US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients.

Trump speaks directly with Taiwan’s leader, irking China

It is unprecedented for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan. China said it lodged a stern complaint with the U.S. and reiterated its commitment to seeking “reunification” with the island, which it considers a renegade province.

Documents: Suspected serial killer drew complaints years ago

One Facebook quiz he takes about revenge concludes he’s the “reaper” and would likely take “a fatal type of approach,” to which Todd Kohlhepp replied, “That part is true. I do take payback a little too far. Easy solution, don’t piss me off.”

Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who requested both recounts and a third in Pennsylvania, has suggested that Trump and his backers would try to delay the recounts to make them hard or impossible to complete by the deadline for states to certify their election results or have their electoral votes be decided by Congress, which is controlled by Republicans.