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Congress is likely to vote on legislation clearing the path for Mattis as soon as January 20, Trump's inauguration day, according to a congressional aide who asked not to be named because the decision hasn't been made official. Mattis, the former commander of United States Central Command, retired in 2013. Litjens said Mattis represents an important shift from military leadership under Barack Obama's administration.
  • Troopers find body believed to be that of missing teen

    Troopers find body believed to be that of missing teen

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    Alaska State Troopers believe they have found the remains of David Grunwald, almost three weeks after the Mat-Su teen went missing. A vigil was held for Grunwald on Saturday in Palmer. Alaska State Troopers are asking residents and business owners in the Palmer and Wasilla area to check any surveillance camera video they have from 6 p.m.
  • Judge orders Michigan recount to begin at noon Monday

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    However, Jill Stein of the Green Party said the party would petition for a recount in MI along with pushing for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. They deadlocked along party lines Friday, which meant the recount would proceed . Late Sunday evening, Attorney General Bill Schuette also made a filing in federal court in relation to Stein's suit, arguing Stein is not entitled to a recount under the federal Constitution.
  • Italian PM Matteo Renzi Resigns After a Failed Referendum

    Italian PM Matteo Renzi Resigns After a Failed Referendum

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    Germany is "concerned" by the government crisis in Italy sparked by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following his referendum defeat, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday (Dec 5). Renzi previously vowed to step down if the vote is negative. The latest exit polls showed that nearly 60 percent of voters opposed constitutional changes with around 45 percent in favor.
  • Russia 'Bears Responsibility' for Destruction of Hospitals in Aleppo

    Russia 'Bears Responsibility' for Destruction of Hospitals in Aleppo

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    Syria's military and Russia's air force had paused their bombardment of eastern Aleppo, except for on the frontlines, for two weeks after a month-long offensive from late September to late October, but recommenced strikes on Tuesday. "This is a violation of our sovereignty", the Syrian FM said in a press conference in Damascus after a meeting with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura .
  • Turkey loses soldier near Syria's Al-Bab

    Turkey loses soldier near Syria's Al-Bab

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    Turkey's major military confrontations in Syria have come as a result of challenging the Kurdish forces , though Assad and Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan have long maintained an acrimonious relationship. The wounded soldiers were transferred to hospitals in the Turkish border provinces of Kilis and Gaziantep, they said. US troops are part of a multinational effort to fight the Islamic State group in the region.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline to be rerouted

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    But demonstrators say they're prepared to stay, and authorities say they won't forcibly remove them. In September, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior announced a temporary halt on pipeline construction after initial police violence against protesters generated widespread public outrage.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan says election was fair, no evidence of fraud

    House Speaker Paul Ryan says election was fair, no evidence of fraud

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    University of MI professor J. Alex Halderman, who has publicly questioned the security of voting machines in MI and other states since the 2016 election concluded, joined the Stein campaign at its Wednesday press conference. Michigan's recount could start as early as Friday, though a challenge to the recount by Trump could delay it. Trump's victory is highly unlikely to be reversed in any of the states.
  • Mayfield leads Oklahoma to win in Big 12 Championship

    Mayfield leads Oklahoma to win in Big 12 Championship

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    Oklahoma fullback Dimitri Flowers (36) is tackled by Oklahoma State cornerback Ramon Richards (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. "This past year has been filled with a lot of excitement", Westbrook said. This was a challenging year for different reasons that people will never understand, but I couldn't be more proud of our kids to overcome all of that.
  • Syrian rebels tell US they won't leave Aleppo

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    The Syrian army on Sunday ordered rebels in Aleppo to leave the city or face "inevitable death", as a series of airstrikes on the neighboring Idlib province killed at least 50 people, including several children. Global leaders are now scrambling to find a political solution to the war, which has now killed an estimated 600,000 people, according to the UN. Following lengthy negotiations with a highly resistant Russian Federation, the UN Security Council will Monday vote on a text - ...
  • Morristown man among those missing in Oakland, Calif., warehouse fire

    Morristown man among those missing in Oakland, Calif., warehouse fire

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    Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward, Calif. At least one minor has been found, a 17-year-old, but Kelly says he anticipates "a couple of minors" being victims of the fire. The Satya Yuga Collective, one of two groups affiliated with the space, advertised it as a location for anyone with an open mind. She had a falling out with Almena when she convinced Allison's parents and sister about a year ago that the warehouse was a risky place for the couple's three children to live.