CIA nominee agrees Russia tried to interfere in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA told Congress on Thursday that he accepts the findings in an intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the U.S. election with the goal of helping Trump win, even though the president-elect has been skeptical of some of the report's conclusions.

  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Kerry defends trade pact on last trip as top US diplomat

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry, making his last trip as the top U.S. diplomat, on Friday defended the 12-nation trade pact that the incoming administration said it would scrap and urged countries to refrain from provocative acts in the South China Sea.

  • Written by YVES DAM-VAN , Associated Press

Bush daughters welcome Obama's as 'former First Children'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush's daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, have penned a letter of advice to President Barack Obama's daughters days before the Obama family officially moves out of the White House.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS