Russia friend and sanctions foe, Tillerson gets his hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Friend of Russia and foe of sanctions in his corporate life, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, is an unorthodox choice for a Republican White House. He may feel perfectly at home in Trump's iconoclastic administration.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE , AP Diplomatic Writer

Black lawmakers to speak out against Sessions in hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, used strong words in the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings to deny any hints of a racist past. On day two, a group of black lawmakers will speak out against his nomination — including New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, who will take the rare step of testifying against a current Senate colleague.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Book sales suspended for Trump aide accused of plagiarism

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Monica Crowley's "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?" said Tuesday it is halting sales of the book, pending the "opportunity" for the aide to President-elect Donald Trump to revise her text.

  • Written by HILLEL ITALIE , AP National Writer

VW emissions-cheating deal could put employees in hot seat

DETROIT (AP) — The imminent criminal plea deal between Volkswagen and U.S. prosecutors in an emissions-cheating scandal could be bad news for one group of people: VW employees who had a role in the deceit or subsequent cover-up.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER and DAVID MCHUGH , AP Business Writers