Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite harsh winter weather and a tribal leaders' call to leave.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press; BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

Renzi told to stay put a bit more; foes press for vote

ROME (AP) — Calls mounted rapidly Monday from populist and other opposition leaders for quick elections in Italy, seeking to capitalize on Premier Matteo Renzi's humiliating defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.

  • Written by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Obama legacy: Handing Trump a broad view of war powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After eight years as a wartime president, Barack Obama is handing his successor an expansive interpretation of the commander in chief's authority to wage war around the globe. And that reading has continued to grow even as Obama prepares to pass control to Donald Trump.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Monday to let a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners rehire his attorneys until a verdict is reached, but to remain his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the trial moves into a penalty phase.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Man convicted in son's hot-car death gets life, no parole

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Monday sentenced a Georgia man to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

  • Written by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press