Tonight, cloudy, some drizzle possible. Warmer than recent nights, low 47.
The warming trend continues through the weekend. Saturday: Cloudy/56. Sunday: Rainy/69.
President Barack Obama has dismissed suggestions this is his worst year. Speaking with reporters at the White House for a year-end news conference, he said the criticism is tied to his vacillating poll numbers. He said his concern is growing the economy and noted that it is finally showing significant progress. The government reported today the economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed.
Ugandan lawmakers have passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts, drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it "the worst in the world." The major offences which carry a life sentence include repeated sex offenses among consenting adults.
A federal judge has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional. The judge said Utah's law, passed by voters in 2004, violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. He said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way. Attorneys for the state had argued that Utah's law promotes the state's interest in "responsible procreation" and the "optimal mode of child-rearing."
A roughly $633 billion dollar defense bill awaits President Obama's signature. The bill covers combat pay, new ships and military bases. It also cracks down on sexual assault in the military. Among other things, the bill strips a military commander's ability to overturn jury convictions and requires a civilian review if a commander decides not to prosecute a case.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is set to sign a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges. The governor agreed to sign the bill after a provision making undocumented students eligible for financial aid was removed.
Target says it has fixed the problem that caused 40 million credit and debit card numbers to be stolen. The company still hasn't disclosed exactly how the breach occurred. Stolen information includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers and card expiration dates.
The U.N. says 34,000 people are seeking refuge at its bases in South Sudan. Violence broke out within South Sudan's presidential guard late Sunday and has since spread across the country, leading to fears of a civil war between ethnic groups.