Senate panel clears Tillerson's path to be secretary of state
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil Corp Chairman Rex Tillerson, narrowly won approval from a Senate committee on Monday, but is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every Republican backing the former oil executive and every Democrat opposing him.
Senate confirms Pompeo to be Trump's CIA director
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Representative Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's CIA director on Monday, after a delay tied to some lawmakers' worries he might expand surveillance or allow the use of certain interrogation techniques widely considered torture. All the opposition was from Democrats, except for Senator Rand Paul, a leading Republican advocate for strict control of surveillance. Some senators felt Pompeo, 53, had not pledged strongly enough to allow only the use of interrogation techniques included in the Army Field Manual, as required by law, rather than return to waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques," or EITs, used by the CIA in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Partner of artist colony leader sorry about deadly blaze
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The longtime partner of the founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death in a fire last month says she's sorry about what happened but is angry about what she called "pretty terrible" treatment by the media and ex-neighbors.
Trump's bridge-building eclipsed by false voter fraud claim
President Donald Trump's efforts to build bridges and push through his agenda were overshadowed again with his continued fixation on the election and more false claims. During a bipartisan reception with ...
Under fire, Polanski abandons plan to preside French OscarsPARIS (AP) ? Filmmaker Roman Polanski has decided not to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups because of decades-old U.S. sex charges.
Scandinavian carrier SAS sells domestic airline to CityJetCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Scandinavian Airlines says it will sell Cimber, the Danish domestic airline it acquired in February 2015, to Irish regional airline CityJet.
Workers dismayed by President Trump's federal hiring freezeMcLEAN, Va. (AP) ? Federal worker Greg Guthrie had held out hope after Donald Trump's election to president that his professed advocacy for the American worker would extend to the federal workforce, too.
Crews set to restore power to much Hawaii's Lanai Island
HONOLULU (AP) ? Crews were on track to restore power to most of the residents of Hawaii's Lanai Island late Monday, but people living in one small town will likely go without power overnight, Maui Electric Co. said.
NATO, Pentagon chiefs discuss military budgets, terrorism
Six more bodies found at Italy avalanche hotel
Six more bodies have been retrieved from an Italian hotel devastated by an avalanche nearly a week ago, media said Tuesday citing local authorities, with 17 people still missing. Twelve people are now confirmed to have died after disaster struck the Hotel Rigopiano in the mountains of central Italy. Italian authorities are meanwhile investigating the chain of events leading to the avalanche to see if the tragedy could have been avoided.