US adds 156K jobs; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

Classified report on Russia, election hacking going to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top intelligence officials are making their most detailed and persuasive case yet to President-elect Donald Trump that Russia interfered in this year's U.S. political process.

  • Written by JULIE PACE and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Police: Beating on video began after friendly encounter

CHICAGO (AP) — The two 18-year-old men had been schoolmates, police say. After meeting at McDonald's, they spent two days together, driving around visiting friends. Then a pretend fight escalated into a brutal beating of one of the men, a mentally disabled teenager, in an attack that stirred racial tensions and outrage after being broadcast on Facebook Live.

  • Written by CARLA K. JOHNSON and DON BABWIN , Associated Press

Winter storm: South braces for snow, sleet and freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panicked shoppers emptied shelves of bread and milk, road workers began working 12-hour shifts, and governors in Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergencies ahead of a winter storm stalking the South.

  • Written by TOM FOREMAN Jr. , Associated Press