-- President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Trump calling it quote "a tremendous honor".
-- Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General and Environmental Protection Agency critic Scott Pruitt as his pick to run the EPA. The pick has been blasted by Democrats and environmental groups, with one group saying quote, "putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop."
-- Trump named former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon as his pick to lead the Small Business Administration. McMahon, who met with the president-elect at Trump Tower last week, was the co-founder and former chief executive officer of the WWE franchise. She unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.
GA OFFICER KILLED
One police officer is dead, and another officer is in critical condition after a shooting near Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday. The officers — one with the local police department and one with the school — were called to a domestic dispute off campus when they encountered the suspect, said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr, 25, was dispatched to the apartment complex -- at the same time Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jodi Smith, who responded as backup. Gunshots were exchanged between the officers and the suspect, 32-year-old Minguel Kennedy Lembrick, and both officers were shot. Smarr died from his injuries, while Smith was taken to the hospital in very critical condition. Lembrick is still on the loose and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
SC POLICE STABBING
A deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call. Authorities say an escaped inmate, 47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson, is the suspect. State Department of Corrections spokesman Dexter Lee told ABC News ,"It's a strong belief in law enforcement that it's the same person. Of course that part of the investigation continues as well but it's the belief at this point that it is him." Williamson was a serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill before he escaped prison in McCormick.
TN WILDFIRE CHARGES
Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Officials offered few other specifics about how they think the two started a fire that leveled buildings into charred scraps, carving a deadly path through the Gatlinburg area.
SC SHOOTER TRIAL
Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old accused of killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, stood over his victims, shooting them over and over again, the prosecution argued on day one of Roof's federal trial. The prosecution's opening statement saying Roof "wrote a manifesto that he wanted to be read around the world," that Roof "claimed white superiority... His manifesto was a call to arms. A belief that it was not too late take this country back from black Americans."
The rigorous search for bodies in the rubble of a fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, California, concluded Wednesday, with the death toll remaining at 36, police said. Authorities will begin reopening the street on which the charred structure is located around 3:30 p.m. local time, according to the Oakland Police Department. Although crews have finished their search for victims, investigators are still working to find the cause of the blaze an official briefed on the investigation told ABC News that a refrigerator is being eyed as the "possible" point of origin.
Residents in North Dakota are still digging themselves out of their homes after a severe blizzard swept through the state earlier this week. Authorities in Minot, North Dakota, issued a travel advisory to community members because of the treacherous weather conditions. The Minot International Airport reopened this morning after closing for nearly 12 hours because of snow and strong winds.
The historic old city of Aleppo has been re-taken by Syrian forces, according to the government and a watchdog group. The Old City is a UNESCO world heritage site that contains the ancient souk and the famous Citadel. Syrian soldiers battling rebels in the eastern part of the city have taken back 75% of the territory they once controlled in this vital city. The rebels have called for a humanitarian ceasefire which has so far been rejected.
LA BOMB SCARE
A dozen lanes of traffic and the Gold-Line light rail was closed for more than an hour because of a suspicious package on the 210 Freeway through Pasadena. LA County Sheriff department's bomb squad sent a robot to investigate the package which turned out to be a jacket. nerves are high in LA a day after a threat to attack the city's subway put public safety officials on high alert.