Lawmakers: California guardsmen won't have to repay bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have agreed to forgive the debts of thousands of California National Guard troops who had been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses. Those bonuses had been incentives for service in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago.

Syrian army presses Aleppo advance as attacks kill civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 21 civilians were killed in a wave of artillery fire in east Aleppo on Wednesday morning that struck a neighborhood crowded with people displaced from other parts of the city.

Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.

Trump confirmed the meeting on Twitter late Tuesday, promising a "Great deal for workers!"

Cubans line streets as Castro's ashes begin journey

HAVANA (AP) — To waving flags and some shouts of "Long may he live!" Fidel Castro's ashes began a four-day journey across the island Wednesday, retracing the path of his triumphant march into Havana nearly six decades ago.

U.N. further tightens North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to further tighten sanctions on North Korea in response to their fifth and largest nuclear test yet.

Death toll in storms sweeping South rises 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.

Trump says he's leaving businesses to avoid conflicts

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

Colombia probes plane crash that killed 71

LA UNION, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities on Wednesday were searching for answers to why a charter plane crashed shortly before it was to land in Medillin, killing all but six of the 77 people on board, including nearly an entire Brazilian soccer team in the midst of a storybook season.

The latest: Mnuchin says fixing roads, bridges a top goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

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The president-elect's pick for treasury secretary says federal spending on roads and bridges will be a "big priority for the administration."

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader on Wednesday despite disenchantment among some in the caucus over the party’s disappointing performance in elections earlier this month.