US official says Russia undoubtedly meddled in US election

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top intelligence official said Thursday that Russia undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call isn't within the purview of the U.S. intelligence community.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER and EILEEN SULLIVAN , Associated Press

Coast Guard: Fire extinguished on platform in Gulf of Mexico

A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday.

  • Written by JEFF MARTIN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN , Associated Press

Dueling images of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions

CAMDEN, Alabama (AP) — Senators at next week's confirmation hearing will confront competing versions of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

  • Written by BILL BARROW, KIM CHANDLER and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Dems want probe of Trump Cabinet pick over stock sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats said Thursday that the House ethics office should investigate whether stock sales by a congressman who is now one of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks broke any laws.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Trump considering plans to restructure intelligence agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is considering plans to restructure and slim down a top U.S. intelligence agency, a person familiar with the discussions said Thursday. The move comes after Trump questioned the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered with the presidential election on his behalf.

  • Written by JULIE PACE , AP White House Correspondent