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Washington • President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday. Pruitt, a 48-year-old Republican, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel …

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 29. 2016 file photo, Education Secretary John King speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. Fewer, better, fairer tests. The Obama administration says that’s the goal of final rules it’s released to help states and schools reduce the standardized tests students must take each year.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released
    Washington • Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school d...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis holds his assistant Sandro Mariotti’s arm as he walks down steps during his weekly general audience, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Pope Francis insists suggestion on remarried has church backing
    Vatican City • Pope Francis says the majority of the world’s bishops back his suggestion that civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, addin...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Linda McMahon talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level position. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business
    Washington • President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administra...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press)   at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, an Ohio State University official said Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File) Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio
    Columbus, Ohio • An Ohio State official says former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week. Hank Wilson with Oh...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 03:27 pm   |     |   Share


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  • President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as Mitt Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) We’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ — Trump’s promises on religion
    President-elect Donald Trump made hundreds of promises to voters during his campaign, ensuring voters he would “be the greatest jobs president that Go...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 01:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fire destroys Mormon chapel in Idaho
    Swan Valley, Idaho • A major blaze has destroyed a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Swan Valley. The Post Register reports (http:...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 01:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rescuers recover the body of a victim from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a large number of people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda) Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake
    Meureudu, Indonesia • Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a stron...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Trump teases State Dept. search, says Romney still in mix
    New York • Now Person of the Year as well as president-elect, Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to select his secretary of state next week and fo...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • A nervous Cuba awaits the Trump presidency
    Havana • Luis Reyes and his son stood as a human memorial to their fallen leader Fidel Castro in the churning Plaza de la Revolución last week. Reyes ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 09:52 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, about 30 Pearl Harbor Survivors with the ’Greatest Generation’ vets meet and greet with visitors at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Honolulu. Lt. Dawn Stankus, left, was there to help escort the Pearl Harbor survivors and Edward W. Stone, right, suddenly gave her a kiss and said I hope you don’t mind. Which Stankus said ’it was an honor to be kissed by you.’ On Wednesday, Dec. 7, thousands of servicemen and women and members of the public are expected to attend the 75th anniversary ceremony of the attack on Pearl Harbor that left more than 2,300 service people dead.  (Dennis Oda/The Star-Advertiser via AP) Crowd honors ‘gift of freedom’ at Pearl Harbor ceremony
    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii • Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pea...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pakistani media and residents gather at Benazir Bhutto International Airport following a report that a passenger plane from Chitral, in the country’s north, had crashed near a village near the town of Havelian, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Pakistan International Airlines said that the ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew lost touch with the control tower and that all resources are being mobilized. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard
    Islamabad • A plane belonging to Pakistan’s national carrier crashed on Wednesday with 48 people on board, apparently killing all of them, police and ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Trump named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
    Donald Trump has finally been named Time’s “Person of the Year.” “It’s a great honor,” the president-elect said on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday mornin...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Oct. 5, 2016 photo, distressed and dying hemlock trees are seen at Harvard University’s research forest in Petersham, Mass. Forests from New England to the West Coast are jeopardized by invasive pests that defoliate and kill trees. Scientists said the pests are driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests
    Petersham, Mass. • In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepp...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:39 am   |     |   Share
  • Textbook that says some slaves treated like family is pulled
    Norwalk, Conn. • A social studies textbook that says some slaves in Connecticut were cared for like family members is being pulled from fourth-grade c...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • US Marine pilot ejects from jet in Japan; search underway
    Tokyo • A U.S. Marine Corps pilot ejected Wednesday from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan, and search and rescue efforts were underway, the U.S. milita...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers gone since coup
    Brussels • NATO’s top military officer says that around 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance’s high command in respons...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole arrives at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The New York Times is reporting that last week’s telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by Dole acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Report says Dole facilitated Trump call with Taiwan’s leader
    Washington • Last week’s telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Zammo Marza, Sherineh Marza, Charli Kanoun and Abdo Marza, from left, kneel at the grave of Marza Marza in Saarlouis, Germany in this Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 photo. The Marza family were among 226 Assyrian Christians taken captive by the Islamic State group in a February 2015 attack on their villages in Syria’s Khabur River valley. It took a year to free the hostages, and only after three were killed and millions of dollars gathered by the Assyrian diaspora worldwide was paid to the militants, and in the end the Khabur region has been totally emptied of the tiny, centuries-old minority community. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State
    Saarlouis, Germany • The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offe...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington. Welch, who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place, fired an assault rifle inside the restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. (Sathi Soma via AP) When fake online news becomes all too real
    Washington • The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referring to Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of pizza parties. It morphed into ...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Protests expected as white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at Texas A&M
    College Station, Texas • Texas A&M University is preparing to hold an event highlighting diversity and unity at the same time a white nationalist is s...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 03:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. A military prison psychologist is refusing to recommend that Manning’s gender be officially changed to female on her Army employee-benefits file. Lawyers for the transgender solider imprisoned for leaking classified information made the assertion in a federal court filing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Washington. (U.S. Army via AP, File) Court filing: In Army’s eyes, Chelsea Manning still a man
    A military prison psychologist has refused to recommend that Chelsea Manning’s gender be changed to female in her Army service record, complicating th...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 03:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Chimpanzees recognize rear ends like people recognize faces
    Much of the headline-grabbing research about chimpanzees, humans’ closest animal relatives, is framed in terms of how good chimps are at doing things ...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • A woman offers cleansing smoke during a ceremony with military veterans and Native Americans on a closed bridge outside the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Commentary: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice
    On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. Here at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, t...
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  • US film director Martin Scorsese arrives at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Tuesday,  Nov. 29 2016. Scorsese is in Rome for the presentation of his film ’Silence’, adapted from the 1966 novel of the Japanese writer Shusaku Endo and which recounts the persecution of a group of Jesuits in the seventeenth century Japan. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP) Director Martin Scorsese discusses his meeting with a ‘disarming’ Pope Francis
    Director Martin Scorsese said his meeting in Rome with Pope Francis had both emotionally moving and lighthearted moments, with the pontiff even cracki...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 12:52 pm   |     |   Share