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Kansas prevails without Taiyanna Jackson, beating Houston Christian 79-57 - KU Sports
Kansas (4-4) spread its offense as the starting lineup was missing all-conference center Taiyanna Jackson, who was out with an illness. Playing without Jackson allowed for KU to feature star freshman S’Mya Nichols, who scored a career-high 20 points in 24 minutes.

Lie sees high ceiling for KU soccer - KU Sports
“Is it scary? Heck yeah, a little bit,” Lie said Wednesday at his introductory press conference. “It’s been a minute. It’s been a minute since we did this, and I was reminded of that yesterday, sitting in front of the team and almost for a second being like, ‘Where do we start?'”

KU’s starters continue to log heavy minutes in nonconference play - KU Sports
There are familiar signs to indicate Christmas Day is around the corner once the calendar flips to December. Christmas songs begin to play on the radio, and lights start shining bright on houses in the neighborhood.

Eraser Dust

UNLV shooting: Former college professor kills three on Las Vegas campus
The gunman, described as a white former college professor in his 60s, was killed in a shootout with police.

Ex-US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will leave Congress, raising Republican worries | Reuters
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Ousted U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday that he will leave Congress at the end of this year, a move that raised anxieties among his fellow Republicans about the path that lies ahead for their narrow and fractious majority.

IRS rejects 20,000 tax refund claims for employee retention credit
Created to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, the employee retention credit, or ERC, is worth thousands of dollars per eligible employee. However, the tax break sparked a wave of companies pushing small businesses to wrongly claim the credit — and the agency temporarily stopped processing new filings in September amid a “surge of questionable claims.”

Woman Sentenced to Fast-Food Job After Throwing Food at Chipotle Worker - The New York Times
A judge reduced Rosemary Hayne’s jail sentence after she agreed to work in a fast-food restaurant for 20 hours a week for 60 days.

Gianforte to launch property tax task force for Montana | KECI
HELENA, Mont. — Gov. Greg Gianforte is expected to launch a property task force for Montana to address rising property taxes and restrain their growth.

Purdue Pharma bankruptcy: How the Supreme Court decision may impact victims | CNN Business
But the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in this case may affect much more than the Sackler family’s fortune. Third-party releases, the provision that would allow the Sacklers to be shielded from additional civil lawsuits, have become an increasingly popular device by organizations accused of mass harm, recently including the Boy Scouts of America and scores of Catholic dioceses in the United States.

The Absolute Best Fast Food Double Cheeseburgers, Ranked For 2023
And we think we’ve found it. Ready to know the champ? Here are the best double cheeseburgers your money can buy ranked from inessential to most delicious.

Taylor Swift Named 'Time' Person of the Year, Far Right Loses It
Time magazine declared Taylor Swift as 2023’s person of the year on Wednesday, and accompanied the announcement with a rare interview from the artist in which she reflected on the year of her career that truly put her on top of the world. Unsurprisingly, right-wing commentators took the opportunity to interpret Swift’s well-earned success to launch into a conspiracy theory bender.

The Story Behind Dave Matthews' Song "Gravedigger"
The inspiration for the song comes from a conversation Matthews had with a guitar tech, Craig, who like Matthews, lost his father. The passing of a parent affected Matthews as a little kid and hearing his tech talk about it inspired the song. Matthews started to think about the role of a gravedigger, that final figure a body encounters before it’s buried in the ground. And thus the song came.

Montana Library Commission strikes library director standard
Despite an outpouring of opposition in recent weeks, the Montana State Library Commission voted 5-2 Wednesday to eliminate a requirement that directors of the state’s largest public libraries hold a master’s degree in library sciences.