TRUMP PICKS BIL­LION­AIRE FOR ARMY POST

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palm beach, fla.» Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Mon­day tapped an­other bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man for an ad­min­is­tra­tion job, nam­ing Army vet­eran and fel­low New Yorker Vin­cent Vi­ola to be his sec­re­tary of the Army.

Vi­ola is a West Point grad­u­ate who joins a list of for­mer mil­i­tary men cho­sen for the Cabi­net. Trump’s picks for de­fense sec­re­tary, home­land se­cu­rity sec­re­tary, na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser and deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser are re­tired mil­i­tary.

U.N. ap­proves Aleppo mon­i­tors as evac­u­a­tions from city pro­ceed. The

lead­ers of Rus­sia and Iran, mil­i­tary al­lies of Syria’s pres­i­dent, talked Mon­day about join­ing forces to reach a quick po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment in Syria, as the coun­try’s largest city, Aleppo, was poised to re­turn to full gov­ern­ment con­trol.

Syr­ian state TV said it ex­pected the evac­u­a­tion of thou­sands of civil­ians and fight­ers from the last op­po­si­tion footholds in Aleppo to be com­pleted by early Tues­day.

As more peo­ple left the city, the U.N. Se­cu­rity coun­cil ap­proved a com­pro­mise French-Rus­sian res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the im­me­di­ate de­ploy­ment of U.N. mon­i­tors to watch over the evac­u­a­tion and “the well-be­ing of civil­ians” re­main­ing in the city.

Scots threaten to quit U.K. if forced out of EU.

Scot­land will hold a new ref­er­en­dum on sep­a­ra­tion from the U.K. un­less it can stay in the Euro­pean Union sin­gle mar­ket, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon will warn this week, adding to the pres­sure on Theresa May as the U.K. premier draws up plans for Brexit.

Vot­ers in Scot­land chose to stay in the EU in June’s ref­er­en­dum.

Judge who sen­tenced for­mer Stan­ford swim­mer to six months cleared of mis­con­duct

B san fran­cisco» A judge was cleared of mis­con­duct Mon­day for sen­tenc­ing a for­mer Stan­ford Univer­sity swim­mer to six months in jail for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing an un­con­scious woman on cam­pus, a pun­ish­ment de­cried as too le­nient by crit­ics across the coun­try. There was no ev­i­dence that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Per­sky dis­played bias in his treat­ment of Brock Turner, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mis­sion on Ju­di­cial Per­for­mance.

Al­co­hol poi­son­ing death toll in Rus­sian city rises to 49 B

irkutsk, rus­sia» The death toll from al­co­hol poi­son­ing in a Siberian city has risen to at least 49 on Mon­day af­ter the vic­tims con­sumed a coun­ter­feit lo­tion con­tain­ing deadly methanol. The sale of lo­tions and tinc­tures con­tain­ing al­co­hol has risen in re­cent years as Rus­sia has plunged into re­ces­sion un­der the im­pact of Western sanc­tions and a slide in oil prices. Poi­son­ings caused by cheap sur­ro­gate al­co­hol are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, but the Irkutsk case was un­prece­dented in its scale.

Poker pro, friend must re­pay $10.1 mil­lion to casino in cheat­ing case

B at­lantic city, n.j.» Poker pro Phil Ivey and a com­pan­ion must re­turn more than $10 mil­lion they won from an At­lantic City casino while play­ing cards that were ar­ranged in a cer­tain way to give the play­ers an edge.

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