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The cleats of Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard are seen before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Colts use Mack attack, defense to shut down Cowboys 23-0Marlon Mack rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two scores and the Indianapolis Colts defense shut out one of the league's hottest offenses, rolling to a 23-0 victory Sunday
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Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Johnson leads Redskins to late scores, 16-13 win at JaguarsJosh Johnson's first career start in more than seven years ended with a 16-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak and keeping the Washington Redskins on the fringe of the NFC playoff picture
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 in Damascus. Sudan's president has become the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since a war erupted there nearly eight years ago. Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport Sunday by Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria was expelled from the 22-member Arab League soon after war broke out in 2011. (SANA via AP)
Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leaderSudan's president has become the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago
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Israeli PM's son gets temporary ban on FacebookFacebook has temporarily blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair for writing a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police."
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In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump holds a signed executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. A real estate investment firm founded by Jared Kushner is betting big on the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks. But it’s not that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Kushner-linked firm targets richer areas in program for poorOpportunity Zones were supposed to steer investment to overlooked, poverty-stricken areas. So far, investors are seeking to snag the tax breaks in places that already have plenty of investment
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Today in History

Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2018. There are 15 days left in the year.

On Dec. 16, 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies were eventually able to turn the Germans back).

1773

the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

1905

the entertainment trade publication Variety came out with its first weekly issue.

1950

President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight "world conquest by Communist imperialism."

1960

134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.

1976

the government halted its swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis apparently linked to the vaccine.

1980

Harland Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.

1982

Environmental Protection Agency head Anne M. Gorsuch became the first Cabinet-level officer to be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to submit documents requested by a congressional committee.

1985

at services in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, offered condolences to families of 248 soldiers killed in the crash of a chartered plane in Newfoundland.

1991

the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.

2000

President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.

2001

after nine weeks of fighting, Afghan militia leaders claimed control of the last mountain bastion of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida fighters, but bin Laden himself was nowhere to be seen.

2012

President Barack Obama visited Newtown, Connecticut, the scene of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre; after meeting privately with victims' families, the president told an evening vigil he would use "whatever power" he had to prevent future shootings.

Ten years ago:

President-elect Barack Obama announced his choice of Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, to be his education secretary. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of Somalia. The Cleveland Clinic announced its surgeons had performed the nation's first near-total face transplant on a severely disfigured woman. (The woman, Connie Culp, went public with her identity in May 2009.) Police in Hollywood, Fla., closed their investigation into the 1981 abduction-slaying of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, saying a serial killer who'd died more than a decade earlier in prison, Ottis Toole, was responsible.

Five years ago:

In the first ruling of its kind, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records likely violated the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. Ray Price, 87, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, died in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

One year ago:

Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.

Today's Birthdays:

Civil rights attorney Morris Dees is 82. Actress Joyce Bulifant is 81. Actress Liv Ullmann is 80. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 77. Former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is 74. Pop musician Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 73. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 72. Actor Ben Cross is 71. Rock singer-musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 69. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 67. Actor Xander Berkeley is 63. Actress Alison LaPlaca is 59. Actor Sam Robards is 57. Actor Jon Tenney is 57. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 55. Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson is 55. Actor-comedian JB Smoove is 53. Actress Miranda Otto is 51. Actor Daniel Cosgrove is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michael McCary is 47. Actor Jonathan Scarfe is 43. Actress Krysten Ritter is 37. Actress Zoe Jarman is 36. Country musician Chris Scruggs is 36. Actor Theo James is 34. Actress Amanda Setton is 33. Rock musician Dave Rublin (American Authors) is 32. Actress Hallee Hirsh is 31. Actress Anna Popplewell is 30. Actor Stephan James is 25.

Thought for Today:

"There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his." — Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968).

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