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Top eight stories for today including President-elect Joe Biden called on Congress and President Donald Trump to pass a stimulus package as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage; Five San Francisco Bay Area counties said they will voluntarily implement California Governor Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order this weekend; The House voted to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including President-elect Joe Biden called on Congress and President Donald Trump to pass a stimulus package as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage; Five San Francisco Bay Area counties said they will voluntarily implement California Governor Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order this weekend; The House voted to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, and more.

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National

1.) President-elect Joe Biden called on Congress and President Donald Trump to pass a stimulus package as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, prompting record numbers of deaths and hospitalizations as well as shutdowns that will hurt small businesses and the American economy. 

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2.) With coronavirus cases surging and experts warning of a dark winter, the government reported Friday that the U.S. economy added back just 245,000 jobs in November, marking the fifth straight month of slowdown.

FILE - This May 7, 2020, file photo shows a man wearing a mask while walking under a Now Hiring sign at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. Friday, Dec. 4, monthly U.S. jobs report will help answer a key question hanging over the economy: Just how much damage is being caused by the resurgent coronavirus, the resulting restrictions on businesses and the reluctance of consumers to shop, travel and dine out? (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

3.) The fate of federal marijuana decriminalization now lies with the Senate after the House passed a bill Friday aimed at giving states the ability to set their own cannabis laws.

Marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif., in 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

4.) The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new restrictions Friday on a dangerous insecticide that it opted not to ban outright last year.

A farmworker gathers sweet potatoes in Mechanicsville, Va. Sweet potatoes are one of the many crops that chlorpyrifos is used on. Agricultural workers are at high risk for pesticide poisoning. (Lance Cheun/USDA via Courthouse News)

5.) The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear argument about whether states can condition Medicaid enrollment on work requirements or job training. 

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, as the justices begin a new term following the recent death of their colleague, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Regional

6.) Five San Francisco Bay Area counties announced Friday their jurisdictions will voluntarily implement California Governor Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order this weekend, moving earlier than required to enact restrictions in order to curb transmission of Covid-19 before health care systems become overwhelmed.

7.) The owner of the Derby Pie trademark argued before the Sixth Circuit on Friday that a Louisville newspaper cannot publish recipes or news articles about similar desserts without his approval.

A slice of Derby Pie, a chocolate and walnut dessert. (Photo by Markmark28 from Wikipedia Commons)

International

8.) Two days after the United Kingdom became the first Western nation to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization on Friday welcomed the news but warned that difficult months lie ahead.

People walk past a shop window adorned with Christmas decorations, in Rome Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Still, the large number of daily new COVID-19 cases is worrying, Italian health experts said, especially with the approach of year-end holidays, which could prompt people to ignore social distancing rules and gather in large numbers to celebrate. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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