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5 things you need to know this morning: Dec. 4, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. OED announces word of the year

The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen "rizz" as its word of the year. Thought to be a shortened form of "charisma," the word, which is popular among Generation Z, means romantic appeal or charm.

Oxford names "rizz" word of the year

— The Hill (@thehill) December 4, 2023

2. Kangaroo found after spending weekend on the run in Ontario

A kangaroo that went on the run in Ontario over the weekend has been found safe. The female escape artist, which fled Oshawa zoo on Friday, was found at about 3 am this morning by a police canine unit.

#Breaking: Escaped kangaroo found safe after days on the loose in Ontario, police say.

— Toronto Star (@TorontoStar) December 4, 2023

3. US warship shoots down rebels' drones in Red Sea

The US military has said one of its warships shot down three drones in the Red Sea on Sunday. It came after Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, attacked three commercial vessels in the busy waterway.

A U.S. warship in the Red Sea shot down at least three drones Sunday, according to a U.S. military statement. Initial assessments indicated that at least one of the drones was launched from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen.

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 4, 2023

4. Kiss set for digital immortality

Glam rock band Kiss may have just retired, but they are set to continue performing forever more after being granted digital immortality. As they walked off the stage after their final concert in New York on the weekend, they were replaced by fire-breathing avatars of themselves.

KISS Online marks a new era where the band will continue to perform as digital avatars as they leave live touring behind.

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— TMZ (@TMZ) December 4, 2023

5. Volcanic eruption kills 11 hikers

Eleven hikers have died after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Another 12 are missing, officials said, following the blast at Mount Marapi on the island of Sumatra.

Mount Marapi Eruption in Indonesia kills at least 11, dozens missing

— TIME (@TIME) December 4, 2023

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