Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II....
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Philippines President Duterte phones Trump
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has telephoned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and had a brief but "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country....
Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned
RIO NEGRO, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia began repatriating the victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted due to concerns over a possible fuel shortage....
Francois Hollande: A leader perhaps too 'normal' for France?
PARIS (AP) -- Francois Hollande has always been an unlikely French president, a guy proud to call himself "normal" and who ended up in the Elysee Palace almost by default....
Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's supporters moved Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, involving the courts less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results....
Pennsylvania counties hit by flooding to get federal aid
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Federal disaster relief is heading to four Pennsylvania counties hit by October's flash flooding....
Trump, state GOP seek to block Pennsylvania recount bid
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump and the Pennsylvania GOP are asking a state court to throw out a Green Party-backed request for a recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, which Trump won....
Duke names Pennsylvania university provost as next president
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The University of Pennsylvania's chief academic officer will take the helm of Duke University next year....
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka homicide case returns to court
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The homicide case involving Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka returns to court six months after a judge ruled the former pro wrestling star mentally incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend....
Philadelphia to keep 'AMOR,' the bilingual 'LOVE' sculpture
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia is permanently putting the "amor" in the City of Brotherly Love....
Mom charged over 2-year-old's death; investigation continues
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police say the mother of a 2-year-old boy whose death was ruled a homicide has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child....
Retiring worker sends exit survey complaints to 2K employees
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A retiring Pennsylvania Turnpike worker decided brutal honesty was the way to go when he filled out an exit survey after a 35-year career....
The Latest: Michigan board deadlocks, removes recount hurdle
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Latest on presidential recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (all times local):...
Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected....
Last week a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking a new overtime rule expanding eligibility to employees earning up to 47,500 which would include many salaried supervisors and managers. The regulation is heralded as one of the Obama administration's landmark labor policies, but business groups, nonprofits and social service organizations are calling the directive a government overreach costing full time jobs and leaving vacancies unfilled. The delay gives Donald Trump an opportunity to roll back another regulation, key in his plan to stimulate economic growth.
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