Six things you need to know this weekend

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– New Allegations
Several prominent men were accused of sexual assault or harassment this week. James Franco, Michael Douglas and Charles Dutoit face accusations. Dutoit was previously accused of sexual assault in an AP story on December 21, but on Thursday, more allegations against Dutoit were brought to light. On Wednesday, Douglas denied claims of improper sexual conduct before those claims were even brought to public light.
– California Mudslides
Today marks the fourth day in the search for survivors of the mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California, on Tuesday. Rescue officials are beginning to go over areas for a second time in the hopes of finding anyone they missed. The mudslides have killed a confirmed 17 people.
– Walmart Raises
On Thursday, Walmart announced it would raise its minimum wage from 9 to 11 dollars an hour, extend family leave and give bonuses of up to $1,000 to some hourly employees. The company also announced it would be closing 63 Sam’s Club stores, laying off many employees in the process.
– DACA Debate
Today, President Donald Trump denied reports that he used the term “Shithole Countries” in a meeting about immigration Thursday. The discussion was on the new bipartisan deal to extend protection to immigrants previously covered by DACA.
– NFL Playoffs
The Vikings face the New Orleans Saints this weekend at US Bank Stadium. This game will be part of a slate of games, including the Tennessee Titans at the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons at the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
– A Busy Monday
Monday is the regular decision deadline for many colleges, from American to Wheaton. Because of this, many seniors will be spending the weekend frantically working on applications. Although application season will be the focus of the weekend for many, it’s important to recognize that the reason we don’t have school Monday is because it’s Martin Luther King Day.

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