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WH says Trump team clears up transition problem ... Trump dines without press ... San Francisco votes to cap short-term rentals



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Donald Trump's transition team has taken a step toward resolving the paperwork problem that's been preventing it from communicating with the Obama administration about the transfer of power. A White House spokeswoman says Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed a key document Tuesday evening. The formal transition process has been stalled since last week when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was replaced by Pence as the transition chair.

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days to have dinner. Trump spent about two hours at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from his Trump Tower residence. He made the trip after the Trump campaign had already told journalists he wouldn't be venturing out for the rest of the day. Every president and president-elect in recent memory has traveled with a pool of journalists when leaving the White House grounds.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's military says it has almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from the township of Kaikoura (ky-KOOR'-ah), which was hit hard by Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Crews have been loading some 380 people onto a navy ship, which will then travel to a port near Christchurch. A military official says another 340 people have been evacuated by helicopter since Tuesday. Some tourists have left by chartering private helicopters.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury that convicted a 21-year-old man in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop is set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether he should get the death penalty. Douglas Shine Jr. was convicted this month of opening fire inside a Warrensville Heights barber shop in 2015, killing the owner, an employee and a customer. The jury also convicted Shine of conspiring to kill a witness.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved a measure to cap Airbnb and other short-term rentals at 60 days a year. Tuesday's vote was an initial one. A second vote is needed. The proposed ordinance would apply to hosts who register their homes with the city on or after Tuesday, and it would not affect the roughly 1,700 hosts who have already registered. Those who oppose Airbnb say it encourages San Francisco's landlords to take units off the market. Hosts say they need the extra income to survive.

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