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Trump picks labor secretary, heads west to meet OSU victims
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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....

The Latest: Union head defends local leader in Trump spat
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation's fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats....

Union president Jones challenges Trump on Carrier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs....

Trump expected to pick Puzder for Labor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 labor secretary....

The Latest: House backs spending bill, Senate fate unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times EST):...

You're Hired? Inside the interviews as Trump picks Cabinet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question....

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's new promise to "work something out" for young immigrants is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths....

Trump settles on Oklahoma's attorney general to lead EPA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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."...

US official: 50,000 Islamic State killed in wars to date
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. military official for the first time says the U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria....

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