Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) —€” People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

  • Written by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press; JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. And the unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

House pushes ahead with $611 billion defense policy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press