1. SYDNEY HOSTAGE CRISIS
BREAKING NEWS: A gunman took more than a dozen people hostage at a chocolate store in Sydney, Australia. The motive is unclear, but the gunman is a suspected Islamist; an ISIS flag has reportedly been seen inside the store. DEVELOPMENTS
VIDEO: It’s unclear exactly how many hostages are in the store. Here’s some dramatic video as one person escaped: WATCH
2. POLICE PROTESTS
MASSIVE MARCHES: People in cities across the country demonstrated to call attention to deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at the “Justice for All Rally” in DC, standing with the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. SEE PICS
VIDEO: Check out this time-lapse aerial video showing the crowd gathering at the MillionsMarchNYC demonstration: SEE IT
3. CIA TORTURE REPORT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet The Press to defend the Central Intelligence Agency’s post-9/11 interrogation tactics, saying, “I’d do it again in a minute.” TIME
In a rare Saturday session, the Senate approved a $1 trillion spending bill that will keep government running through next September. POLITICO
5. COSBY SCANDAL
Bill Cosby broke his silence after multiple women said he drugged and raped them. He told the NY Post, “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.” NY POST
6. WALL STREET
The Dow starts trading today after its worst week of the year– falling nearly 300 points last Friday. The price of crude oil has fallen to its lowest level since 2009. NBC NEWS
Even the Wall Street bull has started drinking heavily.
For the first time in history, a new climate deal requires every nation to commit to reducing greenhouse emissions. But it still falls short of what’s needed to prevent the impact of global warming. NY TIMES
We’ve always wanted beachfront property.
Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Oregon player– and the first Hawaii native– to earn college football’s top individual honor. ESPN
Fox News is reporting Mariota is really from Kenya.
It’s been 20 years since the release of Mariah Carey’s hit All I Want For Christmas is You. Here are 8 things you didn’t know about the song: NY POST
Maybe that’s what happened at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting show. The song expired.
…Prince George in a soldier jumper for his Christmas portrait. SEE PIC
11. OTHER SHTUFF
“Techno Claus”– aka David Pogue– lists the best tech gifts of the year, including a bendable power strip: SEE LIST
Please don’t let this stop you from buying us a simple 55-inch flat screen.
@WhitneyCummings: The way you pronounce Au Bon Pain tells me everything I need to know about you
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Monday, December 15, 2014…