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1. President Trump has nominated former Attorney General William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as head of the Department of Justice. Barr served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. Trump also nominated former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as U.N ambassador. Nauert currently works as a spokeswoman for the State Department. She would replace Nikki Haley, who is set to step down at the end of the year. — CNN/NPR

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2. Several media outlets have reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to resign in the coming days. CNN said that Kelly and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms. Speculation about Kelly's plans to step down has been rife for weeks. Citing anonymous White House sources, Axios, CNN and ABC reported that Nick Ayers, who currently serves as Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is the leading candidate to replace Kelly. — ABC

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3. The Trump administration is scrapping an Obama-era rule designed to reduce carbon emissions from coal plants. The rule in question required new coal plants to install carbon capture technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said: "Consistent with President Trump’s executive order promoting energy independence, EPA’s proposal would rescind excessive burdens on America’s energy providers." During a press conference, Wheeler said that "coal is the cheapest form of electricity and cheap electricity helps the environment." — VOX

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4. An undocumented immigrant told the New York Times that she has been working as a housekeeper for the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey since 2013. The report says that "Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies." A second woman said that she was an illegal resident when she worked for the club between 2010 and 2013. There is no evidence to suggest that the Trump Organization knew that the women were in the country illegally. When asked for comment, the Trump Organization noted that it employs tens of thousands of people. "If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately," it said. — NEW YORK TIMES

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5. The U.S. economy created 155,000 jobs in November, below the 198,000 estimated in a Bloomberg survey. Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase said he expects economic growth to slow down in the fourth quarter of 2018. "And you should probably also expect to see the labor market cool off some. It’s consistent with the economy coming off what people call a sugar rush," he added. The sectors that created the most jobs in November were health care, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. For comparison, 237,000 jobs were created in October and 119,000 in September. In November, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent for the third month in a row, the BLS said. — BLOOMBERG 

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6. Actor Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars ceremony amid controversy over homophobic tweets sent years ago. "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past," Hart tweeted late on Thursday. Although the anti-gay tweets have disappeared from Hart's account, the Hollywood Reporter cited three tweets that were sent between 2009 and 2011 and said that there were many more. — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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7. Fiat Chrysler plans to set up a new factory in Detroit. Sources told CNBC that the new plant will assemble the company's new Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV starting in 2020. Amid strong demand for bigger vehicles, several automakers have unveiled plans to wind down production of sedans to focus on SUVs. Meanwhile, other carmakers including Ford and GM have recently said that they plan to scale back production of cars in the U.S. — CNBC

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8. Marlboro's parent company is buying a stake in a Canadian medical and recreational cannabis firm. The Altria Group will pay $1.8 billion for a 45 percent stake in the Cronos Group. The agreement includes a warrant under which Altria is entitled to buy a further 10 percent in Cronos for $1 billion. — YAHOO

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9. Scientists are puzzled as to why Hawaiian seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses. This rarely happened in the past, but experts have seen more and more cases over the past couple of years, said Charles Littnan, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "We have no idea why it's happening," Littnan added. However, he speculated that the eels may have gotten stuck while trying to escape. He also said that all the seals found with eels stuck in their noses were juvenile and, therefore, inexperienced at hunting. — LIVE SCIENCE

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10. 27 people have been arrested in Colombia on suspicion of transporting wads of cash in their stomachs. Police say that these so-called "mules" can swallow more than 100 pellets composed of five $100 notes inside a latex capsule. The money was apparently sent by Mexican drug cartels as a payment to Colombian gangs. — THE GUARDIAN

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Written and curated by Eduardo Garcia in New York. Eduardo is a former foreign correspondent who spent 10 years in Latin America. He has reported on topics such as economics, political unrest, commodities and the environment.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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