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U.S. President Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday. He is set to make the announcement in a speech scheduled for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT). The decision involves the U.S. moving its embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem – which could take up to four years, according to a senior security official. The move has angered Palestinians, who hope to set the future capital of the Palestinian state in East Jerusalem. "Our Palestinian people everywhere will not allow this conspiracy to pass, and their options are open in defending their land and their sacred places," said Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. The move could jeopardize Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and threatens to destabilize the Middle East. Jordan’s King Abdullah said the decision "will have serious implications that will undermine efforts to resume the peace process and will provoke Muslims and Christians alike." – REUTERS

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Time magazine has named the #MeToo anti-harassment movement as its "Person of the Year." The announcement was made on NBC's "Today" show, which last month fired veteran anchor Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct. Time said that the people who have spoken out against sexual harassment this year deserved the award because "their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results." The shortlist of candidates for the award included President Trump, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, among others. – AP

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As part of a five-day aerial drill with South Korea, the U.S. Air Force has deployed a supersonic bomber over the Korean peninsula. During the exercise on Tuesday, the B-1B Lancer simulated bombing a military field. The drill is taking place days after North Korea tested its most powerful missile yet, claiming that it has the range to reach the U.S. mainland. "Through the exercise, the South Korean and U.S. air forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," the South Korean military said in the statement. Around 230 aircraft and 12,000 U.S. military personnel are taking part in the drill. North Korea says the exercise is a provocation and has threatened to retaliate. – NEWSWEEK

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The Mexican immigrant who was acquitted of murdering Kate Steinle has been charged with federal firearm offenses. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate could be sentenced to 20 years in prison if found guilty of one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of an immigrant in possession of a firearm. Last week, Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times, was found not guilty of first degree murder and involuntary manslaughter over the killing of Steinle, who died while walking on a San Francisco pier in 2015. Prosecutors argued that Garcia Zarate purposely opened fired into a crowd, killing Steinle, but defense attorneys said the killing was accidental. – CNN

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Two men have been charged over a plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May. The plan involved attacking Downing Street – the Prime Minister’s office and home. The Guardian reported that the suspects planned to use explosives and knives to kill May. The men, who were arrested on Nov. 28 in London and Birmingham, have been charged with terrorism offenses. – SKYNEWS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek re-election next March. If he wins the vote and finishes a fourth term as president, Putin will have ruled Russia for nearly 25 years. Putin, 65, was president for two terms from 2000 to 2008, and served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012. He won a third term as president in 2012. He continues to be highly popular, and a recent poll indicated that about 80 percent of Russians support his administration. Putin made the announcement after meeting workers at a car factory. This story is developing. – INDEPENDENT

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Firefighters are struggling to contain at least five fires that have burned around 65,000 acres in Southern California. The blazes are being fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. They have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes, burned down around 150 buildings and caused widespread power outages. In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire, the largest of the blazes, was burning an acre per second on Tuesday – a speed that would allow it to scorch New York’s Central Park in minutes. Firefighters had contained 0 percent of the Thomas Fire by Tuesday night. The smoke produced by the fires can be seen from space. – CNN

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Some U.S. postal deliveries will be late because UPS is overwhelmed with items bought online during the Thanksgiving weekend. The company asked drivers to work extra hours to deal with the backlog, but certain items ordered after the holiday weekend will still be delayed by one or two days, a UPS spokesman said. "We have shifted more employees and other resources to these markets to address this cyber week surge and expect to have the issue resolved by midweek, this week," he said. – BLOOMBERG

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Through his attorney, President Trump has asked a Manhattan court to dismiss a defamation case against him. Summer Zervos, a contender on "The Apprentice" in 2005, alleges that Trump fondled her on several occasions. She says Trump later defamed her because he denied the incidents took place and called her a liar. The President argues that he is not liable for his comments because his freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment. Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, said the case should not proceed because "a state court may not exercise jurisdiction over the president of the United States while he or she is in office." Experts say the case could take years to resolve. – BLOOMBERG

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to shrink the size of two more national monuments. President Trump on Monday announced a reduction in the size of two protected areas in Utah. In a report, Zinke recommends cutting Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou monuments, but the new sizes have yet to be determined. The report calls for changes in the way six other land and marine protected areas are managed to allow activities such as grazing, hunting and fishing. The report also recommends the creation of three monuments in Kentucky, Mississippi and Montana. Zinke told reporters that he is confident that Trump will follow his recommendations. Environmental groups and Native Americans have sued the government for reducing the size of the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase National Monuments in Utah. – HILL

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When the executives at Pacific Bell realized that the company needed to be overhauled in the mid-1980s, they quickly realized it wasn’t just their balance sheet that needed fixing; their employees could use a revamp as well.

But they weren’t going to fire their staff of 23,000, as Andre Spicer explains for The Guardian. Instead, they were going to revolutionize their company culture through a method eventually coined “Kroning.”

“Kroning” is a process named after organizational development specialist Charles Krone, who wanted to create a training program to change the way people think and behave. Soon, Pacific Bell staffers were learning new concepts over the course of 10 two-day sessions at the company. Words like “intentionality” and “end-state visions” became a part of their vocabularies. Some started to feel more productive in the workplace, but it wasn’t without drawbacks.

“Although Kroning was packaged in the new-age language of psychic liberation, it was backed by all the threats of an authoritarian corporation,” Spicer explains. “Many employees felt they were under undue pressure to buy into Kroning.”

So how has “Kroning” survived into the 21st century? Furthermore, how is it playing a role in the workplace today?

– @kavermes                                                                 

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