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5 things you need to know this morning: Dec. 12, 2019

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

Five things you need to know

1. Britain goes to the polls today

A lot is hinging on today’s election in Britain. By the end of the day, Conservative leader Boris Johnson or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be the man in charge of the United Kingdom. Both have very different visions for the future of the UK and how to proceed over the controversial Brexit movement. Polls close at 10 pm GMT.

2. Death toll rises to 8 after New Zealand volcano eruption

The death toll is now eight after Monday volcanic eruption on White Island in New Zealand on Monday. That number rose after two more victims died from their injuries and it is expected to rise again, as eight are still missing on the island and presumed dead. Another 23 people also remain critically injured in hospital.

3. Kawhi Leonard gets love and a championship ring in Toronto

The Los Angeles Clippers were in Toronto to play the Raptors on Wednesday, which meant it was time to honour Kawhi Leonard at the Air Canada Centre. The fans in Toronto gave Leonard an extended standing ovation and chanted MVP as the superstar was presented with his championship ring from the Raptors 2019 title run. The Clippers beat the Raptors 112-92.

4. Trinidad and Tobago passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

The Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago has made the move to decriminalize marijuana. A bill was passed on Wednesday, which allows for the possession of certain amounts of cannabis. Many Caribbean countries are making moves to do a similar thing to try and tap into the global medical cannabis industry, valued at more than $150 billion.

5. Human remains found after crash of Chilean military plane

Authorities have confirmed that some human remains have been found as crews continue to search the general area where a military plane crashed. The plane went out of contact on Monday afternoon with 38 people on board as it travelled from Chile to Antarctica.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Regina Hall (49), Bob Barker (96), Jennifer Connelly (49), Bill Nighy (70)

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