Trump begins backing off campaign vows on Clinton, climate

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks after his election victory, President-elect Donald Trump began backing off campaign promises Tuesday, including his hard line on climate change and his vow to jail "Crooked Hillary" Clinton that had brought thunderous "Lock her up" chants at his rallies.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

Trump chooses SC Gov Nikki Haley to be ambassador to UN

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the first woman tapped for a top-level administration post during his White House transition so far.

  • Written by JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press

Airstrike hits Mosul bridge, disrupting IS supply lines

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on Wednesday "disabled" a fourth bridge across the Tigris River in Mosul, leaving only one intact crossing in the northern Iraqi city and further disrupting the Islamic State group's supply lines.

  • Written by BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

Unusually late Hurricane Otto takes aim at Central America

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An unusually late Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean just off Central America, heading toward a possible landfall in Costa Rica, which hasn't seen such a storm since reliable record-keeping began in 1851.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

US stocks recede from record highs; drugmakers skid

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Wednesday morning after setting records the last two days. Health care companies are taking some of the biggest losses. Drugmaker Eli Lilly is plunging after a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease failed in a study. Technology stocks are also lower after HP released a weak profit forecast.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer