Sen. Al Franken Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken said Thursday that he plans to step down “in the coming weeks.” 

The decision comes a day after a majority of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called on Franken to resign. Read the story from The Atlantic.

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Bitcoin’s Price is Skyrocketing

Bitcoin, a form of digital money un-administered by a central authority, shot past $16,000 apiece Thursday, up from about $1,000 at the start of the year. It was going for about $220 in early 2015 — meaning anyone who invested a mere $13,000 in bitcoin back then would now own $1 million in the emerging currency. Read the story from the LA Times

More Than 400 Structures Destroyed in LA Fires

By Thursday evening, the Thomas fire had consumed 115,000 acres, destroyed 427 structures in Ventura and damaged at least 85 more, authorities said. An additional 12 structures were destroyed in unincorporated areas of Ventura County. Read the story from the LA Times.

Color of the Year

Specifically, “Ultra Violet” is the “provocative and thoughtful” hue for 2018, Pantone says. What does it mean? Maybe mystery or royalty ... or, perhaps, high odds of fiery destruction. Read the story from NPR.

Former US Gymnastics Team Doctor Sentenced

A federal judge has sentenced Larry Nassar, the former Olympic team doctor accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts and other athletes, to 60 years in prison on a separate child pornography charge. Read the story from the LA Times.