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  • A typhoon that hit the central Philippines Friday night has destroyed large swaths of the region and left at least 19 people dead.
  • Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was confirmed by the Senate as the next ambassador to Japan.
  • ProPublica reports on how the failure of Texas lawmakers to require carbon monoxide detectors in homes contributed to the “worst carbon monoxide poisoning disaster in recent U.S. history” during the February power grid failure there, with more than 1,400 people seeking hospital treatment and at least 17 deaths.
  • Slate looks at how The Breakfast Club radio show became a mainstream political force.
  • The Indonesian beach haven of Bali has only had 45 tourists this year - most of whom arrived by private yacht since the airport is closed to international flights because of the pandemic - compared to 6.2 million in 2019.
  • Major League Quidditch and the US Quidditch league will change their names to an undetermined new name as they seek to distance themselves from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and her “anti-trans positions.”
  • A 42-foot-tall straw Yule goat in Sweden was torched Friday as part of a long tradition of Christmastime attacks, including a 2005 incident where assailants dressed as Santa Claus and a gingerbread man shot flaming arrows at the goat.
  • And finally, let's stay home, get cozy on the couch and wait for your nice bowl of kibble: