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Senate likely averts government shutdown

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. at night. (Getty Images)Democrats drop their objections to the spending bill after taking the debate right to the brink before a midnight deadline.



Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia. (Amr Nabil/AP)The president-elect shut down firms that appeared connected to a possible venture there, corporate documents show.



Trump's worrisome attacks on private citizens

Donald Trump speaks to supporters on Kiawah Island, S.C. (Matt Rourke/AP)A longtime union chief and a 19-year-old woman got menacing phone calls after the president-elect went after them on Twitter.



Consumer confidence at a high after Trump win

Trump's victory has consumer confidence near a 12-year high. (Alan Diaz/AP)It surges on the initial reaction to the president-elect's surprise win and relief the election is over, experts say.



School to build first on-campus firing range

The National Armory gun store and gun range in Pompano Beach, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)Liberty University is seeking a permit to build a full-scale, National Rifle Association-approved facility.



GOP pursues massive cuts to Social Security

GOP pursuing massive cuts to Social Security. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)A Republican from Texas introduces a bill that would slash benefits and raise the retirement age.



Trump crowd boos when he praises Obama

Donald Trump (Getty Images)The president-elect's praise for Barack Obama is greeted with boos and awkward silence at a rally in Louisiana.



Giuliani won't be a part of Trump's Cabinet

Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images)The former mayor withdrew his name from consideration as secretary of state or any other White House role.



The many generals of Trump's cabinet

The many generals of Trump's Cabinet. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Carolyn Kaster/AP, Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Carolyn Kaster/AP )The president-elect appointed two retired Marine officers and an Army officer to key positions in his administration.



Transportation Dept. considers in-flight calls

Transportation Department considers in-flight calls. (Getty Images)Here's a potential new reality on planes: Listening to another passenger chatting on a mobile phone.



Roof laughs during shooting confession

FILE - In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)Dylann Roof's videotaped interview following the attack on a historic black church was shown Friday during his death penalty trial.



Potential Trump pick on sharing 'fake news'

Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller (Time)"If it’s thought-provoking, I’ll put it up there and let the readers decide," said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.



Obama calls for election hacking review

President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool)U.S. officials have said they're "confident" that election-related cyber attacks were directed by the Russian government.



Syrian civilians leave rebel area in Aleppo

Syrian Arab Red Crescent carrying a patient on stretcher out of a medical facility. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Noor Hazouri/AP)Rebel defenses have collapsed after a wide-ranging government offensive and an intensive aerial campaign.



Fewer adults earn more than their parents did

Fewer adults earn more than their parents did. (Getty Images)"My parents thought that one thing about America is that their kids could do better than they were able to do," said one of the researchers.



Trump's campaign spent less than Clinton's

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence react to supporters during a rally, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new reports.



Defense Secretary Carter visits Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan. (AP)"America is ... committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan," Ash Carter said during his surprise trip to the country.



Clinton decries rise of fake news in first speech since loss

Hillary Clinton (Reuters)In her first speech since losing the election, Hillary Clinton warns that false reports can have “real-world consequences.”



Trump pick Linda McMahon's WWE history

Linda McMahon (Yahoo News)President-elect Donald Trump selected the former World Wrestling Entertainment executive to run the Small Business Administration.



All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

John Glenn (Reuters)Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, but he was not the celebrity that John Glenn was.



South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

South Korea impeaches scandal-hit president (Reuters)South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a stunning fall for the country's first female president.



Alabama executes man convicted of killing store clerk

Alabama executes man convicted of killing store clerkRonald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than two decades ago.



Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Oakland warehouse fire (Getty Images)The illegally occupied building where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze may not have been checked for fire hazards.



Labor pick's 2013 remark at odds with Trump

Trump’s pick as labor secretary: Legalizing immigrants is ‘the right thing to do’Andrew Puzder, chosen to lead the Labor Department, defended immigration reform three years ago.



Muslim leaders worried by some Trump choices

Muslim leaders call on Trump to reject anti-Muslim administration appointmentsThe president-elect is asked to reject anti-Muslim policies he touted and reconsider appointments that will bring Islamophobic attitudes.



Tributes pour in for John Glenn

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 29, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former astronaut John Glenn during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)In 1962 the late astronaut became the first American to orbit the Earth,  helping jump-start the nation's space program.



Trump's EPA pick called 'a 4-alarm fire'

‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pickReaction is swift to the selection of Scott Pruitt, a denier of mainstream climate science, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.



Dylann Roof's mother suffers a heart attack

FILE - In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The mother of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting defendant collapsed during statements Wednesday, his attorney said in court documents.



House hurriedly passes stopgap funding bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Cliff Owen/AP)With the prospect that the federal government could close at midnight Friday, the measure was approved 326-96.



Former senator, astronaut John Glenn dies at 95

Legendary astronaut John Glenn dies at 95The former space explorer and U.S. senator made history in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth.



Broadwell breaks silence after Petraeus affair

Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell in 2011. (ISAF/Getty Images)Five years after her involvement with the former CIA director, Paula Broadwell is speaking out.



Life expectancy declines in the U.S.

This Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows a room inside a funeral home in Saginaw, Mich. According to a study by the government released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, life expectancy in the United States has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years. (Katy Kildee/The Saginaw News - MLive.com via AP)In most years since World War II, rates have inched up, thanks to medical advances, among improvements.



Fast-food exec picked as labor secretary

Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. (Reuters)Sources say Trump will nominate Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's chains.



Trump: I'll negotiate Air Force One deal

Air Force One departs Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)The president-elect follows up criticism of the planes' cost by saying he'll engage with Boeing directly for any replacement fleet.



Youth vaping a public health threat

Surgeon general says youth vaping is a public health threat. (Getty Images)The U.S. surgeon general said in a new report that e-cigarettes are not harmless and too many teenagers are using them.



Union leader won't back down on Trump

Donald Trump (Gerry Broome/AP)Chuck Jones says he started getting threats after Donald Trump slammed him on Twitter.



Traded insults before, now pleasantries

Donald Trump and Barack Obama (Getty Images)The president-elect and the president are striking a tone many did not expect just a few months ago.



D.C. pizzeria gunman speaks out

Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Edgar Maddison Welch, who has admitted to opening fire inside Comet Ping Pong, says he "just wanted to do some good."



Trump just got friendlier toward China

Trump ChinaTrump's pick, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, is steeped in the importance of trade and the ways it benefits Americans.



What’s Trump’s agenda? Newt has some ideas

Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich (Getty Images)“The first challenge in governing is to not blow up,” says former House speaker Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump’s closest allies.