Congress misses deadline for spending bill
Congress will blow past the Friday deadline to pass a bill to pay for running the federal government through 2016. Lawmakers had been negotiating a trillion-dollar spending bill, but those talks have stalled over multiple issues ranging from guns to abortion to endangered species. To prevent the government from shutting down, the Senate passed Thursday and the House will pass Friday a five-day spending bill that will fund the government through next Wednesday. That gives lawmakers more time to try to work out a global deal on government programs.
Pamela Anderson bares all for last nude edition of ‘Playboy’
The last nude issue of Playboy magazine hits the stands Friday with legendary Playmate Pamela Anderson as its covergirl. The issue marks the end of a tradition of centerfolds baring all for the publication. The magazine announced in October that, as part of an editorial redesign, it will no longer publish images of fully nude women as Internet pornography is free and ubiquitous. The cover is Anderson’s 14th Playboy cover and her 15th pictorial for the magazine.
Final ‘Playboy’ cover: James Franco interviews Pamela Anderson
Climate talks go down to the wire in Paris
With a Friday deadline looming, delegates from 195 nations in Paris try to settle dozens of details standing in the way of a historic deal to combat global warming. Negotiators issued a 29-page draft report earlier this week, but key issues remained unresolved. The toughest issues still remain, including whether a long-term goal should be to keep temperature increases to within 2.7 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit of the levels before the industrial revolution. Disputes also remained over how much aid poorer nations should get to help them shift to cleaner energy sources and adapt to climate change.
Secretary of State John Kerry says he’s hopeful that a historic agreement on climate change will happen by the end of the week in Paris. (Dec. 7)
Warriors play with various winning streaks on the line
To continue on their path toward breaking the NBA record for most consecutive wins, the Golden State Warriors must beat the Boston Celtics on Friday — and then secure wins in their next six match ups. There’s more than one record on the line at Friday night’s game. If the Warriors win in Boston, they will be one game away from becoming the first team in NBA history to win all seven games of a road trip (currently 5-0, with the final game in Milwaukee on Saturday).
Watch our Gregg Allman tribute live
Want to see Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Taj Mahal perform live to pay tribute to musician Gregg Allman? Here’s your chance. USA TODAY and The Tennesean have partnered with SKYVILLE LIVE to bring you a Friday night concert in honor of the Allman Brothers Band co-founder. The show, which will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, begins at 8 p.m. ET. Bonus: you can watch it from either your computer or your mobile device.
And, the essentials:
Weather: While still more rain and snow slams the West, the central U.S. will also get in on the storminess Friday.
Stocks: After stocks rose Thursday, pre-market futures were up for Friday.
TV tonight: Wondering what to watch this weekend? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at TCM’s holiday movie festival, Fox’s comedy lineup, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Blood and Oil.
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