Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

December 2015

2015 - Astronomic Configuration - December 1st, 2015: "Sun [8 Sagittarius], Moon [15 Leo], Mercury [16 Sagittarius], Venus [25 Libra], Mars [10 Libra], Jupiter [21 Virgo], Saturn [7 Sagittarius], Uranus [16 Aries R.], Neptune [7 Pisces], Pluto [14 Capricorn], Chiron [16 Pisces]."

[Based on: http://www.biopscinst.com/bpi/ephm/E201512.html]

2015 - U.S. National Debt - December 1st, 2015: "U.S. National Debt Clock - The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Dec 2015 at 01:44:58 AM GMT is: $18,789,886,631.636.68. The estimated population of the United States is 321,880,547 so each citizen's share of this debt is $58,375.34. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.36 billion per day since September 30, 2012! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based  on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 12/01/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.719.92; Change: - 78.57 (- 0.4 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,080.41; Change: - 9.70 (- 0.5 %)." [Based on: p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/01/15]

2015 - Wintry weather blasts Plains, Midwest - December 1st, 2015: "Wintry weather blasts Plains, Midwest [U.S.A.] / Classes canceled; slick roads send vehicles sliding [11/30/15]"
[Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/01/15]

2015 - VTech hack reveals 'sinister' weakness in Internet-linked toys - December 1st, 2015: "VTech hack reveals 'sinister' weakness in Internet-linked toys" 

[Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/01/15]

2015 - Volcanic eruption - December 2nd, 2015: "[...] Beginning on December 2, 2015, the volcano [Etna] began to erupt, sending fountains of lava into the air and jets of hot material as much as 3 kilometers above the summit. [... .]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87097]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.888.35; Change: 168.43 (1.0 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,102.63; Change: 22.22 (1.1 %)." [Based on: p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - 337 whales beached in Chile - December 2nd, 2015: "337 whales [sei whales] beached in Chile" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Same-sex couple get legal divorce - December 2nd, 2015: "Same-sex couple get legal divorce [Mississippi]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Priest gets prison for embezzlement - December 2nd, 2015: "Priest [Rev. Ed Belczak] gets prison for embezzlement ['... Much of the $573,000 came from a deceased parishioner's bequest to the church.'] " [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Chicago police chief fired after video - December 2nd, 2015: "Chicago police chief [Gary McCarthy] fired after video" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Congress reaches transportation deal - December 2nd, 2015: "Congress reaches transportation deal ['a five-year, $281 billion transportation bill']"
[Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - U.S. sending more special forces to fight Islamic State - December 2nd, 2015: "U.S. sending more special forces to fight Islamic State" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Monsanto makes pledge to be carbon neutral by 2021 - December 2nd, 2015: "Monsanto makes pledge to be carbon neutral by 2021 / It will urge farmers to use environmentally friendly methods" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/02/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.729.88; Change: - 158.67 (- 0.9 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,079.51; Change: - 23.12 (- 1.1 %)." [Based on: p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/03/15]

2015 - 14 DIE IN ATTACK / California - December 3rd, 2015: "14 DIE IN ATTACK [12/02/15] / San Bernardino, California" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/03/15]

2015 - U.S. to study Coldwater Creek, cancers - December 3rd, 2015: "U.S. to study Coldwater Creek, cancers / Federal officials pledge to learn if water caused cluster of illnesses" 

[Based on: Title for Article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/03/15]

2015 - Britain begins airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria - December 3rd, 2015: "Britain begins airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria / Critics denounce 'reckless and half-baked intervention' "
[Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/03/15]

2015 - Target reaches additional $39.4 million deal over breach - December 3rd, 2015: "Target reaches additional $39.4 million deal over breach / At least 40 million credit cards were compromised in 2013" [Based on: Title for REUTERS article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/03/15]

2015 - Major Earthquake - December 4th, 2015: "M7.1 - Southeast Indian Ridge"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100043z2#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 4th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.477.67; Change: - 252.01 (- 1.4 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,049.62; Change: - 29.89 (- 1.4 %)." [Based on: p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/04/15]

2015 - Fiat Chrysler recalls - December 4th, 2015: "Fiat Chrysler recalls ['... Dodge Dart small cars ... because of a defect that could affect their brake systems.']"
[Based on: Title for BUSINESS DIGEST article
, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/04/15]

2015 - Climate change vs. investors' bottom line - December 4th, 2015: "Climate change vs. investors' bottom line / Exxon case renews focus on corporate transparency"
[Based on: Title for Reuters article
, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 12/04/15]

2015 - British bomb oil fields in Syria tied to ISIS - December 4th, 2015: "[...] Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his state-of-the-nation address, accused Turkey of 'a trecherous war crime' and bitingly suggested 'Allah must have punished Turkey's ruling clique by depriving it of sense and reason.' [N.P.] Putin also accused Washington and its allies of turning Iraq, Syria and Libya into a 'zone of chaos and anarchy threatening the entire world' by supporting change of regimes in those countries. [... .]" [Based on:A.P. article ( British bomb oil fields in Syria tied to ISIS / Putin blames U.S., allies for chaos), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/04/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.847.63; Change: 369.96 (2.1 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,091.69; Change: 42.07 (2.1 %)." [Based on: p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/05/15]

2015 - Cairo club firebombed; 16 die in blaze - December 5th, 2015: "Cairo club firebombed; 16 die in blaze [12/04/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/15]

2015 - Germany OKs military mission to fight against Islamic State - December 5th, 2015: "Germany OKs military mission to fight against Islamic State / Lawmakers approve noncombat support vs. militants" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/15]

2015 - U.S. arms makers strain to meet demand as Mideast conflicts rage - December 5th, 2015: "[...] Total U.S. foreign military sales approvals surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in the year through September 2015 from about $34 billion a year earlier. Approved sales of missiles, smart bombs and other munitions to U.S. allies jumped to an estimated $6 billion in fiscal 2015 from $3.5 billion a year earlier." [Based on: Reuters article (KEEPING UP WITH CONFLICT / U.S. arms makers strain to meet demand as Mideast conflicts rage), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/05/15]

2015 - Triple suicides in Chad kill 15 - December 6th, 2015: "Triple suicides [suicide bombings] in Chad kill 15 [12/05/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/06/15]

2015 - Spread of fungus threatens to wipe out banana exports - December 6th, 2015: "Spread of fungus [Tropical Race 4] threatens to wipe out banana exports" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/06/15]

2015 - Major Earthquake - December 7th, 2015: "M7.2 - 105km W of Murghob, Tajikistan"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100044k6#general_summary

2015 - Haze over eastern China - December 7th, 2015: "Thick haze blanketed eastern China when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on December 7, 2015. The haze extended southwest from Beijing for hundreds of kilometers and appeared to be particularly dense in low-lying areas in the Guanzhong Plain near Xi’an. Authorities in Beijing have issued a first-ever “red alert” for air pollution. They have closed schools, placed limits on car usage, and ordered some factories to stop operations, according to news reports."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87129]

2015 - PLUTO, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - December 7th, 2015: "PLUTO, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL ['... the new images show features the size of half a city block.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/07/15]

*Links: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/images/index.html

2015 - IS group claims fatal blast in Yemen - December 7th, 2015: "IS group claims fatal blast in Yemen [12/06/15] / Governor, bodyguards die in bombing claimed by Islamic State branch" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/07/15]

2015 - Kerry's words ruffle feathers in Israel - December 7th, 2015: "Kerry's words ruffle feathers in Israel [12/06/15] / 'Binational state' warning is criticized" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/07/15]

2015 - Supply capsule blasts off for space station - December 7th, 2015: "Supply capsule blasts off for space station [12/06/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/07/15]

2015 - Storms, flooding force evacuations in Britain - December 7th, 2015: "Storms, flooding force evacuations in Britain [12/06/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/07/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.730.51; Change: - 117.12 (- 0.7 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,077.07; Change: - 14.62 (- 0.7 %)." [Based on: p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/15]

2015 - Chinese biotech seed firm eyes U.S. market - December 8th, 2015: "Chinese biotech seed firm [Beijing-based Origin Agritech] eyes U.S. market" [Based on: Title for Reuters article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/15]

2015 - More contamination near Coldwater Creek - December 8th, 2015: "More contamination near Coldwater Creek / Toxic material is buried ['6 inches to 5 feet'] and not an active threat" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/08/15]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 9th, 2015: "M6.9 - 106km SE of Amahai, Indonesia"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20004ft7#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 9th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.568.00; Change: - 162.51 (- 0.9 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,063.59; Change: - 13.48 (- 0.6 %)." [Based on: p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - Burundi edges closer to civil war - December 9th, 2015: "Burundi edges closer to civil war" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - Russia launches new airstrikes in Syria - December 9th, 2015: "Russia launches new airstrikes in Syria / Barrage targets munitions, oil facilities; U.S. confirms coalition received early warning" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - U.S. life expectancy stays stable at nearly 79 - December 9th, 2015: "U.S. life expectancy stays stable at nearly 79 / Top age is 83 in Japan, Iceland" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - Chaos engulfs GOP after Trump plan to ban Muslims - December 9th, 2015: "Chaos engulfs GOP after Trump plan to ban Muslims" [Based on: Article (West Lake cleanup hurt by weakening Superfund program, activist group says), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - West Lake cleanup hurt by weakening Superfund program, activist group says - December 9th, 2015: "[...] Gibbs [Lois Gibbs] said she will give the residents' testimonies and the panel's recommendations, including relocation of families living within one mile of the landfill, to the United Nations' Human Rights Council in January. [...] A spokeswoman from EPA headquarters did not respond to a request for comment." [Based on: Article (West Lake cleanup hurt by weakening Superfund program, activist group says), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/09/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 10th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.492.30; Change: - 75.70 (- 0.4 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,047.62; Change: - 15.97 (- 0.8 %)." [Based on: p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - Billionaire backing Bush takes on Trump - December 10th, 2015: "Billionaire [Mike Fernandez] backing Bush takes on Trump" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - At least 1 dies as rains inundate Oregon - December 10th, 2015: "At least 1 dies as rains inundate Oregon [12/09/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - Majority of U.S. renters are now 40 and older - December 10th, 2015: "[...] Rents increased 7 percent between 2001 and 2014 after adjusting for inflation, while incomes fell 9 percent, the report ['by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies'] said. [N.P.] The result is that a larger number of Americans must devote more than 30 percent of their income to rent, a level that the government considers to be financially burdensome. [... .]" [Based on: A.P. article (Majority of U.S. renters are now 40 and older / Housing bust pushed many out of homes), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - New Coldwater Creek nuclear hot spots remain secret - December 10th, 2015: "New Coldwater Creek nuclear hot [St. Louis, Mo.] spots remain secret" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

*Trivia: "County [St. Louis, Mo.] partners with U.S. ['federal researchers'] on Coldwater / Health study will benefit from 'expertise' " [Based on: Title for Article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - Coal industry bankruptcies could cost taxpayers billions / U.S.A. - December 10th, 2015: "Coal industry bankruptcies [U.S.A.] could cost taxpayers billions / Congress told all liabilities for cleanups might not be covered" [Based on: Title for Reuters article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/10/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 11th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.574.75; Change: 82.45 (0.5 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,052.23; Change: 4.61 (0.2 %)." [Based on: p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/11/15]

2015 - SunEdison sells wind assets - December 11th, 2015: "SunEdison sells wind assets" [Based on: Title for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/11/15]

2015 - EPA orders more fire precautions at West Lake - December 11th, 2015: "[...] EPA Regional Administrator Mark Hague said the companies tasked with cleaning up the landfill would have to clear the brush and trees above radioactive material and cover it with material that won't burn, such as gravel or soil. [...] 'If trees or brush were to catch fire near areas where (radiologically impacted material) is located on the surface of (West Lake Landfill), there is the potential for the radionuclides and their daughter products to migrate off site,' the EPA wrote in its order. 'This could present unacceptable exposure to nearby human populations, animals, or the food chain.' [... .]" [Based on: Article (EPA orders more fire precautions at West Lake), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/11/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 12th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.265.21; Change: - 309.54 (- 1.8 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,012.37; Change: - 39.86 (- 1.9 %)." [Based on: p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/12/15]

2015 - Stocks plummet as oil price falls - December 12th, 2015: "Stocks plummet as oil price falls" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/12/15]

2015 - DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger - December 12th, 2015: "DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger, then three-way split ['the combined Dow-Dupont company will be worth $130 billion']" [Based on: Title (and text) forA.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/12/15]

2015 - Nissan recalling Rogue models - December 13th, 2015: "Nissan recalling Rogue models ['... to fix a defect that could cause the sport utility vehicle to unexpectedly shift out of the park position." [Based on: Title (and text) for NATION DIGEST article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - NATIONS REACH DEAL ON CLIMATE - December 13th, 2015: "NATIONS REACH DEAL ON CLIMATE [12/12/15] / But 'Paris agreement' imposes no sanctions for noncompliance" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - Saudi women vote and run for the first time - December 13th, 2015: "Saudi women vote and run for the first time [12/12/15] / New rights test cultural boundaries in country slow to acknowledge women as citizens - even drivers" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - Attacks on military centers in Burundi kill 87 - December 13th, 2015: "Attacks on military centers in Burundi kill 87, army says / More than 150 armed men raid three installations in coordinated violence as residents hide in homes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - 7 half-pound mutts are world's first test-tube puppies - December 13th, 2015: "7 half-pound mutts are world's first test-tube puppies ['born July 10'] / Successful in vitro fertilization could lead to breakthroughs for endangered species" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - Car bomb near hospital in central Syria kills at least 16 - December 13th, 2015: "Car bomb near hospital in central Syria kills at least 16 [12/12/15]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/13/15]

2015 - Typhoon hits Philippines - December 14th, 2015: "Typhoon [Melor] hits Philippines [12/14/15]" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

*Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87162

2015 - Far-rightists flop in France - December 14th, 2015: "Far-rightists flop ['in regional elections'] in France [12/13/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - LANDFILL LOBBY MAKES AD PUSH - December 14th, 2015: "[...] The corps handles the cleanup of other nuclear waste sites around St. Louis, including work on Coldwater Creek in North County. More than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated material have been shipped by rail through Missouri to disposal sites in Western states since the 1990s. West Lake contains an estimated 150,000 cubic yards of radioactive waste, according to the state health department. [... .]" [Based on: Article (LANDFILL LOBBY MAKES AD PUSH / It wants cap option at Bridgeton's West Lake / A cap would cost landfill owners less), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - UN unity plan advanced for Libya - December 14th, 2015: "UN unity plan advanced for Libya / Rivals must aim for unified state, diplomats warn" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - World's carbon diet is tough challenge - December 14th, 2015: "[...] And while China is now the No. 1 carbon dioxide polluter with more than a quarter of the world's emissions, carbon dioxide stays in the air for at least a century, so historical emissions are important. Since 1870, the U.S. is responsible for 18 percent of the world's carbon pollution, compared with 13 percent for China. [... .]" [Based on: A.P. article (World's carbon diet is tough challenge / After cheers for climate pact, the work begins), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - 20 women win at polls in Saudi Arabia - December 14th, 2015: "20 women win at polls in Saudi Arabia / Election is first for female voters, candidates" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - Bomb at market kills at least 20 in Pakistan - December 14th, 2015: "Bomb at market kills at least 20 in Pakistan [12/13/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - Third storm in a week brings more rain, snow to California - December 14th, 2015: "Third storm in a week brings more rain, snow to California [12/13/15]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/14/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.368.50; Change: 103.29 (0.6 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,021.94; Change: 9.57 (0.5 %)." [Based on: p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Rain turns to snow in the West - December 15th, 2015: "Rain turns to snow [12/14/15] in the West [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - 'The Force Awakens' in Los Angeles - December 15th, 2015: " 'The Force Awakens' in Los Angeles ['made its world premiere Monday night']" [Based on: Title for PEOPLE article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Statue in Hungary draws U.S. rebuke - December 15th, 2015: "Statue in Hungary ['life-size statue of Balint Homan'] draws U.S. rebuke" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Man says train riders stood by as he was beaten - December 15th, 2015: "Mark Paffrath says that being robbed and beaten aboard a MetroLink train [St. Louis, Missouri] was not nearly as shocking as having it happen in front of what he estimated as at least 100 people who did nothing about it. [12/13/15]" [Based on: Article (Man says train riders stood by as he was beaten), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Climate pact sinks coal stocks, lifts renewables - December 15th, 2015: "Climate pact sinks coal stocks, lifts renewables" [Based on: Article (Man says train riders stood by as he was beaten), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Storm drops up to 2 feet on Colorado, moves east - December 15th, 2015: "Storm drops up to 2 feet on Colorado, moves east / 425 flights canceled in Denver; highways become slippery mess" [Based on: A.P. article (Last-minute budget deal is reached / Plan includes spending increases, extension of tax credits; ban lifted on crude exports, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - U.N. invites nations to sign climate pact on Earth Day - December 15th, 2015: "U.N. invites nations to sign climate pact on Earth Day [April 22]" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/15/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.524.91; Change: 156.41 (0.9 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,043.41; Change: 21.47 (1.1 %)." [Based on: p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - MMS merges with 2 firms - December 16th, 2015: "MMS ['A medical supply Co.'] merges with 2 firms ['Kreisers of South Dakota and Ohio-based Seneca Medical']" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Republican debate / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2015: "Candidates clash over best ways to keep U.S. safe [12/15/15] / Bush chides 'chaos' from Trump; Rubio, Cruz split on spying / Terrorist attacks have spurred security debate" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, pp. A1 & A7, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - School districts are targeted - December 16th, 2015: "School districts are targeted / LA cancels classes; New York dismisses 'outlandish' hoax, stays open" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Saudi Arabia forms Islamic military bloc - December 16th, 2015: "Saudi Arabia forms Islamic military bloc / 34-nation coalition unites to fight extremists; Shiite-led countries are notably absent ['... that omission raises questions about whether the 34-member bloc is primarily intended to present a unified front against extremists - or to also serve as a Sunni deterrent to Iran, Saudi Arabia's main regional rival.']" [Based on: Title (and text) forA.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Last-minute budget deal is reached / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2015: "[...] The package would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and defense spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them. [N.P.] It lifts the 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, a long-sought GOP goal, and delays two taxes meant to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law, one on high-value health plans and the other on medical devices. [... .]" [Based on: A.P. article (Last-minute budget deal is reached / Plan includes spending increases, extension of tax credits; ban lifted on crude exports, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Iran violated U.N. resolution by firing missile - December 16th, 2015: "Iran [10/10/15] violated U.N. resolution by firing missile ['Iran says none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Fighting continues as peace talks begin over Yemen - December 16th, 2015: "Fighting continues ['between Yemen's internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels'] as peace talks begin over Yemen" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - ChemChina chairman said to meet with Syngenta in bid talks - December 16th, 2015: "ChemChina chairman said to meet with Syngenta in bid talks / Informal talks with Monsanto are also ongoing, sources say" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/16/15]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 17th, 2015: "M6.6 - 9km ENE of Tres Picos, Mexico"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100047zq#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 17th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.749.09; Change: 224.18 (1.3 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,073.07; Change: 29.66 (1.5 %)." [Based on: p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/17/15]

2015 - FED RAISES KEY RATE - December 17th, 2015: "FED RAISES KEY RATE / Benchmark interest rate is hiked by a quarter of a percentage point" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/17/15]

2015 - Mistrial for 1st officer in Baltimore death - December 17th, 2015: "Mistrial for 1st officer in Baltimore death ['Freddie Gray's death']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/17/15]

2015 - U.S. adds 'bulletin' to terrorism alert system - December 17th, 2015: "U.S. adds 'bulletin' to terrorism alert system" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/17/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 18th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.495.84; Change: - 253.25 (- 1.4 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,041.89; Change: - 31.18 (- 1.5 %)." [Based on: p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - DRUG CEO ARRESTED - December 18th, 2015: "DRUG CEO [Martin Shkreli] ARRESTED / Vilified over soaring prescription prices, he's accused of fraud" [Based on: Title for Reuters article, p. C1, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - December 18th, 2015: "Release dates: December 14, 2015 (Los Angeles premiere) / December 18, 2015 (United States)" [Based on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Force_Awakens]

2015 - California shooter's friend charged - December 18th, 2015: "California shooter's friend charged / He is accused of aiding plots at college, on freeway" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - Syrian activists in hiding after killings - December 18th, 2015: "Syrian activists in hiding after killings / Dead men were members of group documenting abuses by Islamic State" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - Ash Carter admits use of personal email - December 18th, 2015: "Ash Carter [U.S. Defense Secretary] admits use of personal email / Defense secretary: 'I should have known better' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - Bill would set safety standards for chemicals - December 18th, 2015: "Bill would set safety standards for chemicals [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - New Orleans to remove Confederate monuments - December 18th, 2015: "New Orleans to remove Confederate monuments" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - U.S. poised to lift sanctions on Iran as early as January under nuke pact - December 18th, 2015: "U.S. poised to lift sanctions on Iran as early as January under nuke pact" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/18/15]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 19th, 2015: "M6.2 - 128km N of Isangel, Vanuatu"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000489i#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 19th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.128.55; Change: - 367.29 (- 2.1 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,005.55; Change: - 36.34 (- 1.8 %)." [Based on: p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/19/15]

2015 - Coalition planes strike Iraqi forces, killing officer - December 19th, 2015: "Coalition planes strike Iraqi forces ['the Iraqi military said on Friday'], killing officer ['nine were injured']" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article (Congress approves budget deal; Obama signs it into law), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/19/15]

2015 - Congress approves budget deal; Obama signs it into law - December 19th, 2015: "[...] SPENDING - Provides $1.15 trillion to fund the daily operating budgets of Cabinet agencies through Sept. 30, 2016. Including $607 billion for defense, which contains $59 billion for overseas military operations. Nondefense programs would receive $543 billion. The departments of Justice, Veterans Affairs and Defense won generous increases, as did NASA. [... .]" [Based on: A.P. article (Congress approves budget deal; Obama signs it into law), pp. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 12/19/15]

*Trivia:  "U.S. National Debt Clock / The estimated population of the United States is 322,000,732 so each citizen's share of this debt is $58,385.74. [N.P.] The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.33 billion per day since September 30, 2012! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 20th, 2015: "M6.0 - 36km N of Tarakan, Indonesia"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100048hc#general_summary

2015 - Democratic presidential primary debate - December 20th, 2015: "Democrats focus on security issues [12/19/15] / Sanders apologizes to Clinton for data breach; talk moves on to terrorism" [Based on: Title forA.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/20/15]

2015 - Avalanche strikes remote spot in Norway - December 20th, 2015: "Avalanche strikes remote spot [Svalbard] in Norway [12/19/15]" [Based on: Title for WORLD DIGEST article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/20/15]

2015 - SpaceX will return to flight, attempt to return to land - December 20th, 2015: "SpaceX will return to flight, attempt to return to land" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/20/15]

*Trivia: "SpaceX launches, lands rocket" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Miss World 2015 - December 21st, 2015: "Spaniard [Mirela Lalaguna Royo] is new Miss World [12/19/15]" [Based on: Title for WORLD DIGEST article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/21/15]

2015 - Miss Universe 2015 - December 21st, 2015: "Host [Steve Harvey] crowns Colombia [Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo]; Philippines [Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach] won [12/20/15]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/21/15]

2015 - Man dies in Montana avalanche - December 21st, 2015: "Man dies in Montana avalanche" [Based on: Title for NATION DIGEST article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/21/15]

2015 - Notorious Lebanese militant is killed in airstrike - December 21st, 2015: "Notorious Lebanese militant [Samir Kantar] is killed in airstrike [12/19/15] / Man was convicted in grisly attack in Israel; Hezbollah vows revenge" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/21/15]

2015 - National park born from remains of polluted nuclear weapons site / Washington - December 21st, 2015: "National park [Hanford Nuclear Reservation] born from remains of polluted nuclear weapons site / Tourists can soon visit world's first full-size reactor, ghost towns of Manhattan Project" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/21/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.251.62; Change: 123.07 (0.7 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,021.15; Change: 15.60 (0.8 %)." [Based on: p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/22/15]

2015 - J.P. Morgan settles lawsuit - December 22nd, 2015: "J.P. Morgan settles lawsuit ['... $150 million to public pension funds and individuals hurt by its $6 billion "London Whale" trading loss.' " [Based on: Title (and text) for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. A8 , S.L.P.D., 12/22/15]

2015 - TALIBAN KILL 6 U.S. SOLDIERS - December 22nd, 2015: "ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN / TALIBAN KILL 6 U.S. SOLDIERS [12/21/15]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/22/15]

2015 - Dozens missing in China landslide - December 22nd, 2015: "Dozens missing in China landslide ['industrial park in Shenzhen']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/22/15]

2015 - Driver, 24, in fatal Las Vegas crash says she was stressed living in car - December 22nd, 2015: "Driver ['A homeless woman ...'], 24, in fatal Las Vegas crash [12/20/15] says she was stressed living in car ['... stressed out after being chased by security guards from parking lots where she had been trying to sleep ... .'] / She slammed auto into a crowd of pedestrians on Strip, officials say" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/22/15]

2015 - M4-class solar flare - December 23rd, 2015: "SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT: In the past 24 hours, sunspot AR2473 has more than quadrupled in size. On Dec. 23rd (00:40 UT) it erupted, producing an M4-class solar flare. [... .]"

[Based on: http://www.spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. 12/23/15]

2015 - Nestle to go cage-free - December 23rd, 2015: "Nestle to go cage-free ['by 2020']" [Based on: Title for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 23rd, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.417.27; Change: 165.65 (1.0 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,038.97; Change: 17.82 (0.9 %)." [Based on: p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Moscow basks in warmth - December 23rd, 2015: "Moscow basks in warmth" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Ford recalls cars over headlights - December 23rd, 2015: "Ford recalls cars over headlights ['... about 313,000 older large cars in North America because the headlights can go dark and cause a crash']" [Based on: Title (and text) for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Iraqi troops advance in battle for key city - December 23rd, 2015: "Iraqi troops advance in battle for key city [Ramadi]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Flow of migrants to Europe will top 1 million this year - December 23rd, 2015: "Flow of migrants to Europe will top 1 million this year / Global advocates urge governments to make move safer for refugees" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - British troops deploy to counter fierce Taliban fighting in Afghan province - December 23rd, 2015: "British troops deploy to counter fierce Taliban fighting in Afghan province" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 24th, 2015: "M6.1 - Southern East Pacific Rise"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100049ce#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 24th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.602.61; Change: 185.34 (1.1 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,064.29; Change: 25.32 (1.2 %)." [Based on: p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - Storms kill 4 in Midwest, South - December 24th, 2015: "Storms [12/23/15] kill 4 in Midwest, South [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - More quakes feared for Nevada - December 24th, 2015: "More quakes feared for Nevada ['A series of more than 30 ... over the past two days occurred on the most significant fault structure in the area ... .']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - 2 Israelis are killed outside Old City - December 24th, 2015: "2 Israelis are killed outside Old City [12/23/15] / Police fatally shoot Palestinian attackers, Israeli bystander in Jerusalem" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - Chile to pay some students' college costs - December 24th, 2015: "Chile to pay some students' college costs" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - Japan approves record military budget - December 24th, 2015: "Japan approves record military budget ['The $42.1 billion proposal is part of an $800 billion national budget plan for the year beginning April 2016, also an all time high.]" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - More scrutiny sought for military's drone strikes - December 24th, 2015: "More scrutiny sought for military's drone strikes / Rise in civilian deaths feared from military drone strikes" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, pp. A1 & A8, S.L.P.D., 12/23/15]

2015 - Libya wants to wait on international airstrikes - December 24th, 2015: "Libya wants to wait on international airstrikes" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/24/15]

2015 - Strong Earthquake - December 25th, 2015: "M6.3 - 41km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan"

*Link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100049i1#general_summary

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 25th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.552.17; Change: - 50.44 (- 0.3 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,060.99; Change: - 3.30 (- 0.2 %)." [Based on: p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Fiat Chrysler recalls SUVs - December 25th, 2015: "Fiat Chrysler recalls SUVs ['... wiring in the vanity mirror may overheat and create a fire hazard. ... a clamp may allow power steering fluid to leak, creating a possible fire hazard. ... .']" [Based on: Title for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Afghans thwart Taliban in key area - December 25th, 2015: "Afghans thwart Taliban in key area / U.S. airstrikes helps government defend attacks in vital district in Helmand province" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Tornadoes slam across South / U.S.A. - December 25th, 2015: "Tornadoes slam across South ['Unseasonably warm weather Wednesday helped spawn twisters from Arkansas to Michigan.']; at least 14 are killed" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Tip rules take bite out of servers' pay / U.S.A. - December 25th, 2015: "Tip rules take bite out of servers' pay / Many restaurant chains abandon auto-gratuity, but employees fight back" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. B5, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Mother says man shot by officer  was mentally ill - December 25th, 2015: "Mother says man ['An unarmed black man ...'] shot by officer  [Detroit] was mentally ill [12/23/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Burundian rebel group aims to oust Nkurunziza - December 25th, 2015: "Burundian rebel group aims to oust Nkurunziza / President broke constitutional rule for 3rd term" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - U.S. working with Puerto Rico to tackle massive debt - December 25th, 2015: "U.S. working with Puerto Rico to tackle massive debt ['some 70 billion in debt ... poverty rate of 45 percent'] / Island needs ability to address issue, treasury secretary says" [Based on: Title for Reuters article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 12/25/15]

2015 - Syrian rebel leader reportedly killed - December 26th, 2015: "Syrian rebel leader [Zahran Alloush] reportedly killed" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/26/15]

2015 - 60 charged this year in terrorism cases / U.S.A. - December 26th, 2015: "60 charged this year in terrorism cases [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/26/15]

2015 - More than 100 killed in tanker truck fire / Nigeria - December 26th, 2015: "More than 100 killed [12/24/15] in tanker truck fire [Nnewi, Nigeria]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/26/15]

2015 - Severe weather brings another tornado, flooding / U.S.A. - December 26th, 2015: "Severe weather [12/25/15] brings another tornado [Alabama], flooding" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/26/15]

2015 - Died / Meadowlark Lemon - December 27th, 2015: "Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies [12/27/15] at 83" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - REVISITING ETHICS REFORM - December 27th, 2015: "Missouri is the only state with No limits on lobbyist gifts; No campaign contribution limits; No laws governing when a legislator can become a lobbyist / REVISITING ETHICS REFORM / House, Senate leaders say 'cleaning up the culture' is priority for 2016" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/27/15]

2015 - Flooding hits South America - December 27th, 2015: "Flooding hits South America ['following days of torrential rain']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/27/15]

2015 - Britain even soggier than usual - December 27th, 2015: "Britain [12/26/15] even soggier than usual ['... Authorities issued some 335 flood alerts in all ... .']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/27/15]

2015 - Tornadoes slam into Dallas area - December 27th, 2015: "Tornadoes slam into Dallas area [12/26/15] / At least 7 are killed; Snow and cold skewer New Mexico, Plains" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/27/15]

2015 - Day of heavy rain swamps streets / St. Louis, Mo. - December 27th, 2015: "Day of heavy rain [St. Louis] swamps streets [12/26/15]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/27/15]

2015 - THE SKY IS FALLING / St. Louis, Mo. - December 28th, 2015: "THE SKY IS FALLING / WETTEST YEAR ['2015 officially became the wettest year on record.'] / State of emergency [St. Louis region] is declared as rain pours, streams swell, roads become rivers [12/27/15]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/28/15]

2015 - British military helps combat flooding - December 28th, 2015: "British military helps combat flooding [12/27/15] / 'Unprecedented disaster forces evacuations, widespread power outages in major cities" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/28/15]

2015 - Grief over Chicago woman 'tragically killed' - December 28th, 2015: "Grief over Chicago woman 'tragically killed' / Police already under fire over 2014 shooting called upon to explain 2 weekend deaths [12/27/15]" [Based on: Title for Special to Washington Post article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/28/15]

2015 - Israeli liberals call funding disclosure bill a 'muzzling law' - December 28th, 2015: "Israeli liberals call funding disclosure bill ['that imposes new disclosure requirements on nonprofit groups that receive foreign funding'] a 'muzzling law' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/28/15]

2015 - Kentucky mall reopens Sunday after disturbance caused by thousands - December 28th, 2015: "Kentucky mall reopens Sunday after disturbance caused by thousands ['... roving bands of unruly teens ... .']" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/28/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.528.27; Change: - 23.90 (- 0.1 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,056.50; Change: - 4.49 (- 0.2 %)." [Based on: p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Whole Foods settles probe - December 29th, 2015: "Whole Foods settles probe ['... it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations it overcharged customers for prepackaged foods.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for BUSINESS DIGEST article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Death toll rises to at least 80 in Nigeria - December 29th, 2015: "Death toll rises to at least 80 in Nigeria ['In Maiduguri ... at least 30 were killed and more than 90 wounded in overnight blasts and shootouts ...]" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Iran's uranium supply heads to Russia - December 29th, 2015: "Iran's uranium supply heads to Russia / Shipping stockpile of enriched materials moves country closer to nuclear compliance" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Venezuela among world's deadliest nations - December 29th, 2015: "Venezuela among world's deadliest nations ['... 27,875 killings occurred this year ... .']" [Based on: Title (and text) for DIGEST article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Iraqi forces take control of Ramadi city center - December 29th, 2015: "Iraqi forces take control of Ramadi city center [12/28/15]" [Based on: Title for DIGEST article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Wounded fighters, civilians evacuated from Syria - December 29th, 2015: "Wounded fighters, civilians evacuated from Syria ['under a U.N.-backed truce']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Winter storms a 'fluke,' not work of El Nino, scientist says - December 29th, 2015: "Winter storms a 'fluke,' not work of El Nino, scientist [Nicholas A. Bond] says" [Based on: Title for Article by Chuck Raasch, p. A6, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/29/15]

2015 - Midwest Plains states throttled by twisters, ice, snow, floods - December 29th, 2015: "Midwest Plains states [U.S.A.] throttled by twisters, ice, snow, floods" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Japan, S. Korea settle sex slave issue with $8 million, apology - December 29th, 2015: "Japan, S. Korea settle sex slave [during World War II] issue with $8 million, apology" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/29/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 30th, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.720.98; Change: 192.71 (1.1 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,078.36; Change: 21.86 (1.1 %)." [Based on: p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - Moderate Earthquake / California - December 30th, 2015: "Earthquake [4.4] rattles San Bernardino [12/29/15]" [Based on: Title for NATION DIGEST article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - 10 Islamic State leaders die in U.S. airstrikes - December 30th, 2015: "10 Islamic State leaders die in U.S. airstrikes ['over the past month'] / At least two were linked to Paris attacks, official says; 'more fighting to do' " [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - Sewage flows into Meramec as plant fails / Fenton, Mo. - December 30th, 2015: "Sewage flows ['for days'] into Meramec as plant [Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's Fenton plant] fails" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - Sewage plant flooded; lake runoff hits record / Springfield, Mo. - December 30th, 2015: "Sewage plant [Northwest Cleanwater Treatment Plant] flooded [Springfield, Missouri]; lake runoff [Table Rock Lake] hits record" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - Deadly Midwest storm delivers taste of winter in Northwest - December 30th, 2015: "Deadly Midwest storm [12/29/15] delivers taste of winter in Northwest [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 31st, 2015: "Dow Jones Industrials - Close: 17.603.87; Change: - 117.11 (- 0.7 %) / S&P 500 - Close 2,063.36; Change: - 15.00 (0.7 %)." [Based on: p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/30/15]

2015 - KaloBios files for bankruptcy - December 31st, 2015: "KaloBios ['the troubled drugmaker taken over by Martin Shkrell last month'] files for bankruptcy" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - SunEdison to trim debt, sell solar stake - December 31st, 2015: "SunEdison to trim debt, sell solar stake" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - U.S. parks need face-lift; funds lacking - December 31st, 2015: "U.S. parks need face-lift; funds lacking / As Park Service nears 100, $11.5 billion in upgrades are needed nationwide" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Icahn reaches deal to purchase Pep Boys - December 31st, 2015: "Icahn reaches deal to purchase Pep Boys" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Puerto Rico to default on $37 million owed - December 31st, 2015: "Puerto Rico to default on $37 million owed; U.S. House vows help" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Turks, Belgians report foiling holiday attacks - December 31st, 2015: "Turks, Belgians report foiling holiday attacks / New Year's events in Paris, Brussels canceled; militants linked to Islamic State arrested" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Cosby charged with sex crime dating to 2004 - December 31st, 2015: "Cosby [Bill Cosby] charged with sex crime dating to 2004" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Companies spent record $5 trillion on acquisitions - December 31st, 2015: "Companies ['around the world'] spent record $5 trillion on acquisitions ['this year']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Burundi feared spiraling closer to Hutu-Tutsi war - December 31st, 2015: "Burundi feared spiraling closer to Hutu-Tutsi war / But president warns outside peacekeepers to stay away" [Based on: Title forArticle, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Radon gas escaping by landfill / St. Louis County, Missouri - December 31st, 2015: "Radon gas [radioactive isotope lead - 210] escaping by landfill [West Lake Landfill, Bridgeton, Mo.], new study suggests" [Based on: Title forArticle, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Poland moves ahead with plan to take control of state radio, TV - December 31st, 2015: "[...] The legislation gives the government the authority to appoint heads of the state-run radio and TV, limits the number of supervisory board members and terminates the terms of the current management, appointed by the previous establishment. [... .]" [Based on: DIGEST article (Poland moves ahead with plan to take control of state radio, TV), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Report that NSA spied on Israeli leader leads to calls for answers - December 31st, 2015: "[...] In some cases the NSA overheard Israeli officials trying to convince undecided lawmakers to oppose the deal ['Iran nuclear deal'], which Congress ultimately failed to block.' [... .]" [Based on: A.P. article (Report that NSA spied on Israeli leader leads to calls for answers, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/31/15]

2015 - Flood Trivia / 2015 - "Number of notable floods this year (reported by U.S. newspapers, generally): at least 15. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 76." [- E.M.]

2015 - Volcano Trivia / 2015 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year: at least
 5. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [- E.M.]

2015 - Avalanche Trivia / 2015 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year (reported by U.S. newspapers, generally): at least 5. Number of reported deaths: at least 580" [- E.M.]

2015 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2015 - "Number of notable storms this year include: at least 5 Tropical Storms, 8 Hurricanes, 5 Cyclones & 9 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 109. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [- E.M.]

2015 - Earthquake Trivia / 2015 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in 2015: at least 137 [1 Great, 19 Major;  116 Strong]. [In 2014: 169, 2013: 79; 2012: 127; 2011: 196; 2010: 158; 2009: 141; 2008: 217; 2007: 171; 2006: 145; 2005: 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes (and earthquake tsunamis) in 2015: at least 9,454." [- E.M.]

2015 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2015 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national (U.S.A.) news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated this timeline] in 2015: at least 18,214 " [- E.M.]

*Trivia: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/14/us-munich-re-catastrophes-idUSKCN0PO17B20150714

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