People leave the funeral services for Noah Pozner in Fairfield, Connecticut December 17, 2012. Pozner,6, was the youngest victim of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Woman indicted in threats to father of Sandy Hook victim

By Susan Svrluga, Washington Post on Dec. 08, 2016, at 9:19 a.m.
A woman was charged with making death threats to the father of a boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.
A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Sept. 30, 2014.

Survey: US transgender people harassed in public restrooms

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:54 a.m.
Nearly 60 percent of transgender Americans have avoided using public restrooms for fear of confrontation, saying they have been harassed and assaulted.

SC boy heartbroken after Santa tells him to ‘lay off the hamburgers and french fries’

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:49 a.m.
“I was crying until I went to bed that night.”

US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

By Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:44 a.m.
For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States.

Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:01 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa’s governor as U.S. ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements.

Soldier dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan suicide bombing

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, The Washington Post on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7 a.m.
U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Allan Brown died Tuesday, nearly a month after he was wounded during a suicide bombing at Bagram air base in northeastern Afghanistan.

Supreme Court denies DeLorme hearing on $6.2M penalty

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
Digital and print mapmaker DeLorme will not get a hearing before the nation’s top court.
Railroad tank cars are unloaded on a loop track at a refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, in 2013.

With Dakota Access Pipeline in limbo, more Bakken crude to move on trains

By Liz Hampton, Reuters on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Shippers who expected to see another 570,000 barrels of daily Bakken pipeline capacity in 2017 will have to find new ways to move supply.
An iPhone 7 is displayed in a store in London, Britain October 4, 2016.

Supreme Court orders new look at Apple’s award from Samsung

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Apple might not be entitled to Samsung’s entire profit on 11 infringing smartphones.
The Pentagon

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward, Washington Post on Dec. 06, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations.
Ben Carson and Donald Trump speak during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. August 25, 2016.

After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump’s offer to head housing department

By Doina Chiacu and Diane Bartz, Reuters on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:34 a.m.
Ben Carson overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect’s nomination.
Veterans march with activists near Backwater Bridge just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016.

Sioux chief asks pipeline protesters to disband

By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester, Reuters on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
“The people who are supporting us … they can return home and enjoy this winter with their families. Same with law enforcement.”
A male yearling moose walks along the shore of a pond in the Moosehead Lake Region in this June 2016 file photo.

Moosehead Brewery tells NH beer maker Mooselick Brewing to change name

By Isaac Stein, The Keene Sentinel on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:04 p.m.
Moosehead Brewery has several registered U.S. trademarks, including the word “moose” in alcoholic beverages and any moose image pertaining to the alcoholic beverage industry.

Aetna starts bid to salvage Humana deal in antitrust trial

By Andrew Harris and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
Aetna Inc.’s proposal to salvage its $37 billion takeover of Humana Inc. by selling assets to a smaller company isn’t convincing the Justice Department, which told a federal judge that the remedy poses risks for seniors who depend on Medicare.

McDonald’s revamps $4 billion McCafe brand to challenge Starbucks

By Leslie Patton, Bloomberg on Dec. 05, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
McDonald’s Corp., losing ground in its battle for the nation’s coffee drinkers, is planning to shake up its McCafe brand — part of a bid to challenge Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts.
A FairPoint sign can be seen in Bangor in this August 2014 file photo.

Consolidated Communications to buy FairPoint in $1.5 billion deal

By Reuters on Dec. 05, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. said on Monday it would buy broadband service provider FairPoint Communications Inc.

Alice Drummond, character actress known for ‘Awakenings’ and ‘Dark Shadows,’ dies at 88

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on Dec. 05, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.

Peng Chang-kuei, credited as creator of General Tso’s chicken, dies at 97

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:06 a.m.
"Water protectors" at the Oceti Sakowin camp celebrate a decision Sunday to deny a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

By Ernest Scheyder and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 6:26 p.m.
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision,” said Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally as part of his "Thank You Tour 2016" in Cincinnati, Dec. 1, 2016.

Trump warns that companies that offshore jobs will face 35 percent tariff

By Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post on Dec. 04, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Trump declared that he intends to incentivize businesses to stay in America by lowering corporate taxes and slashing regulations, two key components of his economic agenda.