Trump says Romney still in mix for secretary of state

NEW YORK (AP) — Now Person of the Year as well as president-elect, Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to select his secretary of state next week and former rival Mitt Romney still has a chance to win the post.

"Yes, he does," Trump told NBC's "Today."

Report says Dole facilitated Trump call with Taiwan's leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last week's telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan's president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by former Sen. Bob Dole acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Judge temporarily blocks Rauner from imposing contract terms

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.

Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an "honor" even as he derided the idea that he'll lead "the Divided States of America."

Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. so the power giant can keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and the Quad Cities.

Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander — the latest gain in a massive military operation now its seventh week.

Lawmakers wrapping up work, eyeing the exits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are boosting anti-terror and disaster aid accounts and are greasing the way for retired Gen. James Mattis to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of defense as they race toward adjourning the battle-scarred Congress.

The latest: Michigan board delays decision on ending recount

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The Michigan elections board will wait to decide whether to end the state's presidential recount until it sees what a federal judge does.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff; 48 people aboard

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday with 48 people on board, apparently killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said.

The latest: Trump to campaign for Louisiana candidate

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

10:50 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is set to campaign for the Republican candidate for Senate in Louisiana ahead of that state's run-off election.

Transition officials said Wednesday that Trump will travel to Baton Rouge on Friday to campaign for John Kennedy.