Mall of America Has Its First Ever Black Santa

The nation's largest mall will have its ever first black Santa this holiday season.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports for the first time in the Mall of America's 24-year history, a black man -- Larry Jefferson -- will play Santa Claus. Co-owner of the Santa Experience, Landon Luther, told The Star Tribune he wants Santa to be for everyone and having a black Santa was a long time coming. Jefferson told the Tribune the majority of the kids don't see color just his red suit and candy.

Jefferson will only be at the mall for four days. After that he'll return home to work in Dallas.

Michigan AG Files Suit To Stop Jill Stein Recount

Michigan's attorney general says he will file a suit to stop a U.S. presidential election recount request from Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Republican Bill Schuette said in a tweet that it's inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan votes at risk and potentially cause them to lose their voice in the Electoral College.

Meantime -- Michigan's elections board will consider a request from President-elect Donald Trump to block Stein's request.

Fox News reports Trump's lawyers called Stein a "bottom-dwelling candidate" and said the recount didn't affect her personal election results.

Reuters reports some supporters have filed lawsuits of their own in attempt to stop the recount in Michigan as well as recount requests in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

OPEC Agrees To Cut Oil Production, Prices Rise

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, finally agreed to cut production meaning they will stop causing a surplus in the world's supply. CNN Money reports this is the first time the Saudi Arabia-led cartel cut production since 2008.

According to Fortune Russia -- not an OPEC member -- will also join the effort to cut production for the first time in 15 years.


According to CNN Money the decision shows OPEC leaders realize their hope of over-supplying U.S. producers with cheap oil hasn't worked to kill the American oil boom.


Oilprice.com reports OPEC will cut its output down to 32.5 million barrels per day -- a decrease of about 1.2 million barrels per day -- effective January. Fortune reports oil shares rallied to a six-week high in response on Thursday.

FDA Approves Drug Ecstasy for PTSD Trials

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of MDMA, known as Ecstasy, to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in trials.

The New York Times interviewed a man who participated in the trial, C.J. Hardin. He went through three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers from PTSD. He told the Times Ecstasy changed his life -- he once was a hermit and at times suicidal. but now he is working and attending college.

Researchers say they're hopeful, but people may become addicted to the drug. The FDA declined to comment to the Times.

Donald Trump Speaks to Carrier Employees After Saving Jobs

President-elect Donald Trump is keeping one of his campaign promises. He said he would make sure workers at air conditioning plant Carrier would keep their jobs. Now, he's worked out a deal with the company to keep 1,000 jobs at its Indianapolis, Indiana plant -- not shipping them out to Mexico as the company had originally planned.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be visiting the Carrier plant Thursday. Fox News reports a Trump transition source says Carrier executives went to the Trump Tower Tuesday to work out a deal.

Employees say they are happy about Trump's deal. Senator Bernie Sanders says United Technologies, parent company of Carrier, took Trump hostage and won. Sanders says if corporations want tax cuts all they have to do is threaten Trump and say they're moving their jobs to Mexico. Sanders told the Washington Post the Trump-Carrier deal should "send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country."