5 Things to Know on Dec. 17
A look at the news you need to know today. Read more in our full morning briefing: http://nyti.ms/1k4LBR1
- •Putin meets the pressWith his customary swagger and salty language, the Russian president held his year-end news conference in Moscow — and threw in a glowing assessment of Donald J. Trump. http://nyti.ms/1lTc9GH
- •Small but significant Fed riseThe Federal Reserve signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy by raising short-term interest rates, which had been near zero for seven years. Here's more on what that means for you: http://nyti.ms/1QPf7XD
- •Policing across the U.S.Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is to meet today with federal investigators examining his city’s police department. An officer there was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday over the shooting of a black teenager in 2014, The Chicago Tribune reported. And Ferguson, Mo., is near a deal to overhaul its police force, which would head off a Justice Department lawsuit alleging years of unconstitutional law enforcement.
- •Visas under scrutinyTashfeen Malik, one of the suspects in the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting, passed background checks required to move to the U.S. The State Department will hold a news briefing on the screening process for the K-1 visa, which Ms. Malik had received.
- •May the Force be with you“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be released in North America early Friday, but it’s already in theaters in some countries. http://nyti.ms/1k4M4Cv