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NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is apparently ready to fill a couple of key positions in his administration. A transition official says he's picked Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) to be CIA director. The conservative Republican is a fierce critic of President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. The official says Trump will make the announcement this morning -- as he also announces his nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, and his selection of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be national security adviser.

BERLIN (AP) — The White House says President Barack and European leaders focused their talks today on the need to secure a diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine. On Syria, the White House says the leaders expressed grave concern about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. They're calling for humanitarian access to the city to be restored. Obama also urged his European counterparts to continue seeking solutions to common challenges with the incoming Donald Trump administration.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors look over a mixed bag of earnings from retailers. Gap plunged 10 percent after the clothing store chain said its earnings dropped almost 18 percent in the latest quarter.

BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports rivals DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to merge after months of speculation and increasing regulatory scrutiny. The deal isn't expected to be finalized until later in 2017 and still requires federal approval. Industry experts say the merger will likely raise anti-trust concerns with regulators since the companies control nearly 90 percent of the market. Company officials say the merger will help cut costs as the two fight to remain legal in states across the country.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kanye West says he didn't vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. Fan video shows West making the comments on stage at a concert in San Jose, California, last night. The announcement was mostly met with boos from the crowd. West told fans that "sometimes you might have to not get your way in order to really understand what to do in the future to be able to get your way." West has already announced his plan to run for president in 2020.

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