Trump a winner in spending bill; retired miners out of luck

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for defense secretary can serve.

  • Written by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

Union president Jones challenges Trump on Carrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state.

  • Written by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

Investigators to look at electrical system in Oakland fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

  • Written by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press; SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press