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The purchase of hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion, by Marriott International. The deal would secure Marriott’s status as the world’s largest hotelier and bring its total global accommodations to 1.1 million rooms.


The record for most passing yards in NFL history, by Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback hit 71,840 career passing yards on Nov. 15, eclipsing Brett Favre.


As mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski, the first openly gay mayor of a major Utah city. Biskupski, who isn’t Mormon, said she hopes the church reconsiders its anti-LGBT stances.

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