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Trump names defense secretary ... 11 dead in Tennessee fires ... Buzz Aldrin hospitalized



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to be his defense secretary. Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati. Mattis is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Emergency officials say the death toll from this week's Tennessee wildfires has risen to 11. Hurricane-force winds fueled wildfires on Monday night, forcing more than 14,000 residents and tourists to evacuate the city of Gatlinburg. Several people have been charged with setting wildfires.

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Authorities are preparing to transport home the bodies of dozens of victims of this week's air tragedy in Colombia. Grief has been turning to anger over reports the airliner ran out of fuel before slamming into the Andes. Bolivian aviation officials say they're indefinitely suspending the charter company that operated the flight.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is reported in stable condition at a New Zealand hospital. The 86-year-old former astronaut was evacuated from the South Pole, which he was visiting as a tourist when he fell ill. He was flown to Christchurch from McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Ace Hardware chain is denying widely circulated reports that it was refusing to sell camping supplies to protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Protest advocates started a BoycottAceHardware hashtag after some supporters tweeted what was said to be a statement from Ace. It said stores had been asked by law enforcement to "refrain from selling material that could be used at the camps."

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