People also are talking about the whether sports betting could be legalized and how sex scandals could affect your office party.
Legalized sports betting gets hearing in Supreme Court
Nevada's long monopoly on legal sports betting could end, depending on the outcome of a case to be argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court.
New Jersey's outgoing governor, Chris Christie, is asking the court to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports. Eighteen other states are joining him.
Some states want to take in the tax revenue that would come from betting on sports while others claim it is a test of states' rights.
They are challenging a 1992 law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prevents states from allowing any sports gambling schemes. It's unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead the act says states cannot permit it.
Professional sports leagues and amateur associations say the law prevents the corrupting influence of organized crime in athletics — they're urging the court to uphold it.
If current law was intended to stop the growth of sports betting, it has not worked, Christie argues. Analysts estimate that nearly $149 billion is gambled on sporting events every year.
But the NCAA and the major professional sports leagues argue the law is not unconstitutional, because it doesn't compel states to do anything. Under the act, states "must simply refrain from operating sports-gambling schemes or from authorizing third parties to do so," they note.
Tape of Trump talking about grabbing women real, Billy Bush says
Billy Bush said it was indeed Donald Trump's voice captured on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women.
"Of course he said it," the former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" show personality said in an op-ed published Sunday in The New York Times.
The video shows Trump, who was the star of "The Apprentice," riding on an "Access Hollywood" bus with then-host Bush. At one point, Trump describes trying to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.
"When you're a star, they let you do it," Trump says. "You can do anything."
"Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better," Bush said in the op-ed.
The recording of the lewd conversation between Bush and Trump emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump later said he never did any of the actions described on the tape, and dismissed his words as locker room talk.
In the waning days of the presidential election, more than a dozen women came forward to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. He denied it.
But Bush said he believes the women, and he felt the need to write the piece following reports that Trump had privately suggested that the "Access Hollywood" tape was not authentic.
"I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention," Bush said. "This country is currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. Its leader is wantonly poking the bear."
Bush, who had recently been hired as co-host of the "Today" show, lost his job following the release of the tape.
Proven: Dogs are smarter than cats
The age-old debate about whether dogs are smarter than cats now has a definitive scientific answer: It's dogs.
That's the conclusion of an international team of researchers, who found that dogs possess twice the number of neurons than cats. Neurons are cells that process information. And so, the more neurons an animal has, the better its information processing capability, these scientists say.
The study was conducted by researchers from six universities in the US, Brazil, Denmark and South Africa. It's been accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
The research was done in the lab of Suzana Herculano-Houzel, an associate professor of psychology and biological sciences at Vanderbilt University. Until recently, scientists interested in comparing intelligence across species were limited to using brain size as an indicator.
"In 2005, my lab developed a very simple, fast and inexpensive method to count cells in brains and brain parts," Herculano-Houzel said.
This is what they found when they looked at cats' and dogs' cerebral cortex, the information-processing part of the brain: A cat's cerebral cortex has 250 million neurons. A 15-pound mixed-breed dog's has 429 million.
When they looked at a 64-pound golden retriever, the count was even higher: 627 million neurons.
"It is fair to say, then, that dogs have about twice as many neurons as cats in their cerebral cortex," she said. "And this implies that dogs have more cognitive capabilities than cats."
Trump endorses accused child molester in Alabama race
President Donald Trump is throwing his full support behind embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.
Trump tweeted early Monday that "Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama."
It was Trump's most full-throated endorsement of Moore, who has lost backing of many top Republicans since he was hit with allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago.
Trump has assailed Democratic candidate Doug Jones and has defended Moore against allegations of child molestation. But the White House has said he has no plans to make campaign appearances.
Trump tweeted: "We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!"
Sex scandals mean a closer look at holiday office parties
With a series of high-profile workplace sex scandals on their minds, employers are making sure their holiday office parties don’t become part of the problem.
There will be less booze at many. An independent business organization has renewed its annual warning not to hang mistletoe. And some will have party monitors, keeping an eye out for inappropriate behavior.
TV and movies often depict office parties as wildly inappropriate bacchanals or excruciatingly awkward fiascoes, if not, horrifyingly, both. But even a regular office party can be complicated because the rules people normally observe at work don’t quite apply, which makes it easier for people to accidentally cross a line — or try to get away with serious misbehavior. Especially when too much drinking is involved.
According to a survey by Chicago-based consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, only 49 percent of companies plan to serve alcohol at their holiday events. Last year that number was 62 percent, the highest number in the decade the firm has run its survey. The number had been going up each year as the economy improved.
“As soon as you introduce alcohol at an off-site activity, peoples’ guards are dropped,” said Ed Yost, manager of employee relations and development for the Society for Human Resource Management based in Alexandria, Virginia. “It’s presumed to be a less formal, more social environment. Some people will drink more than they typically would on a Friday night or a Saturday because it’s an open bar or a free cocktail hour.”
The Huffington Post reported Friday that Vox Media, which runs sites including Vox and Recode, won’t have an open bar this year at its holiday party and will instead give employees two tickets they can redeem for drinks. It will also have more food than in years past. The company recently fired its editorial director, Lockhart Steele, after a former employee made allegations of sexual harassment against him.
A survey by Bloomberg Law said those kinds of safeguards are common: while most companies ask bartenders or security or even some employees to keep an eye on how much partygoers are drinking, others limit the number of free drinks or the time they’re available. A small minority have cash bars instead of an open bar.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses recommends all of those steps, and adds another that might seem obvious these days: don’t hang mistletoe. It’s been giving those suggestions for several years.
Silverdome still standing after failed implosion
It began with the familiar dramatic scene: A series of bright flashes chased each other around the condemned stadium, emitting dozens of plumes of smoke.
And then ... nothing. As the smoke cleared, Detroit's famed Silverdome was still standing.
Explosions went off Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The mayor's office in Pontiac, where the Silverdome is located, said it had been informed by the company responsible for the demolition that only the kicker charges detonated, meaning the implosion did not take place.
"Although we're waiting for a final assessment from the Adamo Group, we have been informed by them that eight shape charges didn't go off on the main columns," Mayor Deirdre Waterman said in a statement.
Waterman praised the camaraderie of those who had gathered to share their memories of the Silverdome. "It was great to see so many people who came out to witness what was expected to be a partial implosion of the upper metal ring of the Silverdome as the start of an estimated 9 -- 12 month process of demolition," she said.