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Here are today’s biggest headlines.

Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his probe

America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller’s secretive Russia investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump.

Japan’s final pager service to end

Japan is finally ditching pagers decades after the technology was rendered obsolete by cell phones.

George W. Bush to eulogize late father, Trump to meet privately with Bush family

Former President George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, along with a mix of family and friends on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, the most high-profile event in a week of proceedings that will remember the remarkable life of the president who died on Friday at 94.

NASA spacecraft meets with asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and the asteroid Bennu have had a date planned for two years, and just after noon ET today, they finally got to meet face to face.

David Attenborough: Climate change our ‘greatest threat’

David Attenborough has told world leaders at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland, that climate change could lead to collapse of civilizations, and much of the natural world.

DJ Martin Solveig apologizes to Ada Hegerberg after onstage ‘twerk’ gaffe

French DJ and Ballon d’Or host Martin Solveig has apologized to the inaugural women’s winner Ada Hegerberg after a row erupted over a question he posed to her during the award ceremony.

Michelle Obama discloses advice for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has had plenty of guidance from palace staff on how to be a royal. But her latest piece of advice comes from someone closer to home — former first lady Michelle Obama.

Jackie Chan releases new English memoir: ‘I really was quite a nasty jerk’

Martial arts film star Jackie Chan has revealed his battles with alcohol and admitted to throwing his son across the room in a blunt autobiography published for the first time in English on Tuesday.

Michelle Obama tells of ‘imposter syndrome’

Michelle Obama has said she still feels “imposter syndrome”, adding that “it never goes away”, during a frank talk in London. The former US First Lady was speaking at the Royal Festival Hall for a sold-out event that tens of thousands of people had tried to get tickets for.

Harvard sued on single-sex club crackdown

Harvard is being sued over claims that a crackdown on single-sex social clubs at the Boston-area university amounts to sexual discrimination. A number of sororities and fraternities filed lawsuits on Monday challenging a policy Harvard adopted in 2016. Under the policy, students who join single-sex clubs cannot receive endorsement letters from college deans for postgraduate fellowships.

Tumblr to ban all pornographic content

Social networking site Tumblr has announced plans to ban all pornographic content, effective from 17 December. The new policy comes weeks after the site was pulled from Apple’s App Store after child abuse images made it past Tumblr’s filters.

President Bush lies in state at US Capitol

President George HW Bush has returned to Washington for a final time, to lie in state at the US Capitol. His coffin had earlier left Texas to a 21-gun salute and was carried to Washington on board Air Force One – temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41 in homage to the late president.

Hey, Ivanka: You’ve Got The Wrong Definition Of ‘Human Trafficking’

On Friday, Ivanka Trump published an op-ed in The Washington Post highlighting her father’s “bold action” to combat “the evil of human trafficking.” Nearly 25 million people have been traded into human trafficking worldwide, she wrote, and her father has decided to make the issue a central feature of his domestic agenda.

Security Camera Captures Small Plane Crashing Into A Florida Building

Surveillance video has captured the shocking moment a small plane crashed into a Florida building containing a therapy center for autistic children. The pilot and his passenger were killed soon after taking off in the Cessna plane from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Saturday afternoon.

The New ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Will Have You Wishing It Were March

Step aside, Wonder Woman, there’s a new female superhero in town, and she’s ready to kick ass. The second trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, dropped Monday, and we’re already wishing it were March. Everything begins with a hero. Watch the brand-new trailer for @MarvelStudios’ Captain Marvel.

Colbert Taunts Trump With An Absolutely Savage Comparison To George H.W. Bush

Stephen Colbert honored President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, with some old clips. He shared a video the former president recorded for when Colbert went overseas to entertain the troops. And he also showed footage of Bush serving in World War II, when he was rescued at sea after being shot down by Japanese forces.

Broadway Actor Tweets To Kanye West During Show, Saying Put The Phone Away

Before the curtain rises on Broadway shows, an announcement is made asking audience members to turn off their cellphones. Apparently, Kanye West did not get the message Monday night when he attended the opening night of “The Cher Show” with his wife, Kim Kardashian.

‘Captain Marvel’ pieces together her powerful past in incredible new trailer

Following an electrifying poster released Sunday, and an incredible first trailer dropped in September, we now have our second look at Captain Marvel, with a new trailer released on Monday. The trailer sees powerful part-human, part-Kree alien Carol Danvers piecing together her past, with an appearance from Annette Bening as possibly Danvers’ mother or guardian.

Quora data breach results in 100 million users affected

Quora, the question-and-answer site that bludgeons users into signing up, has been hit with a major data breach. In a blog post titled “Quora Security Update,” the site revealed that the data of approximately 100 million users may have been compromised as a result of unauthorised access to its systems on Friday.

I tried Verizon 5G and, yeah, it’s fast

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. I’d heard about 5G. But I didn’t know just how fast it would be until I was watching myself miss free throws in real time.

Trump’s White House just gave you another reason to buy a Tesla right away

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced a lower-priced Model 3 a few months ago, he deducted thousands in federal tax incentives from the sticker price. On Monday, according to Reuters, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the subsidies for electric vehicles from Tesla and other carmakers would end in 2020 or 2021.

Tumblr will ban all adult content on Dec. 17

Tumblr will ban all adult content from its platform beginning Dec. 17. The new policy was announced just weeks after its iOS app was temporarily pulled from the App Store for child pornography. It marks a dramatic shift for the platform, which in the past has embraced all varieties of NSFW content including porn.

Samsung, Verizon will release 5G smartphone in early 2019

The race to 5G is ramping up. Samsung and Verizon announced on Monday that the two companies are partnering to bring one of the first 5G smartphones to the market. While no specific release date was mentioned, the two companies are saying its 5G phone will hit stores in the first half of 2019.

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