Happy final Monday of 2015. Christmas, Boxing Day, and Hanukkah are behind us, so the last remaining celebration of the year approaches. This New Year's Eve, go extra trendy and consider sabering that bottle of Champagne with a rifle, or an iPhone. On second thought, don't.
Catch up on the weekend's top stories instead, including a strong vote in favor of raising the federal minimum wage, the passing of a legendary culinary anthropologist, a new shape for a familiar cracker, and what chains in Times Square are charging for dinner and drinks on New Year's Eve.