Escaping wildfires meant fleeing through hell-like landscape

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — With flames dripping from tree branches and the air filled with embers, thousands of people raced through a hellish landscape as they fled wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes and a resort in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Written by STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press; JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Death toll in storms sweeping South increases to 5

Possible tornadoes swept through parts of Alabama and Tennessee overnight, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen as heavy rains from storms moving across the South produced flooding in areas previously suffering from months of drought.

  • Written by BILL FULLER, Associated Press; REBECCA YONKER, Associated Press

Ordinary people trained to save lives in shootings, attacks

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — It's become a hallmark of terror attacks and school shootings: the fateful minutes or hours when the wounded are hunkered down, waiting for the violence to play out and for help to arrive.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

Trump tapping Washington, Wall Street veterans for top jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is enlisting a trio of nominees with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street to fill out his Cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury Department.

  • Written by STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press; RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JULIE PACE, Associated Press

Trump says he's leaving businesses to focus on presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press