Justice Dept. asks court to halt case against Trump

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to temporarily halt a case against President Donald Trump that claims he illegally benefited from his family's business. The department is looking to halt more than three dozen subpoenas seeking documents from the Trump Organization.

Colleges challenged to catch applicants who lie

College and university admissions officers most often seek inconsistencies in applications to judge if a student is lying or fudging the facts and rely on high-school counselors to vouch for students, says Katharine Harrington, vice president of admissions and planning at the University of Southern California. Institutions have policies to handle students found to be lying, but officials admit they don't have time to fact-check every application.

Congress breaks with no plan to avert shutdown
Politico

Congress took a break for the weekend without a plan for heading off a partial shutdown of the US government next week. Talks on keeping the government running haven't progressed since President Donald Trump said he is willing to take the blame for a shutdown if he doesn't get funding to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Hy-Vee opens first Fast & Fresh location

Hy-Vee has opened its first smaller-format, fresh-focused store under the name Fast & Fresh in Davenport, Iowa. The location is the size of a convenience store at 10,000 square feet but includes features such as a growler station, wood-oven pizzas, produce and meal kits.

Federal judge rules ACA is unconstitutional without mandate penalty

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional following the repeal of the law's individual mandate penalty, but administration officials said the law, which could end up before the Supreme Court, stands while the decision is appealed. Legal experts questioned the rationale behind the ruling's discussion of congressional intent, noting Congress considered unraveling the entire law but ultimately did not do so.

Senate finds sophisticated Russian social interference

Studies commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee reveal that social messaging by the Russian-owned Internet Research Agency intended to interfere in the 2016 presidential election reached more users on Instagram than Facebook. The reports found the agency has upped its activity on both Instagram and Facebook since 2016 and that it employs "digital marketing best practices" to gain traction.

Electric trucks still far off, but coming

While diesel-powered combustion engines are not likely to be overtaken anytime soon, the eventual arrival of electric-powered trucks will be a significant advancement, writes Seth Clevenger. Established manufacturers and startups are working on electric vehicle technology, though technological and infrastructure challenges remain.

Lenovo announces 512GB Z5 Pro GT
Engadget

Lenovo announced its new Z5 Pro GT smartphone during an event in Beijing, noting it offers a record-breaking 12GB of RAM along with 512GB of storage. The smartphone will use Snapdragon's 855 chipset and will be available for pre-order Jan. 15.

Myeloma foundation to launch study to improve treatment matching

The MyDRUG study will be launched by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which will focus on assessing treatments specifically for patients with high-risk multiple myeloma to improve therapy matching. "MyDRUG is a major milestone for the MMRF in terms of putting precision medicine to work for patients through our unique end-to-end model, which aims to deliver the right treatment to every patient living with myeloma," said MMRF President and CEO Paul Giusti.

White House orders reports on national 5G strategy

The White House has issued a memorandum calling for reports and recommendations related to wireless technology, setting in motion a process intended to produce a national 5G connectivity strategy. At the same time, it made a blog post headlined "America Will Win the Global Race to 5G."

$1B Google NYC campus in the works

Google will spend $1 billion on a 1.7 million-square-foot Hudson Square campus in New York City with two buildings on Hudson Street and one on Washington Street. The company plans to occupy the Hudson Street locations in 2020 and the Washington Street building in 2022.

Zinke resigns as Interior secretary amid ethics probes

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation Saturday, leaving at the end of the year amid over a dozen ethics investigations into his spending habits and other activities. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is expected to be named acting secretary.

Delta debuts US' 1st biometric terminal at Ga. airport

Delta Air Lines has launched a biometric international terminal at Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, featuring facial-recognition technology at check-in, the security checkpoint, boarding and Customs.

Air Canada spreads holiday cheer on select flights

Air Canada surprised some travelers on select flights with gifts and flowers upon arrival in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as at Washington and Tokyo airports. "No matter if home is here in Canada or abroad, it's our honor to fly our Customers home for the holidays and reunite them with friends and family," said Air Canada's Andy Shibata.