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Trump selects Rex Tillerson to lead State Department, dismisses ties to Putin

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman’s close ties with Russia, two people close to Trump’s transition said Monday night.

Prosecutor wants killer of ex-Saints player Will Smith to serve 60-year sentence

New Orleans’ district attorney said he’ll seek 60 years in prison for the man who killed New Orleans Saints star Will Smith — the maximum 40 years for manslaughter, plus another 20 years for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith’s wife.

Venezuela shuts border with Columbia to fight currency smuggling

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the closure of the border with Colombia for 72 hours in a crackdown on currency smuggling by what he says are “mafias” trying to destabilize the socialist-run economy.

Orlando remembers victims of Pulse nightclub shooting 6 months later — VIDEO

Relatives, friends and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre stood outside Pulse where candles were lit behind stars with the names of each of the 49 patrons who were killed, as they remembered the six-month anniversary on Monday of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Winter storm hammers Midwest, more to come

In a “slap of reality” after a mild November, winter arrives in the Midwest with a blast of cold fury.