Here are headlines in the newsphere for Dec. 15, 2016…
Aleppo rebel evacuation takes place after ceasefire deal – An operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. intelligence: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved hack of Democrats – U.S. intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the hacking of material from Democrats’ computers to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, sources told NBC and CBS.
China Appears to Confirm It Has Militarized Disputed Spratly Islands – The Chinese government appeared to confirm on Thursday that it had begun placing antiaircraft guns and other defenses on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, despite earlier promises that it would not militarize the islands.
Trump picks his Interior chief, a supporter of more drilling – Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation.
Colorado school district votes to allow employees to carry guns – A tiny school district in central Colorado has voted to allow teachers or other employees at its two schools to carry concealed handguns on the job if they volunteer to serve double duty as security officers in case of an emergency.
Gov. Jay Inslee unveils plan to upgrade to state’s mental health system in budget rollout – Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking a $300 million revamp of Washington’s mental health system that has been plagued by safety and capacity issues for years. The governor Wednesday unveiled a plan that includes reshaping the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, Western State and Eastern State, to reduce an overload of patients.
After-School Satan Club draws the devout and the curious to Tacoma school – While a handful of Tacoma Catholics prayed on a nearby street corner, members of the Satanic Temple of Seattle arrived Wednesday afternoon at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma to debut the state’s first After-School Satan Club for kids. Temple leader Lilith Starr dubbed the premier meeting — an after-school open house for parents and students — a success.
Washington State’s Cody O’Connell unanimous All-American – From oft-injured project to most-decorated lineman in the history of Washington State football, left guard Cody O’Connell’s rapid transformation into a Cougar legend was completed on Wednesday when he became the school’s second unanimous All-American.
Macy’s project on track, with developer and city negotiating design specifics – Renovations to the former Macy’s building in downtown Spokane are still on schedule, although a city review board has questions about specifics of the project design. The plans, which were submitted to the city’s Design Review Board last month, don’t meet codes requiring first-floor, nonresidential street facades of big buildings be at least 60 percent windows.