1. A NEW PM
Rishi Sunak, the former British finance minister, becomes the country's prime minister this morning. The U.K.'s first leader of color and its first of South Asian heritage, Sunak is the third prime minister in just seven weeks after Boris Johnson's resignation over corruption scandals and the departure of Liz Truss for passing, then repealing, debt-fueled tax cuts that tanked the pound and jacked up borrowing costs. Sunak, who had predicted the proposal would end in disaster, said he will focus on providing stability amid the "profound economic challenge" facing the nation.
2. CANCER SUPPORT
In the second of a Cheddar News series marking Breast Cancer Awareness month, reporter Lawrence Banton and Kristin Malaspina, general manager of Cheddar News and a breast cancer survivor, discuss the impact that the disease and its treatment have on mental health.
3. CRIMINAL CHARGES
CHINA SPY CHARGES: The Justice Department unveiled charges against two suspected Chinese spies and 11 other people across three cases in a high-profile press conference with Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The allegations include obstructing the investigation and prosecution of Huawei, the massive Chinese tech company, stealing American technology and trying to coerce a U.S. resident to return to China.
BOEING VICTIMS: The 346 people who died in two crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes in 2018 and 2019 are crime victims, a federal judge ruled, and the Justice Department violated their rights by negotiating a settlement — made during the Trump administration and defended by the Biden administration — that was criticized for favoring Boeing by saying it wasn't responsible for "pervasive" misconduct. As Cheddar News' Alex Vuocolo reports, the decision does not guarantee that the settlement — and Boeing's shield against prosecution — will be thrown out, but that is what some victims' families plan to ask for in court.
4. SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
GUILTY PLEA: Sixteen-year-old Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to terrorism and first-degree murder for killing four students and wounding seven people in a 2021 mass shooting at his high school about 30 miles outside Detroit. Crumbley's parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are charged with involuntary manslaughter after giving him access to the gun used in the shooting and ignoring signs he was a threat. They remain in jail while awaiting trial in January.
ST. LOUIS: A man opened fire at a St. Louis high school Monday morning, killing a 16-year-old girl and a 61-year-old teacher identified as Jean Kuczka and wounding six others before he was killed by police returning fire. Police identified the shooter as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, who graduated from the school last year.
5. SUPREME COURT
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily blocked Atlanta's district attorney from forcing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to testify about his conversations with Georgia officials about the 2020 presidential election results, which a grand jury is investigating for evidence of former President Trump and allies attempting to overturn in that state. Thomas' order applies until the court rules whether Graham is, as the senator claims, immune from having to testify at all.
6. TEST SCORES DOWN
The first Nation's Report Card since the pandemic showed widespread declines in reading and math scores for fourth and eighth graders compared with previous cohorts, reports Cheddar News' Chloe Aiello. The declines, if not repaired, could harm children's long-term opportunities, according to the report card's publisher, the National Center for Education Statistics. Despite the bad news, NCES Commissioner Peggy G. Carr noted that the report showed "pockets of remarkable resilience," especially in large cities.
7. TURKEY TIP LINE
Buying a Thanksgiving turkey will be more expensive this year due to the rising cost of farming turkeys and the death of at least 5.4 million birds from a terrible year for avian influenza. But as Cheddar News' Lawrence Banton reports, turkey producer Butterball is hoping it can at least make cooking those turkeys as pain-free as possible. Next week, the company will launch its 41st annual Turkey Talk-Line for home cooks troubleshooting their Thanksgiving turkey preparation. This year the company also offered free 24-day Comfort Calendars that share daily tips and emotional support in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. In what may be a window into Americans' state of mind, the Comfort Calendars are already out of stock.
8. EARNINGS PREVIEW
After last week, when markets punished a weak earnings report for Snapchat's parent company, executives at Alphabet, Apple, Meta and Amazon are surely bracing for the reaction to their earnings reports coming out this week. Cheddar News' Alex Vuocolo previews each company's challenges and what investors will be looking for.
9. IN ENTERTAINMENT
LESLIE JORDAN: The 67-year-old actor died when his car crashed into a building following what police said appeared to be a medical emergency. He was best known for portraying the socialite Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace, for which he won a 2006 Emmy, and gained fame with a younger audience during the pandemic with charming video dispatches on Instagram.
TRENDING: Here are some of the other entertainment headlines we're watching: Supreme showman Wayne Brady will host the AMAs, Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam topped weekend box office sales with a $67 million opening weekend, and all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is you … to attend her New York City Christmas concert on Dec. 13.
10. LET'S BOUNCE
Mexico City — home of the Templo Mayor, Palacio de Bellas Artes and now, the record for the largest trampoline fitness class ever. The capital city's successful attempt in which 3,935 people bounced in place for a 45-minute class in the Plaza del Plinth was certified as a Guinness World Record.
We regret to inform Soulkid #1 that California no longer has more bounce than all y'all combined.
FROM BOXING TO BUSINESS
From an undefeated pro boxing career to blending spices that pack a punch, Laila Ali knows about winning combinations in the ring and in the kitchen. She sat down with Celebrity Lemonade Stand host Shannon LaNier to talk about how to stay healthy and how she's taken Laila Ali Lifestyle to the next level.