December 2018 Current Events: US News

Updated December 3, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for December 2018:

  1. George HW Bush Dies
  2. US Aircrafts Collide
  3. Charter School Strikes in Chicago
  4. Bomb Threats Sweep US
  5. Texas Court Rules ObamaCare Unconstitutional
  6. New Acting Chief of Staff Named
  7. Salmonella Outbreak
  8. Mattis Quits and the Government Partially Shuts Down

George HW Bush Dies

George Bush

On December 1, former-President George HW Bush died after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. Many politicians have come to Washington D.C. to pay respects. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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US Aircrafts Collide

US Aircrafts

On December 5, two US aircrafts collided over a sea in Japan. Five marines have been reported missing and are feared dead. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Koji Ueda

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Charter School Strikes in Chicago

Chicago Strike

On December 3, teachers at a charter school in Chicago began a strike, the first of its kind in the nation. The teachers are protesting better wages, more funding, and less crowded classrooms. The strike has led classes to be cancelled for the whole week, and is still ongoing as of December 8. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warrenp

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Bomb Threats Sweep US

Bomb Threat Hoax

On December 13, hundreds of bomb threats were emailed to schools and businesses across the US and Canada. The emails demanded bitcoin payment or else bombs would be detonated. Police believe the threats are not credible. On December 14, on the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting, Sandy Hook also received a bomb threat. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

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Texas Court Rules ObamaCare Unconstitutional


On December 15, a Texas federal judge ruled part of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The judge ruled that individual mandate that requires people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty is against the law. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Patrick Sison

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New Acting Chief of Staff Named

Mick Mulvaney

On December 15, President Trump appointed a new acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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Salmonella Outbreak

Salmonella Turkey

On December 21, it was announced that over 200 people have fallen ill due to a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. A single product has not been recalled, so almost anything with turkey product in it is subject to recall. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jayme Halbritter, File

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Mattis Quits and the Government Partially Shuts Down

Jim Mattis

On December 21, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation, citing his disagreement with President Trump over the removal of troops in Syria as the cause. On December 23, President Trump announced that though Mattis agreed to work through February, Trump will replace him with Patrick Shanahan starting January 1. On December 21, the government also went into a partial shutdown after President Trump?s budget for the border wall was rejected. The shutdown is expected to last through the holidays. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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