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House passes $611B defense policy bill by a wide margin
WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama’s key proposals for managing the nation’s vast military enterprise. Lawmakers passed the legislative package, 375-34. The bill now goes to t...
By Richard Lardner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Donald Trump
WASHINGTON — A national commission on Friday delivered urgent recommendations to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that...
By Tami Abdollah and Darlene Superville The Associated Press FULL STORY
Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair
WASHINGTON — A project to modernize the Washington Monument’s elevator, estimated to cost $2 million to $3 million, will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, officials announced Friday. In a statement, the National Park Service said the project will correct ongoing me...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump to nominate retired Gen. Mattis to lead the Pentagon
WASHINGTON — 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. Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who re...
By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press FULL STORY
Job deals like Carrier’s often fall short of political hype
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, it came with a cost to state taxpayers of about $7 million in tax breaks and grants. Similar jobs-for-subsidies deals are struck nearly every day around the country by ...
By David A. Lieb The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump, backers ask courts to halt or block recounts in three state
LANSING, Mich. — President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump speaks with Taiwan’s president, risking China tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan — President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China. It is highly unusual, probably unprecedented, for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island the U.S. broke...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
State treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking
LOS ANGELES — California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state’s projected $7 billion marijuana industry can participate in the nation’s banking system while pot remains illegal under U.S. law. California voters last month appro...
By Michael R. Blood The Associated Press FULL STORY
A tip sheet for workers and workplaces where pot is legal
BOSTON — Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers seem to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on t...
By Bob Salsberg The Associated Press FULL STORY
Philippines President Duterte calls Trump
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called U.S. President-elect Donald Trump late Friday and had a brief but “very engaging, animated conversation” in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country. In a video released by Duterte’s close a...
By Jim Gomez The Associated Press FULL STORY
Libya’s Tripoli has worst militias clashes in two years
BENGHAZI, Libya — Clashes continued for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, vying for power and control over the city, with one dislodging another in at least two posts, a five-star hotel and a barracks, in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence th...
By Rami Musa The Associated Press FULL STORY

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