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The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:31 a.m. Sunday on a mission to get within 3.8 million miles of the Sun's surface, reports the AP.

Why it matters: If successful, the Parker probe will become the first spacecraft to enter the sun's corona and the fastest-moving man-made object in history, traveling at a record-breaking 430,000 mph by 2024 and 2025.

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Job gains slow sharply as U.S. adds 210k jobs in November

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The U.S. economy added 210,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate plummeted to 4.2% from 4.6%.

Why it matters: Job gains slowed sharply, but the labor market recovery remains on track.

Elon Musk's mega-billion bounty

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Here's how insanely rich Elon Musk is: He has unloaded $10 billion of his stock in the past month — and could do that 15+ more times given his silos of shares.

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Huawei sanctions snarled chip supply chains

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The largely successful U.S. effort to hobble China's Huawei has benefitted a host of other tech companies — from smartphone makers such as Apple and Xiaomi to chipmakers like Qualcomm to network vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.

Yes, but: The massive disruption to the industry furthered an industry wide mismatch between supply and demand, exacerbating the global chip shortage.