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The Next GOP Debate May Finally Be Less Crowded

Plus, a miraculous rescue after China's landslide and a Black Lives Matter ruling over a protest.

Likely Only A Handful Will Be At The Main Debate

The stages during the Republican presidential debates so far this year have been chaotic -- and not just because candidates have been shouting at each other and launching insults. In early debates, there were over a dozen candidates sharing the stage, and during last week's most recent one, nine jockeyed for attention, while four were a part of the undercard debate. Now, based on new criteria used by Fox Business Network, which is hosting the upcoming debate on Jan. 14, only the top six candidates, as determined by polling data, will take the main stage. Those who don't hit that bar aren't completely out of luck, though: Every other candidate will be invited to the secondary debate.

Miraculous Rescue In China

A major landslide in Shenzhen devastated that Chinese city earlier this week. But some good news came among the destruction early Wednesday (Dec. 23): Relief workers found and rescued a man alive after 67 hours. The slide was caused by a combination of rain and waste from construction sites, and has left more than 70 people missing. "As long as there is a sliver of hope, we will never give up," Zhang Hu, a city deputy mayor, said.

Judge Blocks Black Lives Matter Leaders From Attending Protest

A judge in Minnesota prohibited three leaders of a Black Lives Matter group from attending an upcoming protest at the Mall of America in a ruling on Tuesday. The ruling did not ban the protest itself, though. "The Mall of America has now taken the further outrageous and totalitarian step of attempting to control the speech of individuals," Black Lives Matter Minneapolis wrote on its Facebook page. Last month, Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a police officer, which has sparked local protests.