US consumer prices up moderate 0.3 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices, driven up by rising energy costs, rose moderately in December, closing out a year in which consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in five years.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Pointed questions await Trump's pick for health secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his selection as health secretary.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

DeVos: Won't dismantle public schools as education secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

  • Written by MARIA DANILOVA and JENNIFER C. KERR , Associated Press

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of tolerance and respect in an increasingly diverse United States.

  • Written by STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press