Good morning! Here’s what was missed over the weekend:
The lead story: As most of you likely know by now, the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO, did not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Officer Wilson has now resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, and while the decision was his own, he was not asked to leave, many protesters and advocates for Michael Brown are pleased with this development, despite disappointment that Wilson was not indicted.
Coming up after the jump: Protesters in Hong Kong, Mubarak cleared, OPEC, and more.
Former Ohio State wrestler and walk-on football player, Kosta Karageorge, has been found dead in a suspected suicide. Teammates and family remember him as a great guy but it appears that concussion suffered throughout his long sports career may have lead to his suicide.
Pro-democracy protesters have been clashing with police for over two months now in Hong Kong. However, police have begun taking a harder stance, as their patience wears thin.
A U.S. couple has been cleared of charges relating to their adopted daughter in Qatar, but now Qatari officials are banning them from leaving the country.
Protests have erupted in Egypt after former President Hosni Mubarak was cleared of murder charges relating to the death of protesters during Arab Spring protests in 2011. Today’s protesters worry that their hard won rights are slowly disappearing.
Oil has fallen below $65 a barrel and will likely continue to fall into 2015. Oil prices are falling as U.S. shale drilling production increases and OPEC refuses to cut production.
Citing an ageing population putting a strain on social programs and increased government borrowing, Moody’s has downgraded Japan’s debt rating from A1 to Aa3. The country has also slipped into a recession recently.
Girl Scout cookies will now be available for sale through websites that allow each scout to invite friends and relatives around the country to order cookies and have them shipped to their homes. Online sales had previously been banned by the organization.
While fewer people were in stores this Black Friday, projections indicate that spending throughout the holiday season will be greater than in the past few years.
The long read: Protests in Hong Kong have now been raging for over two months; to see a timeline of events and analysis of the protests, check out this piece.
The weather: Now that the snow is gone, expect temperatures above freezing with rain later in the week.