Top News Stories for Today – December 7, 2016

Top News Stories for Today – December 7, 2016

Trump named Time’s Person of the Year

Trump named Time's Person of the YearTime named Donald Trump as Person of the Year on Wednesday morning “for reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s.”

The president-elect beat out Hillary Clinton as well as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, Russian President Vladimir Putin, musician Beyoncé Knowles, and others. Time annually aims to select the person or idea that has had the greatest impact on the news and world in the past year, a tradition it has followed since 1927. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s Person of the Year in 2015 due to her leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis and the Europe debt crisis. Time, The Week



Survivors of Pearl Harbor honor shipmates

Survivors of Pearl Harbor honor shipmatesFour of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona will gather in Hawaii on Wednesday for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which sank the Arizona and pulled the US into World War II.

There were 335 survivors from the Arizona; 1,177 of its officers and crew members were killed. In all, 2,403 Americans died in the attack, most of them on ships at the Pearl Harbor naval base. The Arizona survivors — Lauren Bruner, 96; Lou Conter, 95; Ken Potts, 95; Donald Stratton, 94; and Lonnie Cook, 96, who did not make the trip this year — will honor two of their shipmates who died this year, and whose remains will be interred on the sunken Arizona. USA Today, The Week



Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Indonesia

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits IndonesiaAn earthquake off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people, say local military officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and many people are feared trapped under rubble.

“So far, 97 people have been killed and the number keeps growing,” Aceh military chief Tatang Sulaiman said in a live TV interview. Hundreds of people have been injured. BBC



Trump fires Michael Flynn’s son

Trump fires national security adviser Michael Flynn's sonThe Trump transition team on Tuesday fired Michael G. Flynn, the son of President-elect Donald Trump’s top national security adviser, for backing fake news posts that inspired a shooting incident at Washington’s Comet Ping Pong Pizza restaurant this week.

Transition officials said Flynn, whose father is retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, was ousted partly for his social media posts on a bogus conspiracy accusing aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of running a child sex ring out of the pizza joint’s back room. A North Carolina man armed with an assault rifle was arrested this week for allegedly firing at least two shots at the restaurant when he went to “self-investigate” the phony story. After the incident, the younger Flynn tweeted that “Pizzagate” would “remain a story” until “proven to be false.” The New York Times, The Washington Post



Apple says iPhones safe despite battery fires

iPhone 6sApple has blamed “external factors” for a handful of iPhone battery “fires” in China. Eight users have complained to Shanghai’s consumer watchdog that their iPhone 6 series handsets spontaneously combusted or exploded.

The US tech giant said it had conducted tests on the devices and had found “no cause for concern with these products”. One technology analyst told the BBC she did not believe it to be a widespread problem. Apple said the iPhones had external physical damage “which led to the thermal event”.

The watchdog’s report quoted one woman as saying her iPhone 6S Plus exploded in August, shattering the screen and leaving the battery and back of the phone blackened. The regulator refers to combustion and smoking, but it is not clear whether flames were seen. BBC



Pakistani passenger plane crashes

Pakistani passenger plane crashesA Pakistani passenger plane carrying at least 40 people from the northern town of Chitral to Islamabad crashed Wednesday, officials confirmed. The ATR-42 aircraft of the state-run Pakistan International Airline went down in an isolated mountainous area near the town of Havelian and caught fire immediately, witnesses and provincial police said.

A military spokesman said it has dispatched troops and helicopters to the site to help in rescue efforts. A renowned Pakistani singer turned entrepreneur, Junaid Jamshed and his family were among the passengers, his family and PIA officials confirmed. VOA

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