Today's edition of quick hits:* Tennessee: "Three people have died in a 500-acre wildfire around Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday, but firefighters are making significant progress thanks to rain that swept through overnight."* Tragedy: "The fairy tale season of the professional Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense ended in tragedy when their plane crashed in Colombia, killing all but six of the 81 people aboard."* Standing Rock: "As many as 2,000 veterans planned to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to serve as 'human shields' for protesters who have for months clashed with the police over the construction of an oil pipeline, organizers said."* Real estate market: "U.S. home prices have climbed back above the record reached more than a decade ago, bringing to a close the worst period for the housing market since the Great Depression and stoking optimism for a more sustainable expansion."* Curious praise: "Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that he believes it will be easier to deal with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump than with other American leaders who "talk" about democracy, human rights and transparency."* Syria: "A U.S. military investigation into a mistaken airstrike that likely killed dozens of 'Syrian-aligned' forces in September found no misconduct on the part of U.S.-led coalition pilots or commanders who approved the attack, the U.S. military said Tuesday."* Diplomacy: "White House spokesman Josh Earnest says a high-ranking presidential adviser and the top diplomat to Cuba will represent the United States at Fidel Castro's funeral. Earnest is emphasizing that the two are not part of a formal delegation to the service, but the appearance of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Jeffrey DeLaurentis shows a commitment to an 'ongoing, future-oriented relationship with the Cuban people.'"* South Korea's President Park Geun-hye "has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms. Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain.* Fight for 15: "Thousands of low-wage workers protested in cities across the United States on Tuesday to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union, shutting down streets and disrupting service at some of the nation's busiest airports."* This is kind of amazing: "The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves copies of old web pages, is creating a backup of its database in Canada, in response to the election of Donald Trump."Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.