Up First briefing: Top Hamas leader killed in Lebanon; Harvard president resigns

Today’s top news includes the death of Senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri in Lebanon, the resignation of Harvard University’s first Black President, Claudine Gay, and the start of a civil corruption trial against the National Rifle Association’s leader, Wayne LaPierre.

Key events: In Beirut, Lebanon, a founder of Hamas’s military wing, Saleh al-Arouri was killed in an explosion.
* Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, however, Hamas blames Israel.

Leadership changes: Harvard University’s first Black president, Claudine Gay, has resigned after facing allegations of plagiarism in past academic work and scrutiny over antisemitism on campus.
* During a December 5th hearing, Gay, along with presidents from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT, struggled to answer whether “calling for the genocide of Jews” would violate their school’s conduct code.

Legal Proceedings: Jury selection has begun for the civil corruption trial against the National Rifle Association’s longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre.
* New York Attorney General Letitia James claims to have found evidence that LaPierre and other NRA leaders used more than $64 million from donors for personal expenses.

In addition: The Up First newsletter details the firing of a librarian in Colorado for launching an LGBTQ-themed book club, receiving two community complaints about the term “woke” in its name.
* The librarian filed a discrimination complaint and won a lawsuit against the library district.
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