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5 things you need to know Thursday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:01

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

Former teacher charged with biting student

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:50

Police said the former teacher bit an 11-year-old student.

       

Congress on track to pass $1 trillion funding package

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:33

The package would only fund the Department of Homeland Security until early next year.

       

If you're not aging egg nog, you're doing it wrong

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:13

Believe it or not, this tasty egg nog only gets better with age.

       

Ore. gay rights activist pleads not guilty to sex crimes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:05

Suspect a real estate developer who helped found Human Rights Campaign, raised money for Dems.

       

Couple fights for custody of children after home birth

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:49

The parents of three young children want kids after state removes them following a home birth.

       

Should you fear holiday bulge?

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:38

Some Americans dread gaining weight at the holidays.

       

This Gingerbread House costs $77,910

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:35

It will be created in the likeness of your own home.

       

DOJ report: Cleveland police use excessive force

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:15

Federal authorities urge the appointment of a monitor to oversee needed reforms.

       

New Army camouflage means new boots, belt, T-shirt

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:03

New darker accessories will accompany new pattern to be rolled out this summer.

       

Chikungunya has sickened more than 10,000 in Puerto Rico

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:02

People in the Western Hemisphere have no natural immunity to the virus.

       

Pregnancy discrimination claim faces high-court hurdle

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:40

The Supreme Court struggled to justify the need for work accommodations for pregnant women.

       

Mystery of missing University of Texas brains solved

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:34

One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to mass-murderer Charles Whitman.

       

Court halts execution of deranged Texas inmate

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:29

Scott Panetti's case sparked a global debate over execution of the severely mentally ill.

       

Ferguson activist disappointed by visit with Obama

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:28

Rasheen Aldridge wants action from president who once inspired him.

       

Graphic: O Christmas trees

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:27

An illuminating look at Christmas trees across the country.

       

2 men charged in rape at Johns Hopkins fraternity

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:22

Baltimore police have charged two men with the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl at a Johns Hopkins University fraternity party.

       

Latest Cosby accuser claims he molested her at 15

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:12

A California woman alleges she was assaulted by the entertainer when she was 15.

       

Medal of Honor recipient invites Islamic State to visit

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:12

Dakota Meyer responds to call for service members to scrub social media accounts.

       

Man arrested for online threats against Darren Wilson

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:09

A Washington state man was arrested for threats the U.S. attorney says he made on Facebook.