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273 million: Following a search of properties linked to Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, police have seized jewelry, handbags and cash worth $273 million. The haul included a $1.6 million necklace, 14 tiaras, and 272 Hermes bags.


223: The governments of some oil-producing countries manage their finances more effectively than others. Brent oil sold on Thursday for about $77 per barrel. To balance its federal budget, Russia needs an oil price of $40, Iran needs $68, Saudi Arabia needs $88, and Venezuela needs $223.

20: To all you Saudi women set to get behind the wheel, be careful. Signal reader Noor Shakfeh reports that a significant percentage of Saudi drivers are insane. The total number of traffic accidents across the kingdom as a percentage of the population is more than double the global average. About 20 people per day were killed on Saudi roads in 2017.

-1: In the United States, income for the top 0.1 percent of earners rose 321 percent from 1978 to 2015. The bottom 50 percent saw their income fall by 1 percent.

In 2012, the United States created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect these young people from being deported. Yet just five years later, the program was rescinded, putting close to 700,000 DACA recipients at risk of being banished from the only home they've ever known. More than five dozen of these DACA recipients at risk are Microsoft employees. These young people contribute to the company and serve its customers. They help create products, secure services, and manage finances. And like so many young people across our nation, they dream of making an honest living and a real difference in the communities in which they reside. Yet they now live in uncertainty.

Microsoft has told its Dreamers that it will stand up for them along with all the nation's DACA recipients. It will represent them in court and litigate on their behalf. That's why Microsoft joined Princeton University and Princeton student Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez to file one of the three cases challenging the DACA rescission that was heard on Nov. 12 by the United States Supreme Court.

Read more on Microsoft On The Issues.

What do people think is driving the stock market's recent record high gains?


Well, there's really no precise answer, but analysts point to several factors. So, number one is strong third quarter earnings. Companies have reported stronger than expected results so far this season. The second is the jobs market. You saw the October jobs numbers exceed economists' expectations. And the third is the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates three times this year. That lowers borrowing costs for consumers and businesses and encourages them to spend more.

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In the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, Israel launched a precision attack in the Gaza Strip, targeting and killing a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander. In response, the terror group fired more than 220 rockets at southern Israel. Exchanges of fire have brought cities on both sides of the Gaza border to a standstill and at least 19 Palestinians are dead and dozens of Israelis wounded. With this latest escalation, Israel now faces national security crises on multiple fronts. Here's what's going on:

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