The Rundown for Dec. 25, 2018

STOCKS PLUMMET… Stocks plummeted yesterday on the worst day of Christmas Eve trading ever as mixed signals about the economy from the White House rightened the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 653.17 points, or 2.91 percent, in a shortened holiday session. The S&P 500 dropped 2.7 percent, bringing it down 20.6 percent for the year. The Nasdaq fell 2.2 percent.

LONELY TRUMP WAITS FOR DEAL… President Trump continued to urge Democrats to agree on a budget that provides wall funding yesterday on the third day of the government shutdown. Trump tweeted that he was “all alone” at the White House waiting for a deal to come through. Democrats have refused to give Trump the $5 billion he has been demanding.

JUSTICE GINSBURG ON THE MEND… Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is reported to be up and moving around after having malignant growths removed from her lung on Friday. The 85-year-old justice worked from her bed over the weekend, according to a court spokeswoman. Ginsburg cast the deciding vote Friday against the Trump administration’s enforcing a ban on asylum for migrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

JUDGE ORDERS NORTH KOREA TO PAY OVER WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT… A federal judge has ordered North Korea to pay $500 million to the parents who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of their son. Otto Warmbier was detained in January 2016 after prosecutors charged him with stealing a propaganda poster during a five-day tour of the communist country. Warmbier was returned to the U.S. 17 months later “with severe brain damage and in a nonresponsive state” and died less than a week later.

UN RIGHTS EXPERT WANTS INVESTIGATION OF MIGRANT’S DEATH… A United Nations human rights expert is calling on U.S. authorities to conduct a full and independent investigation into the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl in U.S. custody and to stop detaining children. Felipe González Morales, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, also wants the family of Jakelin Caal to be given access to legal representation in the proceedings in a language they understand. Caal and her father Nery were in a group of more than 160 migrants who turned themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico earlier this month. Jakelin developed a high fever while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and died two days later at a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Her family is from the Mayan indigenous community.

KEVIN SPACEY TO BE ARRAIGNED… The Cape and Islands, Massachusetts, district attorney announced yesterday that Kevin Spacey has been charged with one count of felony sexual assault. The Academy Award-winning actor will be arraigned next month on allegations he sexually assaulted the teenage son of a Boston television anchor at a Nantucket bar in July 2016. The 59-year-old Spacey will be arraigned January 7 on a charge of indecent assault and battery.

SYFY CANCELS ‘Z NATION’… The SyFy channel has canceled its zombie-apocalypse drama “Z Nation” after five seasons. The series, which stars Kellita Smith, Keith Allan, DJ Qualls, Mario Van Peebles and Lydia Hearst, will conclude with Friday’s episode. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the Z Nation companion series “Black Summer.”

OAKLAND 27 – Denver 14… Doug Martin rushed for 107 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run, to lead the Raiders (4-11) past the Broncos (6-9). Dwayne Harris opened the scoring with a 99-yard punt return for a first-quarter score.

Milwaukee is at New York…
Houston hosts Oklahoma City…
Philadelphia is at Boston…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Utah hosts Portland

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