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Scramble is on to find new White House chief of staff

by The Canadian Press
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, left, attends a meeting with Georgia opposition leaders in Tbilisi, Georgia. Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Nick Ayers, is right.

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Macron vows tax relief, urges calm in bid to quell protests The French flag on top of the Elysee Palace is flapping in the sky after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and local, national political leaders, unions, business leaders and others to hear their concerns after four weeks of protests, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Dec-10-2018
Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence The Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege gives his speech during the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo Town Hall, Oslo, Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Dr. Denis Mukwege of Congo and Nadia Murad of Iraq jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize recognising their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Dec-10-2018
NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space This is a handout photo from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Passadena, Calif., showing the Voyager spacecraft. NASA's Voyager 2 has become only the second human-made object to reach the space between stars. Dec-10-2018
Ship saves British sailor after storm in Southern Ocean British yachtswoman Susie Goodall sailing her Rustler 36 yacht DHL STARLIGHT on arrival at Hobart, Australia, Oct. 30, 2018, arriving in 4th place in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Dec-07-2018
Merkel ally becomes German conservative party's leader CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers her speech when running as chairwoman at the party convention of the Christian Democratic Party CDU in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Dec-07-2018
France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violence FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018 file photo, a demonstrator waves the French flag on a burning barricade on the Champs-Elysees avenue with the Arc de Triomphe in background, during a demonstration against the rise of fuel taxes. Dec-07-2018
Serena Williams launches pop-up shop during Art Basel Miami In this, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 photo, tennis players Serena Williams, left, and Caroline Wozniacki, center, chat as Wozniacki's fiance David Lee during the launch of Williams' first pop-up shop at the Faena Bazaar in Miami Beach, Fla. The 23-time Grand Slam champion not only designed all the clothing in the shop, but also painted all the art on walls, calling painting her outlet. Dec-06-2018
Alleged California serial killer to keep public defender This Aug. 23, 2018 file photo shows suspected serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo is arraigned in Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. Dec-06-2018
Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honour guard into St. Martin's Episcopal Church during a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. Dec-06-2018
Julia Roberts, more movie stars snare Golden Globe TV nods This image released by FX shows Keri Russell in a scene from "The Americans." On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Russell was nominated for a Golden Globe award for lead actress in a drama series for her role in the series. Dec-06-2018
Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon FILE - In this file photo dated March 29, 2018, the logo for social media giant Facebook, appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Dec-05-2018
Residents of California town levelled by fire can go home Jean Uno searches for heirlooms at her parent's Magalia, Calif., home, destroyed by the Camp Fire, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Uno also lost her home in Paradise during the blaze. Dec-05-2018
Presidents club assembles for Bush funeral, Trump on fringes Columba Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush attend the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. Dec-05-2018
2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, IRS FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. Dec-04-2018
Brie Larson packs punch in 'Captain Marvel' trailer FILE - In this June 13, 2018, file photo, Brie Larson arrives at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dec-04-2018
Drake dominates Apple Music as most-streamed artist in 2018 FILE - In this June 26, 2017, file photo, Canadian rapper Drake arrives for the NBA Awards in New York. Apple released its "Best of 2018" list Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, that Drake's "Scorpion" was the top album, while his hit 'God's Plan' was the most popular single. Dec-04-2018
Snowball fights now legal in Colorado town after boy's quest Range View Elementary School third grader Dane Best sits on the lap of his mother, Brooke Best, during a town board meeting where he presented his argument to change a law in Severance that bans snowball fights on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Town Hall in Severance, Colo. Dec-04-2018
After CIA briefing, senators lay blame on Saudi crown prince FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, CIA Director Gina Haspel addresses the audience in Louisville, Ky. Dec-04-2018
Sex offender settles suit, averting accusers' testimony FILE - This July 27, 2006, file photo, provided by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Jury selection is getting started in Florida in a long-running lawsuit involving Epstein, a wealthy, well-connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. Dec-04-2018
US-China trade truce sends US stocks solidly higher Trader Robert Moran, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Dec-03-2018
1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash Emergency personnel work at the scene where a charter bus that was carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, near Benton, Ark. Arkansas State Police said the bus overturned along Interstate 30 while carrying the team from Texas to Memphis, Tenn. Dec-03-2018
English couple thanks NYC police for finding lost ring In this Dec. 1, 2018 photo provided by the New York City Police Department, an engagement ring recovered by the NYPD below a Times Square utility grate is shown in New York. Dec-03-2018
Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs In this Nov. 27, 2018, photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance' in Washington. Dec-03-2018
George HW Bush flies back to capital for final salute Tiffany Utterson, right, and her children, from left to right, Ella, 11, Ian, 10 and Owen, 8, place a wreath outside the gated community entrance to the home of George H.W. Bush Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Houston. Dec-03-2018
Schwarzenegger would time travel to terminate fossil fuels Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers a speech during the opening of COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Dec-03-2018
French paramedics, students join cost-of-living protests Ambulance workers face riot police officers as they block the Place de la Concorde in Paris, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Ambulance workers took to the streets and gathered close to the National Assembly in downtown Paris to complain about changes to working conditions as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties in the wake of violent anti-government protests that have rocked Paris. Dec-03-2018
UN chief: Climate change is 'most important issue we face' Prime Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama addresses representatives of almost 200 nations during a ceremonial opening of the key U.N. climate conference COP24 that is to agree on ways of fighting global warming in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Dec-03-2018
3 astronauts dock safely at International Space Station The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques. Dec-03-2018
Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska Highway workers and spectators look at a car stuck on a section of an off-ramp that collapsed during an earthquake Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher gr Nov-30-2018
Powerful quakes buckle Alaska roads, trigger tsunami warning This photo provided by David Harper shows merchandise that fell off the shelves during an earthquake at a store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had authorities urging people to seek higher ground. Nov-30-2018
113 inmates escape from Indonesian prison during prayer time In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photo, a police officer puts up police lines outside Lambaro Prison following a jailbreak in Aceh Besar, Indonesia. More than 100 inmates escaped from the prison in western Indonesia after overpowering a guard during prayer time, police said Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Nov-30-2018
Washington's new power standoff - Trump, Pelosi In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to speak to media at Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, to announce her nomination by House Democrats to lead them in the new Congress. Nov-30-2018
Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public In this Nov. 22, 2018, photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko attend a press conference ahead of his birthday at their residence in Tokyo. Prince Akishino, Emperor Akihito's second son, celebrated his 53rd birthday on Nov. 30. Nov-30-2018
Fire-scarred California escapes large-scale rain damage Vehicles pass each other on a flooded street Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Chico, Calif. Nov-30-2018
DC clerk stalls marriage over 'foreign' New Mexico ID card In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Gavin Clarkson of Lac Cruces, N.M., speaks at the Albuquerque bureau of The Associated Press. A District of Columbia clerk refused to accept Clarkson's state driver's license for a marriage license because she and her supervisory believed New Mexico was a foreign country. Nov-30-2018
Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, left, with Oprah Winfrey, centre, and Graca Machel, Mandela's widow during a tribute to Nelson Mandela and promoting gender equality event at University of Johannesburg in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Nov-29-2018
Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen leaves Federal court, in New York. Nov-29-2018
LA joins other big cities in legalizing street vending Two vendors wait for customers on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. Nov-28-2018
Report faults safety failures, defects in Lion Air crash National Transportation Safety Committee investigator Nurcahyo Utomo holds a model of an airplane during a press conference on the committee's preliminary findings on their investigation on the crash of Lion Air flight 610, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Nov-28-2018
New Zealand halts Huawei from 5G upgrade over security fears FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, a staff member uses a laptop computer at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Nov-28-2018
Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles after shaking hands with Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., not shown, as Pompeo arrives for a closed door meeting with Senators about Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nov-28-2018
Sundance Film Festival unveils 2019 feature film slate In this combination photo, Zac Efron attends the world premiere of 'The Greatest Showman' in New York on Dec. 8, 2017, left, and serial killer Theodore Bundy appears in Tallahassee, Fla., on July 28, 1978 after being indicted on two counts of first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of burglary in the Chi Omega slaying. Efron is portraying Bundy in the Joe Berlinger film 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' which will be presented during the Sundance Film Fest Nov-28-2018
French-born diplomat claims victory in Georgia vote Salome Zurabishvili, former Georgian Foreign minister and presidential candidate, exits a polling booth as she prepares to cast her ballot during the presidential election at the polling station in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Nov-28-2018
Star Trek's interracial kiss 50 years ago heralded change This combination photo shows actor William Shatner on the set of ABC's "Boston Legal" in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2004, left, and actress Nichelle Nichols attending an all-star tribute concert for jazz icon Herbie Hancock in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2007. Nov-28-2018
Suddenly, luxury stores miss free-spending Chinese tourists The logo for Tiffany & Co. appears above a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Evidence of China's slowing economy popped up in the sales numbers posted by Tiffany & Co. Nov-28-2018
Ikea moving into city centres to adapt to consumer changes In this Thursday Nov. 22, 2018 photo, people visit a new Ikea store, in Warsaw, Poland. The store, recently opened in a city shopping mall, is part of a global strategy by the Swedish furniture chain to adapt to a changing consumer environment by opening small, accessible stores in city centers to complement the traditional large out-of-town store stores. Nov-28-2018
Another gene-edited baby may be on the way, scientist says He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Nov-28-2018
New developments put Manafort back in Russia probe spotlight FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. Nov-28-2018
'SpongeBob' creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57 FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg attends the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" in New York. Hillenburg died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 of ALS. He was 57. Nov-27-2018
Mars touchdown: NASA spacecraft survives supersonic plunge NASA officials, from left, Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, and Bruce Banerdt celebrate after the Mars landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Nov-27-2018
Kremlin warns of possible flare-up of hostilities in Ukraine The Kerch bridge span opens for the passage of ships entrance, near in Kerch, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The Ukrainian parliament is set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels. Nov-27-2018
Border clash leaves caravan migrants dejected, worried A Honduran migrant lies on the riverbank as Mexican police move away from tear gas fired by U.S. agents at the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, as a group of migrants try to pressure their way into the U.S. The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and says that he has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants who have arrived in the city. Nov-26-2018
EU endorses Brexit deal and warns: there's no better offer Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. European Union leaders are gathering to seal an agreement on Britain's departure from the bloc next year, the first time a member country will have left the 28-nation bloc. Nov-26-2018
Ukraine demands Russia release vessels as tensions build Activists attend a rally in front of the Russian embassy building in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Russia's coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine's vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy said. Nov-26-2018

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