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5 Takeaways From The CNN Republican Debate:

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio finally came of age as rivals vying to take the conservative movement into a new generation. Jeb Bush took a stand. And Donald Trump said he won’t jump ship.

Tuesday’s CNN Republican debate was a last chance to shine for candidates in 2015. It was a crucial clash before the race goes into the deep freeze over the Christmas and New Year holidays, with just seven weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses.

And as the first GOP showdown since the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, revealed the alarming, expanded reach of ISIS, the showdown in Las Vegas offered a preview of how a Republican president would reshape U.S. national security policy.

Los Angeles Schools Set To Reopen After Threat:

The schools in Los Angeles are safe and will reopen Wednesday, city officials said Tuesday.

Classes for about 650,000 students were canceled Tuesday after several people on the district’s school board received an email threat. More than 2,700 officers were involved in walk-throughs at more than 1,500 school sites in searches for explosives or weapons, Los Angeles school district police Chief Steven Zipperman.

“We can now announce, and conclude, and tell you, and tell the community that we believe that our schools are safe, and we can reopen schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District tomorrow morning,” Los Angeles Unified School District School Board President Steve Zimmer told reporters.

‘Star Wars’ 101: What You Should Know:

Do you have a high count of Force-sensitive midi-chlorians? You can stop reading this article now.

But for those of us who need a little “Star Wars” background — or just a refresher on the Galaxy That George Created — here are a few things you should know about one of the most successful franchises in the annals of pop culture:

The history

“Star Wars” — later retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” — may have been released in 1977, but the idea goes back a few years.

In 1973, director George Lucas was a promising filmmaker a few years out of film school. His second feature, “American Graffiti,” had just been completed, and he set down ideas for a new project, which he called “The Star Wars.”

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