■ At least 73 people around the world died while taking “extreme selfies” in the first eight months of 2016, up from 39 selfie deaths in the whole of 2015, and 15 in 2014. The majority fell from buildings or mountains; others tried to take selfies on train tracks or while posing with firearms. Men accounted for 76 percent of the deaths.
■ Licensed firearms dealers filed a record 185,713 background checks on prospective gun buyers on Black Friday—roughly 400 more than the FBI processed on Black Friday last year.
New York Daily News
■ After five years of drought, California now has 102 million dead trees in its forests, an unprecedented die-off that heightens the danger of massive wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service said 62 million trees died this year alone.
Los Angeles Times
■ Anticipating a crackdown on immigration, growing numbers of Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans are fleeing their violence- and poverty-plagued homes and heading north, hoping to reach the U.S. before Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says its immigration detention facilities are holding about 10,000 more people than usual following the surge.
■ An American Airlines flight out of Miami touched down this week in Havana, the first commercial flight operated by a major U.S. airline to make the journey since Cold War tensions shut down regular air service between the U.S. and Cuba in 1961.
The Miami Herald