President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the man he called “the finest vice president we have ever seen.” The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civil honor.
John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95, the Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs said on December 8, 2016.
Protesters are gearing up for the harsh North Dakota winter as demonstrations continue. The government has ordered protesters to leave the federal land by Monday while demonstrators insist they will stay as long as it takes to divert the pipeline.
Meanwhile, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, a group of more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans, intend to reach North Dakota this weekend to provide relief for protesters.
The pipeline is mostly complete except for a short segment that would pass beneath a Missouri River reservoir, a river that provides drinking water for millions. Dakota Access claims that the pipeline is a safer alternative to other modes of crude oil transportation such as rail or trucks.
Gatlinburg officials say several areas are being evacuated as a result of fires in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Pictures from the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Norwegian top-ranked grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin face off in a best-of-12 match that could last through the end of November.
The competition, staged in New York this year, requires both mental and physical stamina as each game could last as long as six hours.
The prize purse of $1.1 million will be divided 60-40 between the young grandmasters, both in their mid-20s.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a concession speech after being defeated by Republican presidential-elect Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016.
Donald J. Trump, the Republican businessman who challenged the political status quo with promises to turn Washington upside down, scored a stunning upset Tuesday to win election as the nation’s 45th president, capping a bitter race that exposed deep rifts within the U.S. electorate.