FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump said at a rally on Dec. 1, that he will nominate Mattis as defense secretary. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than a broader, more diplomatic approach.

A police officer escorts students down the street following a school lockdown at Mueller Park Junior High after a student fired a gun into the ceiling Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Bountiful, Utah. Police said two fast-acting Utah parents disarmed their son in the hallway of the Utah junior high school Thursday after the teenager brought the family's shotgun and handgun to school, discharging at least one round without injuring anyone. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Parents disarm their son who brought guns to Utah school

The mother and father arrived shortly after the boy entered a classroom in the northern Utah city of Bountiful and fired one round into the ceiling, injuring no one but leaving a hole the size of a small plate.

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White House announces support for women in military draft

President Barack Obama has been considering whether to adopt the position since last December, when Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, including the most arduous combat posts.

A damaged pool is among the remains of Creek Place Efficiencies after a wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed several people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South. The storms tore through just as firefighters began to get control of wildfires that killed multiple people and damaged or wiped out more than 700 homes and businesses around the resort town of Gatlinburg. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Death toll rises to 11 in Tennessee wildfires

A wildfire, likely started by a person, spread Monday from the Great Smoky Mountains into the tourist city of Gatlinburg when hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines, blowing embers in all directions. More than 14,000 residents and visitors in Gatlinburg were forced to evacuate and the city has been shuttered ever since.

This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo, shows the front of a 2016 Nissan Altima at a Nissan dealer, in Miami. Black Friday deals were expected to pull U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump in November 2016. General Motors' sales jumped 10 percent over last November, while Toyota's sales were up 4 percent. Nissan's sales rose 7.5 percent. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Black Friday deals lift US auto sales in November

Black Friday deals and post election confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump — and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.

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Indiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigns after 6 seasons

During an abrupt news conference, Defensive Coordinator Tom Allen was named the new head coach. There were reports that Wilson had pushed players to return from injury and Glass said the issue was looked into by a law firm hired by the university.