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Japan sinks into a deeper recession

Tony Wagner Dec 8, 2014
1.9 percent

That’s how much Japan’s economy shrunk in the third quarter compared to the second, Bloomberg reported. That puts the country in a deeper recession than predicted.


The 113th Congress comes to an end in a couple weeks, which makes for a lame-duck session. Before then, lawmakers have to figure out how to fund the government, and they have to deal with both a defense bill and tax breaks that are set to expire.

5 percent

That’s the portion of New York City police officers who bring charges in 40 percent of resisting arrest cases. That’s according to a report by WNYC radio, which also notes 60 percent of officers didn’t charge anyone with the crime. 

November 24

The day a grand jury declined to charge Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Not long after, a police officer in New York would be cleared of similar charges. To see how protests change over time, Twitter tracked the hashtags “#HandsUpDontShoot,” “#BlackLivesMatter” and “#ICantBreathe” from that day through last week.

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