Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration Justice Department that emphasized the need to be "smart on crime" is being replaced with a Trump presidency that campaigned on being "tough on crime."

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

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.