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The North Korean government claims that it has tested a new missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Kim Jong Un’s government said the projectile reached an altitude of about 2,800 miles and flew approximately 600 miles during its 53-minute flight before it fell in the sea near Japan. "After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force," said a government statement read on TV. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis noted that the projectile flew higher than all the other missiles previously fired by North Korea. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that a diplomatic solution to the tensions with North Korea is still possible and President Trump said: "It is a situation that we will handle." – REUTERS

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Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the shooting deaths of four people. Local police chief Brian Dugan said officers are preparing documents to charge Howell Emanuel Donaldson III with four counts of first-degree murder. The four victims were killed in apparent random attacks while walking alone at night. The suspect was arrested after he asked a worker at a McDonald’s restaurant to hold his loaded 9mm handgun for him. The restaurant’s staff notified a police officer who was doing paperwork at the premises at the time, and the officer called for reinforcements to make the arrest. – CNN

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Robots could take over up to 70 million U.S. jobs by 2030, but the rise of automation is unlikely to fuel unemployment, according to a study. The McKinsey Global Institute said that between 16 million and 54 million U.S. workers could be retrained to do similar jobs to the ones that will soon be done by robots. The new jobs would be created by the automation industry itself, while additional jobs would come from the infrastructure and healthcare sectors. "The dire predictions that robots are going to take our jobs are overstated," says Susan Lund, the group’s director of research. "There will be enough jobs for everyone in most sectors." – USAT

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A Saudi prince detained in a corruption crackdown has been released after striking a $1 billion deal with a prosecutor. Prince Miteb bin Abdullah is the son of the late King Abdullah, and one of the most powerful men in the Kingdom. He was one of the 200 powerful figures including princes, businessmen and military officials arrested after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a sweeping anti-corruption probe on Nov. 4. A government official speaking on condition of anonymity said three other suspects have also reached settlements with the prosecutor’s office, but at least five other suspects will be prosecuted. Earlier this month, officials said that settlements could allow the government to recover up to $100 billion in funds that were illegally obtained by the suspects.BLOOMBERG

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NBC has fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer over accusations of sexual misconduct. In a memo to staff, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said that Lauer's dismissal stems from one reported incident, but there was no "reason to believe" that it was an isolated event. Lauer has yet to make a public statement regarding the accusations. Last year, NBC extended Lauer’s contract through 2018 for a reported $20 million a year. Lauer had been the anchor of the "Today" show since 1997. This story is developing. – NBC

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A federal judge has ruled that President Trump had the authority to appoint Mick Mulvaney as the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The ruling resolves a stalemate between Mulvaney and Leandra English, who was appointed to the position by outgoing CFPB head Richard Cordray. English had asked the judge to issue a restraining order barring Mulvaney from taking on the role. The ruling allows Mulvaney, who also heads the Office of Management and Budget, to lead the CFPB until lawmakers appoint a permanent director. HILL

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A German restaurant owner has been accused of using a radioactive isotope to mark playing cards. Police got track of the scheme after radioactive substances were found in a routine inspection of a garbage truck. By tracing the truck’s route, officers found the restaurant that the 41-year-old suspect owns. They raided the premises and found 13 playing cards laced with iodine-125, a radioactive substance that can be identified with a detector. German police said the suspect might have been involved in a scheme to rig card games. Iodine-125 is commonly used in nuclear medicine imaging and radiation therapy. – AP

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NPR chief news editor David Sweeney has resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. Sweeney’s departure was announced in an email sent to staff by Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news. The email did not elaborate on the accusations against Sweeney, but NPR has reported that Sweeney tried to kiss two unnamed female NPR reporters in 2002 and 2007. In addition, NPR editor Lauren Hodges said Sweeney’s unwanted attention made her uncomfortable. Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president of news resigned earlier this month after being accused of sexual misconduct. – NPR

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Logistics company DHL has pre-ordered 10 Tesla electric trucks. The Tesla Semi was unveiled by the company’s CEO Elon Musk on Nov. 16. "The trucks will be used for shuttle runs and same-day customer deliveries, and will be tested for fuel efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country," the company said. Tesla has not revealed how many trucks have been pre-ordered, but truck fleet operator J.B. Hunt and Wal-Mart have also placed orders. The Semi can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge, which is half the range of an equivalent Class 8 diesel truck. Production will begin in 2019. – REUTERS

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dog bone treats can cause deadly illnesses in dogs. The advisory comes after the FDA found that at least 90 dogs had suffered from illnesses linked to bone treats, and 15 of them had died. Bone treats are typically made of real bones that are processed, flavored and packaged. According to the FDA, they can cause gastrointestinal obstructions, internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. – PEOPLE

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What happens when stores move out of a city neighborhood and properties are left vacant?

Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn are seeing many stores close their doors. In some cases, national chains move in to replace them. But in other instances, no one moves in, and more people are beginning to notice.

“On one level, there’s just so much the city can do,” writes the New York Times editorial board. “Online shopping is here to stay, and it takes an inevitable toll on brick-and-mortar stores. But landlords can be blamed mightily for this blight – the greed among them who raise rents to stratospheric levels, figuring that some deep-pocketed company will pay top dollar for the space.”

In New York City, there is the possibility that the commercial rent tax (on Manhattan businesses below 96th Street) could be restructured. Currently, if a tenant’s annual bill exceeds $250,000, they must pay the city 3.9 percent of it. The threshold could be raised to $500,000, but exactly how much would that help? Is it a matter of legislation that needs to be changed, or does something more need to be done about the neighborhoods themselves?

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