Trump defends cabinet as hardline picks criticized

President-elect says secretarial picks will be 'one of the greatest cabinets' ever assembled, says members 'committed to advancing common good' US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a Victory Tour Rally, on December 8, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump is taking time time to speak several of the states that helped him win the election .

US Supreme Court lets Alabama execution go ahead

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday said Alabama could execute an inmate convicted of killing a convenience store clerk, a decision handed down after a whirlwind of legal fillings and two court-ordered delays. Justices twice paused the execution as attorneys for Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, argued for a delay, saying a judge shouldn't have been able to impose the death penalty when a jury recommended he receive life imprisonment.

Biden calls on Trudeau to defend international ‘rules of the road’

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be a defender of the international "rules of the road" to help shepherd the world through a period of deep uncertainty. Biden delivered that message in a stirring speech at a state dinner in his honour in Ottawa on Thursday night, in which he singled out the fight against climate change as the most important issue of this generation.

Trump meets Ohio State victims before latest ‘thank you’ rally

In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor. In Columbus, Trump met with those who had been attacked by a knife-wielding Ohio State University student and had words of tribute for astronaut and senator John Glenn of Ohio - "indeed an American hero" - who died Thursday at 95. Then he was off to Des Moines, Iowa, for the latest stop on his victory tour of states that helped him win the presidency.

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts. Victims' advocates say it's critical to ensuring such students don't end up on other campuses without their new schools knowing the potential risk and to holding them accountable, long term, so they can't just move on with a clean slate.

Trump says U.S.-China relationship must improve


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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., December 8, 2016. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., December 8, 2016.

Climate change skeptic to head EPA; McMorris Rodgers as Interior secretary?

The Trump administration appears set to take a hard right turn on environmental policy, with climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt as boss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a possible Interior secretary...McMorris Rodgers is a conservative six-term House member from Eastern Washington who has usually scored zero in ratings of House votes on conservation and energy by the League of Conservation Voters. McMorris Rodgers was recently named a vice chair of the Trump transition team and met with the president-elect late last month.

Plane Missing in Alaska With 4 Passengers, Search Underway

A plane went missing in Alaska Wednesday morning, and a search is underway for the aircraft, which was carrying four people from Port Alsworth to Anchorage. The small airplane, described by Alaska Dispatch News as a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, departed about 10:30 a.m. The plane, though did not arrive to its destination at Merrill Field, said Clint Johnson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, according to KTVA .

Trump’s Choice of Scott Pruitt for EPA Draws Positive Reviews

President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA is drawing widespread praise from legislators and Republican environmental groups as someone who will draw back the agency's excessive regulations. "By standing up to unwarranted and unlawful policies, he has demonstrated rightful concern for Americans whose livelihoods and communities have suffered under intrusive, job-killing regulations."

Trump Defends Billionaire Cabinet Picks: ‘They’re So Proud to Do It’

President-elect Donald Trump defended his wealthy choices for Cabinet and top administrative posts, telling Iowa supporters Thursday they were "some of the most successful people in the world." "One newspaper criticized me: 'Why can't they have people of modest means?'" Trump said at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, the third stop on his "thank you" tour of battleground states.

Study: ‘Obamacare’ Repeal-Only Would Make 30M Uninsured

Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of "significant market disruption" that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

Conservatives Outraged Over Obama Blaming Opposition on Racism

Republicans were outraged Thursday at a CNN special in which President Barack Obama suggested racism played some part in opposition to his White House agenda arguing "there's a reason" why attitudes about his presidency are different between white voters in northern and southern states . "There are people who dislike me because they think I'm a liberal," the president told CNN's Fareed Zakaria during a special aired Wednesday night, "The Legacy of Barack Obama."

Gabbard: ‘Offensive’ to worry about number of generals in Trump’s Cabinet

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: As a veteran, concerns about generals serving in Trump's administration are "pretty offensive" https://t.co/cXP5J1g7aY Tulsi Gabbard Gabbard: 'Offensive' to worry about number of generals in Trump's Cabinet Trump flirts with Dems for Cabinet Dem senator to meet with Trump MORE Donald Trump Trump meets with Ohio State victims Trump to remain Celebrity Apprentice's executive producer Trump's attempts to pick industry winners and losers will ultimately fail MORE is considering too many retired generals for Cabinet positions.

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I haven't really tried to do any fundraising in awhile. I'll consider doing so again for the 2018 cycle, though I'll have to sit down and think through what my criteria will be.

Skubick: Recount recap

The Michigan presidential recount is officially over, but the battle over who will pay for the two million dollar cost is heating up at the Capitol. The state elections director pulled the plug on the presidential recount last night after a federal judge said Green Party candidate Jill Stein did not prove any wrongdoing in the Michigan balloting.

The Law & Mr. Trump

"Neel Chatterjee, an Orrick IP partner ... [is] creating a new 'practice group' after the election of Donald Trump in order to harnass the power of lawyers in opposing the potential policies of the president-elect." - Kathryn Rubino, Abovethelaw, December 8, 2016.

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction." The article focused on the killings of five teenagers from the same New York City suburb and suspicions that the slayings were the work of a street gang, MS-13, that has roots in El Salvador and has been linked to at least 30 killings on Long Island since 2010.

Search for missing Alaska plane slowed by fog

The search for a small plane missing in Alaska with four people on board has been hampered by fog and darkness in a narrow river valley believed to be part of the aircraft's flight path, responders said Thursday. The single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee left Port Alsworth about 10 a.m. Wednesday and was due around noon in Anchorage 170 miles to the northeast, Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt.

Carrier factory union chief standing ground against Trump

A local union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter stood his ground Thursday, maintaining the president-elect gave false hope to hundreds of workers by inflating the number of jobs being saved at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis. United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones spent much of the day doing television interviews after Trump called out by name Wednesday night the leader of the union for a few thousand workers at the Carrier factory and 11 other plants.

‘Pizzagate’: Can You Top This?

During the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, Americans spent too much time on the roller coaster and got addicted to it. We are now in the post-election phase of our national life, starring President-elect Donald Trump and his victory-and-transition magical mystery tour.

Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

A teenager accused of killing a staff member at a youth treatment center and injuring another worker carried out the attacks because he wanted to leave the ranch, not because of a grudge against either person, a... The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or... An unarmed black motorist struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the driver when he tried to get away, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows.

The Creeping Militarization of Donald Trump’s Cabinet


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Retired Army three-star general Michael T. Flynn arrives at Trump Tower last month with his son, Michael G. Flynn. Since 9/11, the nation has embraced militarization as a way of preventing another major terror attack like the one 15 years ago that killed 2,996 people.

Raqqa, Mosul Liberations Progress as ISIL Loses Resources to Fight

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker in support of a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq, Dec. 7, 2016. The KC-135 provides aerial refueling capabilities as the task force supports the Iraqi security forces and the partnered forces in Syria as they work to liberate territory and people under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Trump’s top oilman: Dakota tribes being used by ‘fringe’


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Thousands of Native Americans and activists have braved blizzard conditions to protest against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal lands. Harold Hamm, a billionaire oilman and President-elect Donald Trump's top energy adviser, doesn't seem to believe the protests were authentic.

Clinton calls fake news ‘an epidemic’ with real world consequences


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Hillary Clinton, speaking in public Thursday for one of the first times since losing the presidential election a month ago, called the proliferation of fake news "an epidemic." So-called fake news -- often blatant falsehoods passed off online as the truth and spread by conspiracy theorists -- rose to prominence around the 2016 campaign and since Clinton's defeat millions have read "Pizzagate," a false report spread online that erroneously accused Clinton and her campaign of running a child sex ring at a pizza shop .

a Problematica Trudeau meeting plan leaves indigenous leaders frustrated

Indigenous leaders say they are frustrated that they've been invited to a separate meeting with the prime minister on Friday ahead of his climate change discussions with the premiers in Ottawa. Natan Obed, the president of Canada's national Inuit organization, says it's been "frustrating and problematic" the way provinces and territories have been engaging with indigenous leaders in advance of the first ministers meetings.

Trump expected to pick Puzder for Labor

In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary. In the background is Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

South African man admits to child sexual exploitation, sending child porn

A man from South Africa, who was extradited to Maine in 2014, admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took sexually explicit photographs of a minor girl and sent them to undercover federal agents in Maine investigating the online exchange of child pornography. Denver Carolissen, 42, of Kuilsrivier, South Africa, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to sexually exploiting a minor and transporting child pornography, the U.S. attorney's office said in a press release.

Trump picks labor secretary, heads west to meet OSU victims

President-elect Donald Trump is taking on a somber task Thursday that became all too familiar to his predecessor - supporting survivors after an outbreak of violence, this time families and victims from last week's attack at Ohio State University. Trump is flying to Columbus, Ohio, to meet with several people who were slashed by Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

The Far-right’s rising tide

It has to be benchmarked to Donald Trump, although changes on both sides of the Atlantic had been incubating for a good length of time to hit the road with a bang! A new milestone around our neck? The widely read British columnist Rod Riddle had relied on quotes from The Guardian to explain the Trump factor as it impacted the US presidential election. Joan Cook, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale attributed it to 'traumatic bonding,' like the Stockholm syndrome-an emotional dependency forged through abuse.

Massive annual defense policy bill passes U.S. Congress

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions. Ninety-two senators backed the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, and seven opposed it.

Make India great again? Fighter jet giants look to move production to India


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Donald Trump may meet his match when he goes toe-to-toe with another world leader who's showing prowess at strong-arming American companies into helping make his country great again. Lockheed Martin and Boeing are the two major companies involved in discussions to build fighter aircraft production plants in India as part of that country's "Make in India" initiative, which is essentially a mirror-image of President-elect Trump's aggressive desire to keep manufacturing jobs within the United States.

Senator Alexander Says $611.2 Billion Defense Bill Means Troops Will…

Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday released the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan agreement for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that establishes the nation's military spending priorities: He said, "Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve ... (more)

Trump expected to pick Puzder for Labour

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labour secretary. Puzder heads CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl's Jr., Hardee's and other chains.

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest castigated Congress on Wednesday for preventing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. Earnest was asked at the White House daily press briefing if President Obama's failure to mention closing the detention facility during his national security speech the prior day was a final "coming to terms" that it remain open after his term.

US Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

Senator Ben Cardin speaks during a press conference introducing the Iran Policy Oversight Act on October 1, 2015 in Washington, DC Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law. The legislation was included in the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, setting policy for the Department of Defense, despite the recent election of Republican Donald Trump as the U.S. president.

Trump cons the media on climate

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, Dec. 6, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik This week, President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the biggest names in climate activism: former vice president Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

How religious conservatives unwittingly laid the groundwork to help Native Americans save theira

Much has been written about the success of the Standing Rock protests, where a sustained campaign launched by self-described "water protectors" hailing from more than 300 indigenous tribes managed to pressure the Army Corps of Engineers into reevaluating its support for the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Although it remains unclear whether the decision will withstand a Donald Trump administration, many commentators and environmental advocates have heralded the victory as a bellwether for the power of activism.

New Head of Seattle FBI Office Believes We Still Live in a ‘Safe and Open Society’

Jay S. Tabb, Jr., the FBI's new Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, has the all qualities you'd expect from a high-ranking federal law enforcement guy: a strong foundation in leadership he credits to his military roots ; a bureau career that began in 1997 and saw him working in counterterrorism, critical incident response, violent crime and drug trafficking; honorary recognition for his tenure with the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team ; and a direct, no-nonsense attitude paired with the self-assured confidence of a man who believes very, very firmly that he knows what he's doing-and feels comfortable doing it.

Captain Pelosi of the Good Ship ‘Democrat’

Nancy Pelosi beat back her toughest challenge yet to her leadership of Democrats in the House of Representatives, continuing to lead the sinking Democrat party ship Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Michael Ramirez, combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the news with a captivating drawing style to create consistently outstanding editorial cartoons on Ammoland Shooting Sports News . Share this page and help spread our pro gun, conservative message with humor.

What’s Next for Ohio’s Strict Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Bill


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In this Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 file picture, anti-abortion and pro-choice activists stand next to each other in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. On Tuesday, the Ohio General Assembly passed what could become among the strictest abortion laws in the nation if it is signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich .

Drug Affordability and the 21st Century Cures Act


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The high price of new drugs has become a political hot potato. Hillary Clinton made drug affordability a part of her platform --as did President-elect Donald Trump.

New judge weighing arguments in political finance case

A state judge could soon decide whether Massachusetts corporations should be free to make contributions to political candidates or administer their own political action committees after oral arguments were made in court Wednesday as part of a lawsuit brought by two local business owners. Two politically active conservatives, Michael Kane, the owner of 126 Self Storage in Ashland, and Rick Green, president of 1A Auto Inc. in Pepperell, sued the state in February 2015 seeking a change in how corporations are regulated by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

U.S. Reviewing Russia’s Sale of $11 Billion Rosneft Stake

Amos Hochstein, special envoy for international energy affairs at the U.S. Department of State, discusses potential sanctions violations by Russia in the sale of an $11 billion stake of Rosneft to Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund. He speaks with Bloomberg's Alix Steel on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

ECB Extending QE Program at Slower Pace

The European Central Bank left the main refinancing rate unchanged while announcing that it will reduce the level of monthly asset purchases to EU60 billion beginning in April and running through December of 2017 Bloomberg's Matt Miller reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas." Kit Juckes, global strategist at Societe Generale, discusses market expectations for the European Central Bank to extend quantitative easing and the "unintended consequences" he sees tied to the end eventual end of the program.

Merkel’s Deputy Says Brexit Taking Far Too Long in Nudge to May

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Brexit is taking "far too long" and maintaining the U.K.'s ties to the European Union won't be easy. Gabriel signaled concern that extended uncertainty implied by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's timeline for starting Britain's exit from the EU by the end of March might cause economic damage, though "we're not experiencing a strong impact" for now.

McDonald’s Moves Tax Base to U.K. Amid EU Attack on Burger Giant

McDonald's Corp. moved its non-U.S. tax base to the U.K., ditching Luxembourg where its tax arrangements are under attack from European Union regulators and critics of corporate tax avoidance. In an apparent vote of confidence in the U.K., which decided in June to leave the EU, the hamburger giant is creating a new international holding company based in the country.

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"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here.

Ghost Ship Warehouse Had Makeshift Stairwell and No Evidence of Smoke Detectors, Officials Say

The California warehouse where a horrific fire left dozens of people dead did not have any evidence of smoke detectors, was equipped with a makeshift stairwell and had no exits on the second floor, officials said Wednesday. The officials described a terrifying scene that played out as fire ripped through the building, known as the Ghost Ship, on Dec. 2, with people inside the darkened structure overcome by smoke as the building's only exit was blocked by flames.

Marathon session in Lansing cranks out bills

Over the strenuous objection of Democrats, the Republican majority in the Michigan House approved legislation late last night that would require that voters present Photo I.D. when they vote or within ten days or have their vote thrown out. Supporters of the legislation say it's to protect the integrity of the vote.

Liberal Mega Donors Look to Run for Governor

"In three major states with a governor's mansion up for grabs in 2018, a big-name, politically active billionaire or multimillionaire is taking steps toward a run - donors looking to take matters into their own hands after 2016's gutting losses," Politico reports. "In Florida, it's John Morgan, a wealthy attorney who has long been one of the Democratic Party's biggest swing-state fundraisers.

Morning Digest: Our least favorite Republican from 2012 is running against Sherrod Brown again


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... a- OH-Sen : As expected, Republican Josh Mandel, whose formal title is Ohio state treasurer but whose real job is running against Sherrod Brown every six years, has kicked off another bid for Senate . Mandel is a hyper-ambitious, mendacious piece of shit, but we aren't going to do a deep recap of his previous run since we know we'll have plenty of opportunities to discuss what a jagoff he is in the future.

Trump picks climate sceptic Pruitt

ELECT Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, criticised as a climate change denier and a staunch fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement on Thursday morning comes after Leonardo DiCaprio met with Mr Trump on Wednesday to discuss how jobs centring on preserving the environment can boost the economy.

Trump settles on Oklahoma’s attorney general to lead EPA

President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda." "My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity," Trump said in an early morning statement.

Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot who ejected from jet off Japan


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The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said.

Final days in Congress not equal for all departing lawmakers

This is the time of year when I tend to take a longer look at the list of lawmakers in Congress who are "not voting," as some members of the House and Senate sometimes check out a little early before their terms are finished, while others are more than happy to stick around to the last vote, thoroughly enjoying their final moments on Capitol Hill. "I have a job to do," said Rep. Jeff Miller , who did not run for re-election in November, but has been busily filling his final days with work before his term ends.

Trump to meet with victims of OSU attack, resume road show

Donald Trump is going to try to show a more sensitive side Thursday, meeting with victims of last week's Ohio State University attack, before taking his "thank you" road show to three more states that supported him in the election. Trump is taking on a grim task that President Barack Obama has faced numerous times over the last eight years: consoling the survivors after an attack of mass violence.

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President-elect Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda ... WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration. McMahon and her husband, Vince, founded and built World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., now a publicly traded sports entertainment company.

Branstad picked for post in China

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner. But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

Dare to dream, Donald and let immigrant kids stay here

Donald Trump just may be jettisoning one of the cruelest pledges of his campaign, which also happened to be one of his signature promises. Tempting though it may be to attack the shape-shifting President-elect for standing on a foundation of Jell-O, he deserves praise, not scorn, for seeming to shimmy away from plans to expel hundreds of thousands of young people who came to the United States as children, the so-called Dreamers.

Pay up, D.C. since New York is paying to protect the new Prez

Thirty days after winning the election, 43 days before taking the oath of office, Donald Trump engineers his transition to power from the 26th floor of the tower that bears his name on Fifth Ave. at 56th St., in the center of the nation's most congested city. That is his home and office, and building his administration there is his prerogative as the duly elected 45th President of the United States.

Preparing for White House, Trump to attend Army-Navy game

President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House. The future commander-in-chief planned to attend the 117th game between the military academies at West Point and Annapolis, which is being held on relatively neutral ground, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Clinton decries rise of fake news in first speech since loss

Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" in her first speech since losing the presidential election last month. Clinton warned that "it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," an apparent reference to an incident involving a gunman who fired multiple shots inside a Washington pizza shop that has become the target of a fake conspiracy story.

New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, his former campaign manager told reporters Wednesday. "Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications and a good record as the AG of Oklahoma, and there were a number of qualified candidates for that particular position that the President-elect interviewed and he settled on Attorney General Pruitt and we'll look forward to the confirmation hearing," Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday.

Biden: ‘I have no intention of running’ in ’20

Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday, "I have no intention of running" for president in 2020, the latest in what has been an eventful week for the vice president. Biden said this after the Senate paid tribute to his work earlier -- and as he headed into a reception in the Capitol.

School’s embarrassing sign welcoming their new students – but can you spot the mistake?

EXCLUSIVE: First picture of designer boyfriend of arrested 'Catwoman' Jocelyn Wildenstein after she 'slashed him with scissors' and 'poured hot wax on his face' during late night brawl Horrific details of missing Alaskan teenager's death reveal he was 'beaten, kidnapped and forced to walk into remote woods where he was shot' Joe Biden 'embraced' Onion article that showed him shirtless washing a Trans Am says top Senate Republican - wishing 'likable' vice president good bye Driver in fatal Baltimore school bus crash that killed him and five others was traveling nearly twice the speed limit and had a history of causing car wrecks Pandora apologizes to bride whose husband was left 'humiliated' by store worker who made fun of $130 rings he bought her for their wedding From a man who had sex with a garbage bag to the woman who fed her husband's penis to a duck: The most bizarre sexual ... (more)

No more fighting for a spot on the beach! Stunning peace of NSW…

EXCLUSIVE: First picture of designer boyfriend of arrested 'Catwoman' Jocelyn Wildenstein after she 'slashed him with scissors' and 'poured hot wax on his face' during late night brawl Horrific details of missing Alaskan teenager's death reveal he was 'beaten, kidnapped and forced to walk into remote woods where he was shot' Joe Biden 'embraced' Onion article that showed him shirtless washing a Trans Am says top Senate Republican - wishing 'likable' vice president good bye Driver in fatal Baltimore school bus crash that killed him and five others was traveling nearly twice the speed limit and had a history of causing car wrecks Pandora apologizes to bride whose husband was left 'humiliated' by store worker who made fun of $130 rings he bought her for their wedding From a man who had sex with a garbage bag to the woman who fed her husband's penis to a duck: The most bizarre sexual ... (more)

Asian stocks advance ahead of ECB decision

A campus police officer shot a student Wednesday during a confrontation witnessed by dozens of other students at a Nevada high school, according to authorities. A campus police officer shot a knife-wielding student at a Nevada high school on Wednesday during a confrontation witnessed by dozens of other students, Reno police said.

New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Trump Admits He Was Prepared to Lose the Election

"One month after his upset victory, Donald Trump described the emotional roller coaster ride he experienced on Election Night - and confessed he was prepared to accept defeat - in a lengthy speech Wednesday morning at a private fundraiser in New York City," CNN reports. "Two attendees who were in the room described the President-elect's mood as light-hearted, as he reveled in his unexpected win.

Video company challenges gay marriage law

The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota's gay marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only. Carl and Angel Larsen said they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples.

Trump’s choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner. But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

ATF charges two with gun trafficking in West End

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alleges a New York man with ties to the West End came to the Richmond-area by bus to pick up "Mac and Ruger guns," purchased for him at a gun show illegally. The ATF says they were going after Jake Knight for trafficking in firearms.

Search Underway for Marine Pilot Who Ejected Near Japanese Coast

The pilot ejected at about 4:40 a.m. ET, 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, according to a news release from Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa. The F/A-18 was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa and was conducting "regularly scheduled training at the time of the mishap," Marine Corps Base Camp Butler said.

First Lady Brings Staffers to Tears at Emotional Final Staff Holiday Party

The Nevada high school student who was shot by a resource officer Wednesday was armed with a knife and was threatening others, which prompted the officer... -- A search-and-rescue operation is underway for a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft today off the coast of Japan during a scheduled trainin... From Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa Soybean Association "Iowa and U.S. agriculture will be among the many beneficiaries of Gov. Terry Branstad's selectio... Kearney, Neb. - Nebraska-Kearney senior linebacker Tyke Kozeal has been named to the 2016 AFCA Division II All-American team.

Charleston Church Shooting Survivor Recounts Watching Her Son Die at Dylann Roof Trial

The Nevada high school student who was shot by a resource officer Wednesday was armed with a knife and was threatening others, which prompted the officer... -- A search-and-rescue operation is underway for a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft today off the coast of Japan during a scheduled trainin... From Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa Soybean Association "Iowa and U.S. agriculture will be among the many beneficiaries of Gov. Terry Branstad's selectio... Kearney, Neb. - Nebraska-Kearney senior linebacker Tyke Kozeal has been named to the 2016 AFCA Division II All-American team.

How Trump’s Tweets Seem to Be Impacting Stocks and CEOs

The Nevada high school student who was shot by a resource officer Wednesday was armed with a knife and was threatening others, which prompted the officer... -- A search-and-rescue operation is underway for a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft today off the coast of Japan during a scheduled trainin... From Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa Soybean Association "Iowa and U.S. agriculture will be among the many beneficiaries of Gov. Terry Branstad's selectio... Kearney, Neb. - Nebraska-Kearney senior linebacker Tyke Kozeal has been named to the 2016 AFCA Division II All-American team.

Fact Checking Trump’s $4B Boeing Tweet: Where That Number Came From and What the Contract Says

The Nevada high school student who was shot by a resource officer Wednesday was armed with a knife and was threatening others, which prompted the officer... -- A search-and-rescue operation is underway for a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft today off the coast of Japan during a scheduled trainin... From Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa Soybean Association "Iowa and U.S. agriculture will be among the many beneficiaries of Gov. Terry Branstad's selectio... Kearney, Neb. - Nebraska-Kearney senior linebacker Tyke Kozeal has been named to the 2016 AFCA Division II All-American team.

ATF Notes Selling, Manufacturing of Explosives Not New to RGV

WESLACO Several people are charged in connection with the manufacturing and distribution of explosive devices in the Rio Grande Valley. The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint that said six people are in custody for purchasing, constructing and selling grenades and improvised explosive devices.

Michigan judge revokes order requiring recount of presidential ballots

A federal judge in Michigan on Wednesday revoked his order requiring a recount of the state's presidential vote sought by Jill Stein, siding with a state appeals court that found the Green Party candidate had no grounds to mount the challenge. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith's ruling has the effect of halting the recount in Michigan, at least for now, following conflicting rulings a day earlier by federal and state appeals courts.