MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From the House of Representatives preparing to vote on a controversial tax bill to the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced, here’s a look at the top stories for Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

House To Vote On Tax Bill

The House is expected to vote Thursday on a controversial tax bill as a first step toward passing a long-term spending bill for federal agencies.

The 233-page Republican-backed bill will extend dozens of expiring tax breaks to corporations and individuals.

Congressional leaders on Wednesday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion federal spending package that will keep the government funded through September.

Putin Backs U.S. Draft Resolution On Syria

President Vladimir Putin said the Syrian people themselves must determine who rules the country.

At a news conference Thursday he said Moscow supports a U.S. draft of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

He said a new constitution for Syria must be drafted and a new election prepared where Syrians themselves will determine its leadership.

2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2016 inductees Thursday.

Hip-hop group N.W.A is joining the 31st class of the Rock Hall. They’ll be inducted alongside Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple.

Inductees are determined by more than 800 artists, historians and music-industry professionals.

Parents Prefer Violence Over Sex In Movies

When it comes to movies, parents are apparently more okay with violence than sex.

In the new James Bond flick “Spectre,” there’s a graphic scene where an assassin gouges out the eyeballs of a defenseless victim.

Despite the violence, the movie is rated PG-13 – meaning “some material” may be inappropriate for kids under 13.

The Motion Picture Association of America surveyed parents who have kids between the ages of 7 to 16.

It shows that 80 percent of parents are extremely or very concerned about their kids seeing sex scenes. Only 64 percent said they were concerned about graphic violence.

Of those polled, 72 percent said that the current movie rating system does a good job of letting parents know about the amount of violence in a movie.

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