Perry would bring oil industry ties to Energy Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Energy secretary, has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing to get government approval for the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota.

  • Written by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle tainted peanut butter case

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A ConAgra subsidiary pleaded guilty Tuesday and agreed to pay $11.2 million — including the largest criminal fine ever imposed for a foodborne illness in the United States — to resolve a decade-long criminal investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak blamed on tainted peanut butter.

  • Written by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

With Tillerson, Trump keeps betting big on business leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — In selecting Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump is making the same bet he asked voters to make on him: that a track record of business accomplishment will translate into success in government.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

Prosecutors ask judge to allow Cosby's accusers to testify

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby used his fame to gain the trust of women before knocking them out with pills and drinks so he could sexually assault them, prosecutors argued Tuesday as they sought to persuade a judge to allow 13 of his accusers to testify in his upcoming sexual assault trial.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press; MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

Prosecutors give timeline of accused church shooter actions

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Through a dozen witnesses on Tuesday, federal prosecutors reconstructed the activities of Dylann Roof in the months leading up to night he went to a black Charleston church and shot nine members to death during a Bible study session.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press