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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline says the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to force the company to reroute the pipeline away from a tribal water source in North Dakota was politically motivated. The Corps refused yesterday to grant Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe argues the pipeline would threaten its water source and cultural sites.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's latest Cabinet pick is former campaign rival Ben Carson, who Trump wants to be his secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump says in a statement that he's "thrilled to nominate" Carson, describing the retired neurosurgeon as having "a brilliant mind." Carson has been both loyal and critical of Trump, saying at one point he would have preferred a scenario other than Trump winning the Republican nomination.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court has begun hearing a landmark case that will decide who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union — the government or Parliament. The legal battle has major constitutional implications for the balance of power between the legislature and the executive, and has inflamed Britain's already raw wound over how and whether to leave the EU following the Brexit vote.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge is scheduled today to sentence a Georgia man convicted of murder after his young son died in a hot SUV. Justin Harris was convicted by a jury last month of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Malice murder carries a sentence of life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole.

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it has shut down a fake embassy in Ghana's capital that operated for "about a decade," issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas to West Africans. Authorities recovered 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the U.S., India, South Africa and the European Schengen zone. State Department officials say the scheme was orchestrated by "Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings" as well as a Ghanaian attorney.

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