November 17, 2016 5:53 AM EST

‘It is so big. It’s so enormous. It’s so amazing.’

Donald Trump, U.S. President-elect, reflecting on the significance of his victory, in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Nov. 13

‘It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.’

Carrie Fisher, actor, confirming to People magazine the longtime rumors that she’d had an affair with actor Harrison Ford while filming the original Star Wars movie (1977), when she was 19 and he was 33, married and a father of two

‘The railway was way out over the sea.’

Richie Mccaw, describing the scene after New Zealand’s South Island was hit on Nov. 14 by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, killing at least two people and stranding more than 1,000; McCaw, a two-time Rugby World Cup winner and pilot, helped with helicopter rescues

Newt Scamander

The hero debuted in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

GOOD WEEK

BAD WEEK

Salamanders

Three new species were found in Mexico, but they are becoming extinct

2,400

Number of pedestrian injuries that the U.S. Department of Transportation expects will be prevented annually by 2020 as a result of new rules requiring “quiet” electric and hybrid vehicles to make more audible noise

‘This office has a way of waking you up.’

Barack Obama, U.S. President, describing the difference between campaigning and governing and what that means for President-elect Donald Trump, during his first post-election press conference, on Nov. 14

‘We are giving you, the sick and the wounded, 24 hours to exit if you want.’

The Syrian Government, in a Nov. 13 text message to all citizens of rebel-held Aleppo, warning of an impending strike, according to a report and translation by al-Jazeera; the subsequent bombings, executed with the Russian regime, were the first major offensive since Oct. 18

$0

The price at which the U.S.S. Sequoia, the last presidential yacht and a national landmark, can be acquired by an investment group specializing in ship restoration, after a Delaware court ruled in its favor

2016

Year set to be the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization, with average global temps up 1.58ºF over the 1961–90 period that the WMO uses as a baseline

SOURCES: CNN; PEERJ; STUFF.CO.NZ

This appears in the November 28, 2016 issue of TIME.

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