* The poor in one Alabama county face skyrocketing water prices.
* "The share of all U.S. adults who are married has dropped to a record low 51 percent."
* More reports of tragedy in Syria.
* Time announces their person of the year: the protester.
* China reports more bad economic news.
* The government kills the dollar coin, again.
* Hee. "The 20 unhappiest people you meet in the comments sections of year-end lists."
* Meet the worst division in the NFL.
* Good read: the AV Club on the weirdly poetic cautionary tale of MC Hammer.