1. The United States is looking to tighten its visa screening process after San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malaik was allowed into the country despite making radical posts on social media. The AP reports that the Homeland Security Department is reviewing policies on when authorities can look at social media posts as part of the vetting process. “The President’s top priority here is the national security and safety of the American people,” spokesman Josh Earnest said. “And that will continue to be the case with ensuring that this K-1 visa program is effectively implemented, consistent with the law and consistent with the values we hold dear in this country.”
2. Looks like no matter what, Bangor’s minimum wage will be raising. City Council passed that even if Maine’s statewide referendum to raise minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 fails, their local minimum wage will beginning January 2017.
3. Maine is apparently slacking in the food stamp department. The federal government says Maine processes food stamp applications slower than any other state, and its “chronically poor performance” doesn’t meet federal standards.
4. Puppy delivery, anyone!? The Coastal Humane Society is offering up a special delivery this Christmas!
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its worldwide premiere in Hollywood yesterday. 5,000 lucky avid Star Wars fans got to attend the galactic, fantastic event before the movie hits theaters everywhere this Friday, December 18!