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NEW YORK (AP) — His inauguration is still six weeks away, but Donald Trump is serving notice that he's ready to jump in and start making decisions. He told reporters today that the government should cancel its multi-billion-dollar order for new Air Force One presidential planes. Trump says the costs for the two Boeing 747s are "totally out of control." The planes are supposed to go into service around 2024. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The man chosen by Donald Trump to be the new secretary of defense will be appearing with Trump this evening at the second stop of Trump's "thank you" tour, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. At a rally last week in Ohio, Trump surprised his own aides by announcing that he had chosen retired Gen. James Mattis for the Pentagon post.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have been wavering between small gains and losses. Energy companies slumped today as the price of crude oil turned lower after a four-day rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped after setting a record high close the day before.
HARVEY, La. (AP) — The man who police say fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight near New Orleans last week has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter. Ronald Gasser had initially been released last week without charges pending further investigation of McKnight's death. Authorities say the shooting was the result of an apparent road rage incident. They say when deputies arrived, Gasser handed them his gun and confessed to killing McKnight. A sheriff is defending last week's release of Gasser, saying it was for strategic investigative reasons and because authorities needed to talk to witnesses.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens (GRY'-tens). And Greitens says it's a good thing police got to them before he did. He and his wife Sheena spoke to reporters today. Sheena Greitens was robbed at gunpoint yesterday while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis. She was unharmed. Police say the suspects also stole a car, used it in another attempted robbery and broke into another car. The suspects are ages 14, 15 and 19.
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