1. The federal government Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening. the report’s sense of urgency and alarm stand in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems, which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire. (Press Herald)
2. A minor earthquake was recorded Sunday in Raymond, according to the United States Geological Survey. The 1.6-magnitude earthquake happened around 10:45 p.m. near Crescent Lake. Several minor earthquakes have been recorded across Maine since mid-January. (WMTW)
3. More than two weeks after California’s deadliest wildfire ignited in Butte County, firefighters have officially harnessed the Camp Fire, announcing Sunday that the blaze was at last 100 percent contained. The fire has killed at least 85 people, and that number is expected to rise as crews continue to comb through scorched retirement communities for remains. By Sunday, 249 people remained missing and about 2,500 of those once reported missing had been accounted for, according to Butte County officials. (WMTW)
4. The battle over Maine’s new voter-approved voting system is heading to court. U.S. District Judge Lance Walker is set to hear arguments Dec. 5 in a lawsuit filed by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three Republican activists. Poliquin says it’s unconstitutional for Maine to allow voters to rank all candidates from first to last on the ballot. (Press Herald)
5. Cyber Monday. Celebrated on the Monday following American Thanksgiving, this day was originally conceived by Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation, and was first used in the e-commerce community during the 2005 holiday season.
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