Only in America
December 12, 2013

Walmart was caught selling knock-offs of Banksy prints, including one print titled "Destroy Capitalism," on its website. When the company was alerted to the irony, Walmart responded that the items came from a third-party seller and pulled the prints from their website. Samantha Rollins

out on bail
8:27 p.m. ET
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Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014, was released on $1.5 million bond Monday.

Van Dyke was arrested Nov. 24, more than a year after he allegedly shot McDonald 16 times and just hours before dash cam footage was released showing the shooting. Reporters on the scene said Van Dyke didn't say a word as he left the Cook County jail, but on Twitter, people upset over his release didn't mince words. "Jason Van Dyke release on bond today," Chance the Rapper tweeted. "He murdered a boy." Catherine Garcia

baby grace
7:54 p.m. ET

Authorities in Los Angeles County say if two women hadn't heard the muffled cries of a baby abandoned on a bike path in Compton on Friday afternoon, the newborn would not have survived.

The women notified the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Deputies Adam Collette and David Perry came to investigate. Collette heard noises coming from a crevice, and quickly started lifting up pieces of asphalt with Perry. There, about a foot down, was a newborn of three or four days old wrapped in a hospital blanket. "The cry that I heard, as a father, was more of a cry for help, I'm hungry, but not like an I'm injured and hurt," Collette said Monday during a press conference. "I knew what I was hearing, but I didn't believe it."

The baby was cold to the touch, and rushed to a hospital; she's still there under observation, but is doing well. The baby is known as Jane Doe, but detectives on her case have taken to calling her "Baby Grace," the Los Angeles Times reports. They would like to speak with the newborn's mother, and encourage her to come forward. "We're also worried for her well being," Det. Jennifer Valenzuela of the Special Victim's Bureau said. The baby has black hair, and could be of Hispanic or African-American descent. California has a safe-surrender law, which lets parents drop babies off at hospitals and fire stations within 72 hours of their birth without criminal liability. The baby — the fourth abandoned in Los Angeles County so far this year — will eventually be adopted. Catherine Garcia

a whole lot of shaking going on
7:01 p.m. ET
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In north-central Oklahoma, residents were left shaken Monday after at least seven earthquakes hit, including one jolt that was felt 300 miles away in Iowa.

Scientists say there is a link between the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma — there were just a few dozen quakes magnitude 3.0 or above in 2012 compared to more than 720 so far this year — and oil and gas activity; several earthquakes are rattling areas where injection wells are pumping wastewater into the earth, The Associated Press reports. State regulators have asked disposal well operators to shut down their wells or have them reduce their volume, but State Rep. Cory Williams (D-Stillwater) said enough isn't being done to slow down the earthquakes. "The problem is we're being totally reactionary as opposed to proactive," Williams told AP. "We wait for a seismic event, and then we react to it, which is an abysmal policy for handling something that can cause catastrophic damage to property and/or life."

Williams said the oil and gas lobby is powerful in Oklahoma, keeping policymakers from regulating the industry, and in 2014, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed into law a bill that states cities and towns can no longer regulate oil and gas operations within their boundaries. Chad Warmington of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association says if operations are shut down "it would be devastating. The goal is to be able to reduce earthquakes and still be able to produce." Catherine Garcia

a hairy situation
5:35 p.m. ET

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had a productive post-Thanksgiving Monday, formally inviting President Obama to deliver his final State of the Union address Jan. 12. Afterward, he kicked back a little bit — by shamelessly showing off his beard on Twitter.

If you're wondering just how long it's been, the House archives has an answer: Ryan is apparently the first bearded speaker since Frederick Huntington Gillett, who served in the role until 1931.

But wait, you're probably craving even more House speaker facial hair history now. Never fear:

Perhaps Ryan will be inspired to rock a mustache. Julie Kliegman

This just in
4:42 p.m. ET
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Sheldon Silver, an influential New York politician who served as the New York State Assembly's speaker for two decades, was convicted Monday on all seven counts of fraud, extortion, and money laundering brought against him in a federal corruption case.

The 71-year-old Democrat is the highest-profile target of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who is seeking to expose what he calls a network of corruption in Albany. Silver was forced to step down from his post following his arrest in January; Bharara is also trying New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R), who was arrested in May on federal corruption charges. Samantha Rollins

4:39 p.m. ET

The International Monetary Fund added the Chinese yuan to its list of elite world currencies Monday, a designation that acknowledges China's growing presence as a global economic power, The New York Times reports.

The yuan, also known as the renminbi, joins the dollar, the euro, the pound, and the yen in getting the nod from the IMF. It's a move that should allow for the yuan to be more widely traded in foreign exchange markets, Reuters reports. But at least for now, the addition to the Special Drawing Rights basket is primarily symbolic.

"There's this obsession with the SDR, and it's completely out of proportion to its economic impact, which is likely to be trivial," former Federal Reserve Board governor Randall Kroszner told the Times. "It may be that in the drive to get into the SDR, they may make changes that make the renminbi more attractive for international market participants." Julie Kliegman

court reports
4:21 p.m. ET

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting a police officer and two others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. Other charges could follow for Dear, who is being held without bond and appeared in the court via video feed.

Authorities have not released more information about an official motive for the shooting. Planned Parenthood advocates have attributed the shooting to pro-life abortion rhetoric, a connection many Republican presidential candidates have disputed.

Formal charges against Dear are set to be filed Dec. 9. Julie Kliegman

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