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NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has made picks for three top posts in his administration. He's appointed former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. And he's nominated Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) to head the CIA. All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama's handling of terrorism and international relations. Flynn and Sessions were active campaign supporters.

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for President-elect Donald Trump says the next president is pleased to settle the Trump University federal fraud lawsuit. He agreed to pay $25 million to resolve three lawsuits filed for real estate investors who say the school was a sham. The agreement includes no acknowledgement of fault or liability. An attorney for the students says each will get at least half of their money back and some will get complete refunds.

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Something resembling a noose has been found at the same Detroit-area school where a group of students shouted "build the wall" the day after Republican Donald Trump was elected president. The incident was posted online. The apparent noose was found today by administrators at Royal Oak Middle School in a boys' restroom. School officials and police in Royal Oak are investigating.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's consumer finance watchdog is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider last month's ruling that said the agency's structure is unconstitutional. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calls the 2-1 ruling "dramatic and unprecedented" and an override of Congress' goal to create an independent agency that protects consumers from harmful banking and lending practices. The banking industry and Republicans in Congress have fiercely opposed the agency.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A 91-year-old veteran who was dismissed from the U.S. Air Force as "undesirable" in 1948 because he's gay is suing to have his discharge status upgraded. The federal lawsuit was filed today by H. Edward Spires against the secretary of the Air Force and asks for his discharge status to be changed to "honorable." Spires says his request for an upgrade after the 2010 repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was rejected.

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