The Brief

Inside A United Parcel Service Inc. Distribution Facility On Cyber Monday
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Clicks Beat Bricks

Online retail trackers said that online sales for 'Cyber Monday' had already hit $490 million by late morning on their way to $3 billion for the day, as traditional Black Friday sales figures showed disappointing totals

This photo taken on Nov. 30, 2015, shows rows of U.S. dollar, euro, Chinese yuan, and Japanese yen bills.

Chinese Yuan Added to World's Leading Currencies

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese renminbi or yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies. The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound

Protestors gather outside Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in Baltimore on Nov. 30, 2015.

Protests Erupt as First Freddie Gray Trial Begins

Protests erupted outside a Baltimore courthouse as jury selection began for the first of six police officers being tried in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray. Some of the roughly 50 protesters could be heard shouting “All night all day! We will fight for Freddie Gray!”

Saudi-Arabien Tower

World’s Tallest Tower Gets Funding in Saudi Arabia

The roughly 3,280-foot Jeddah Tower, also known as the Kingdom Tower, will have 200 floors and 59 elevators overlooking the Rea Sea when it opens in 2020. It will be the first building to exceed 1 kilometer in height

Young woman in silhouette.

Peace Corps Report Says 1 in 5 Volunteers Are Sexually Assaulted

One in five of the nearly 7,000 American Peace Corps volunteers serving around the world is sexually assaulted during their service, according to an internal agency report. The report also details instances of personnel being allowed to resign after being accused of assault.

Africa Pope

Pope Francis: World Nearing Climate Change 'Suicide'

The pope said the United Nations' conference on climate change may be one of the last opportunities for countries to take steps toward avoiding a environmental catastrophe. It's "now or never," he told reporters

Jason Van Dyke

Bond Set for Chicago Cop Charged in Teen's Shooting

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, has been in jail since prosecutors charged him in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17. Facing first-degree murder charges, he will have to post $150,000 to be released from Cook County Jail, 10% of the bond total

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Town Hall In Iowa

Trump Says 'Many' Black Pastors Endorsed Him

Donald Trump's meeting with black evangelical pastors Monday may not have happened the way his campaign initially envisioned it would, but he still says he received "many" endorsements from it

U.S. President Barack Obama attends the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, France, outside of Paris, on Nov. 30, 2015.

Obama: U.S. Embraces Climate Duty

President Obama urged more than 100 world leaders to act decisively in Paris in the coming weeks to come to a sweeping climate change agreement, marking the start of negotiations that share more consensus abroad than in the U.S

Saturday Night Live - Season 41

Adele’s 25 Debuts at No. 1 With Record-Smashing Sales

Adele’s record-shattering first-week album sales for 25 have earned her the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart. The set earned 3.48 million equivalent album units in its first week — 3.38 million of which were pure album sales.