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AP Top Political News at 8:01 p.m. EST

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware....

Shutdown threat eases as Dems signal retreat on miners' aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners....

Wisconsin recount goes ahead, judge mulls Pennsylvania case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking....

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war....

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned....

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years....

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post....

Biden urges Canada to fight climate change despite Trump
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Canadian leaders Friday to continue to treat efforts to combat climate change urgently despite the incoming administration of Donald Trump....

The Latest: CBS to interview Trump during Army-Navy game
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank....