These are the headlines you Need 2 Know. * **Manafort Plea Violation:** Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, repeatedly lied to the FBI in the two months since he started cooperating with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. The filing charges that Manafort lied about a “variety of subject matters,” which Manafort’s lawyers deny. Manafort is awaiting sentencing on his financial fraud convictions. Read more [here]( * **GM Cuts:** General Motors says it will trim 14,000 jobs and shutter five North American plants in a massive restructuring. The move sparked immediate backlash from lawmakers, union leaders, and the White House. GM is struggling as consumer preferences change and sedans fall out of favor. Among the models on the chopping block: the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, and Chevy Impala. Read more [here]( * **Mars Landing:** NASA’s InSight lander is on Mars. The spacecraft touched down just before 3 p.m. ET Monday, the first landing on the Red Planet since the Curiosity rover in 2012. The InSight will be getting a look below the planet’s surface and “mapping the planet’s underworld” on a mission scheduled to last two years. [National Geographic]( **First pic:** NASA published the first photo the Insight snapped from its new home. See it [here]( * **Genetically Modified Babies:** A scientist in China says he’s performed "gene surgery" on embryos, in order to protect twin girls from HIV. The girls’ father is HIV-positive. The research hasn’t yet been published, leading scientists to urge caution. If true, however, experts say this is historic. The gene-editing technique, called CRISPR, is extremely controversial. Read more [here]( * **Microsoft v. Apple:**Microsoft briefly surpassed Apple in market cap for the first time in eight years, becoming the most valuable company in the world, at least for a few hours. The last time Microsoft dethroned Apple, the iPad was brand new and the Zune was still being sold. Read more [here]( * **Sports:** A classic NBA scoring duel between the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets ended with the Wizards on top, 135-131 in OT. The Rockets’ starting guards combined for 90 points, with James Harden putting up 54 -- and still lost. Read more [here]( * **Oprah’s Loss:** Oprah Winfrey’s mom, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day. She was laid to rest in a private funeral. Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee. Read more [here]( * **White House Xmas:** First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the annual Christmas decorations at the White House. This year, the theme is “American Treasures” and honors American heritage with red trees symbolizing “patriotism” and one tree decorated with food ornaments to represent “bounty and harvest.” Read more [here]( * **Baldwin Arraignment:** Alec Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a man after a dispute over a parking spot. Baldwin reportedly admitted to cops that he pushed the man who “stole” his spot, but the man claims the actor also struck him across the face. Baldwin was released on his own recognizance. Read more [here]( * **ATM Chaos:** Chaos resulted from a malfunctioning ATM in Texas that gave out $100 bills rather than $10s. After a customer wrote about the Bank of America ATM on social media, cars began lining up and fights broke out. Local law enforcement ultimately shut down the machine, and Bank of America told customers they could keep the windfall. Read more [here]( Cheddar's Hena Doba gets into the latest. Subscribe to the Need 2 Know newsletter [here](

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