5 things you need to know Monday
The 74th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor will be commemorated Monday with ceremonies, a parade and a host of other events from Washington, D.C., to the site of the attack in Hawaii that drew the United States into World War II. Pearl Harbor Day honors the 2,400 people who died when the Japanese attacked the base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, which brought a war being fought largely in Europe to U.S. soil. Flags will be flown at half-staff at government locations to honor those who died, and many homes across the country will display the American flag.
U2 back in Paris for HBO concert canceled in wake of terror attack
The U2 concert that was canceled after the horrific terror attacks that left 130 dead in Paris last month, was rescheduled and will air Monday on HBO.U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, the first HBO concert special by the Grammy-winning band, originally was supposed to be seen on Nov. 15, two days after the attacks. “We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris,” Bono said Sunday. “We are all Parisians.”
USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco previews ‘U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris’ on HBO for Monday, December 7. VPC
Biden makes trip to Ukraine in sign of U.S. support
Vice President Biden meets Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in an effort to urge the country toward reforms and to show that the crisis in Syria is not overshadowing Washington’s concerns about Ukraine. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists has significantly diminished since early September — after killing some 8,000 people since April 2014 — but tensions remain high because of unresolved questions about the final political status of the rebel regions in the east.
Two Syrian families are scheduled to arrive in Texas on Monday, despite the state’s efforts to block the resettlement. A family of six is slated to settle in Dallas and a second family of six in Houston. Nine other refugees are expected to arrive in Houston on Thursday. Last week Texas withdrew a request for an immediate order blocking the refugees’ arrival, but the state is moving forward with a lawsuit arguing that the Refugee Act of 1980 requires the federal government to consult with governors and mayors before relocating refugees.
The two biggest free-agent pitchers may have already signed blockbuster contracts this offseason, but there’s plenty of big trades and eye-popping contracts ahead as baseball executives gather in Nashville this week for the four-day winter meetings, which open Monday. Accomplished hitters Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter, Alex Gordon, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Ben Zobristare still looking for a deal, along with pitchers Ian Kennedy, Doug Fister, Scott Kazmir, Johnny Cueto and Yovani Gallardo. Oh, and the Cincinnati Reds just happen to be shopping closer Aroldis Chapman, the hardest-throwing pitcher in the major leagues.
And, the essentials:
Stocks: U.S. stock futures pointed higher Monday.
TV tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special, The Great Christmas Light Fight and U2: Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris.