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WWE co-founder Linda McMahon is Trump’s pick to head Small Business Administration

Linda McMahonPresident-elect Donald Trump named former professional-wrestling executive Linda McMahon as his pick for the cabinet-level post of head of the Small Business Administration.

McMahon had met privately with Trump last week at Trump Tower. Her nomination reflects the incoming president’s penchant for reaching outside traditional political, government and business circles in staffing his administration.

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This day in history 75 years ago: Pearl Harbor attacked

Pearl Harbor attackToday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted America to become involved in World War II.

In the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was aerially attacked by more than 300 Japanese planes. The attack killed more than 2,000 U.S. military personnel and more than 50 civilians. It was a quick, unexpected attack that only took about an hour and 15 minutes.

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Donald Trump Picks Fossil Fuel-Friendly Oklahoma Attorney General To Head EPA

Scott PruittPresident-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Pruitt has been a vocal critic of EPA regulations and defender of fossil fuel interests. Lawyers for Devon Energy, one of his state’s biggest oil and gas companies, authored a letter Pruitt sent to the EPA criticizing estimates on emissions from natural gas drilling sites, The New York Times reported in 2014.

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Ohio 'heartbeat bill' abortion ban moves to governor

Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion billOhio would have the country's most restrictive abortion laws under a bill sent to Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, as leading Republicans were emboldened by the anticipation of Donald Trump's upcoming federal and Supreme court appointments.

If signed by Kasich, the so-called "heartbeat bill" would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks' gestation. The proposal would not exempt pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, but does include an exception for an abortion to save the life of the pregnant woman.

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Pfizer fined $106 million for drug price increase of 2,600% in Britain

Pfizer fined $106mBritain's antitrust regulator fined Pfizer Inc. a record $107 million Wednesday because of skyrocketing price increases for generic versions of the Epanutin anti-epilepsy drug.

The Competition and Markets Authority announced Pfizer and drug-distribution company Flynn Pharma hiked prices of the drug by up to 2,600 percent for around 48,000 patients in the country in September 2012. Pfizer had transferred distribution rights to Flynn, which sold the medicine by its generic name, phenytoin sodium. Flynn was fined $6.55 million.

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Military targets handling of misconduct cases

Ash CarterMilitary leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

Trust in the disciplinary system "is strained," the chiefs of the four military services said in a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The memo was obtained by The Associated Press.

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Trumps taps retired Marine general John Kelly for DHS

Kelly for DHSPresident-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, whose last command included oversight of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, to run the Department of Homeland Security, people close to the transition team said Wednesday.

Kelly, who joined the Marine Corps in 1970, retired earlier this year, wrapping up a final, three-year post as head of U.S. Southern Command, which spanned some of the more fractious debate over the Obama administration's ultimately failed pledge to close Guantanamo.

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Pakistan: All 48 killed in PIA PK 661 plane crash

Pakistan plane crashAll 48 people on board a Pakistani passenger plane, which crashed in the country's mountainous north, have died, the airline's chairman has confirmed.

Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) PK 661 went down on a domestic flight from the city of Chitral to the capital Islamabad on Wednesday.

"There are no survivors, no one has survived," Muhammad Azam Saigol told a press conference, about five hours after the plane crashed near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Iraqi army mistakenly bombs civilians in ISIL-held city

Iraq bombs civiliansAt least 52 people have been killed when air strikes by Iraqi forces mistakenly targeted civilians gathering in the ISIL-held western city of al-Qaim, military officials told Al Jazeera.

Dozens of other people reportedly waiting for their salaries outside an exchange facility and a livestock market were also wounded in Wednesday's air raid.

Mohammed al-Karbouli, an Iraqi member of parliament in Anbar province, said in an official statement on his Facebook page it was not the first time civilians have been bombed by the Iraqi air force.

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