Zuckerberg's donation latest in string of gifts by technology mavens

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge on Tuesday to give away most of his Facebook shares, a roughly $45 billion fortune, helps cement his role as one of Silicon Valley’s most generous donors. The donation could also help bolster the reputation of the technology community, which has faced criticism for driving up rents and exacerbating income inequality in Silicon Valley while valuations of companies there reach stratospheric levels. Zuckerberg, 31, and his wife Priscilla Chan, already lauded for donating $1.5 billion in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), are setting a high bar that is bringing more money to philanthropic endeavors.
Parliament set to vote for Syria air strikes

The Houses of Parliament are reflected in a puddle as they are illuminated in London, BritainParliament is set to vote on Wednesday to approve air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after months of wrangling over whether enough opposition Labour MPs would back military action. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he believes British warplanes, which have been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq for more than a year, should also be tackling the group in Syria rather than "sub-contract" UK security to other countries. The election of veteran anti-war campaigner Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in September complicated his plans.

FBI: Background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.
Things to know for officer's trial in death of Freddie Gray

William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, walks to a courthouse for jury selection in his trial, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)BALTIMORE (AP) — A jury will be seated Wednesday for the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury he suffered in custody.

U.S. Marine jailed in Philippines for killing transgender woman

U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton is escorted by U.S. security into a court in Olongapo city, north of ManilaA Philippine court found a U.S. Marine guilty of killing a transgender woman on Tuesday, jailing him for six to 12 years in a case that has reignited debate over the American military presence in its former colony. The Olongapo City regional trial court also ordered Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to pay more than 4.5 million pesos ($95,350) to the family of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead last year in a hotel outside the former U.S. navy base northwest of Manila. "This is not quite a victory," Laude's sister, Malou, told Reuters.

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