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Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office....

For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards....

McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative....

Russia sees Trump as conduit for eased sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Russia's government denies that it tampered in the U.S. election or even took sides. But now that the results are in, members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party aren't holding back....

Afghan president and Trump discuss terrorism
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation....

Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia....

The Latest: China's foreign minister reacts to Trump's call
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's leader (all times local):...

The "Two Trumps" surface in president-elect's transition
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's skeptics hope the presidency will reveal a serious side of the brash businessman. His supporters want him to keep the freewheeling style that rattled Washington....

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject - weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office....

A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's move to pack his administration with military brass is getting mixed reviews, as Congress and others struggle to balance their personal regard for the individuals he's choosing with a broader worry about an increased militarization of American policy....