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7 things to know now: Tornadoes kill 3; Clinton's surprise appearance; Romney dinner
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7 things to know now: Tornadoes kill 3; Clinton's surprise appearance; Romney dinner

7 things to know now: Tornadoes kill 3; Clinton's surprise appearance; Romney dinner
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Reince Priebus, incoming White House Chief of Staff, President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean Georges restaurant, November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

7 things to know now: Tornadoes kill 3; Clinton's surprise appearance; Romney dinner

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Tornado kills 3: Three people were killed when a tornado hit the town of Rosalie, Ala., overnight. The National Weather Service said that twister was one of 27 reported on Tuesday across the Southeast. One tornado slammed into a 24-hour daycare center injuring four children and several workers near the town of Ider, Ala. In Tennessee, the wildfires that have destroyed homes and businesses have also taken at least four lives.

2. Trump to Indiana: President-elect Donald and vice president-elect Mike Pence will travel to Indiana Wednesday to meet with officials of the Carrier Corp. after the company announced that they reached a deal with Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the state. The agreement, confirmed by Trump on Twitter, will keep the jobs in Indiana that had been slated to be moved overseas.

3. Recount, but not by hand: A judge in Wisconsin has rejected a lawsuit by former Green Party candidate Jill Stein that asked that the presidential election recount be conducted by hand. The recount of Wisconsin’s 25 million votes is set to begin Thursday. The judge ruled that each of the 72 country clerks in the state may decide for themselves how to count the ballots, because Stein failed to show evidence of fraud in the election and did not meet the state’s legal standard to ban the use of ballot machines in a recount.

4. Michelle’s out: President Barack Obama says there’s little chance his wife would be interested in going into politics when they leave the White House. Michelle Obama will be “very active” in grass-roots progressive causes, the president told Rolling Stone in an interview that was conducted the day after the election. “Michelle will never run for office,” Obama said. “She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

5. Mitt and Donald’s dinner: Mitt Romney had kind words to say for his one-time foe, president-elect Donald Trump after a dinner with Trump in New York on Tuesday. Romney, who is being considered for the position of secretary of State under Trump, told reporters, "I happen to think that America's best days are ahead of us. I think you're going to see America continue to lead the world in this century." No word from Trump after the dinner.

And one more

Hillary Clinton was a surprise presenter at a UNICEF event Tuesday night that honored singer Katy Perry. Clinton gave Perry the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for charitable work with the organization. Clinton was not listed as a presenter prior to the event, and surprised the audience when she took the stage. She received a sustained standing ovation from the crowd. Perry was a staunch supporter of Clinton during the campaign.  

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  • Responding to concerns about personal security for lawmakers after last week’s gun attack at a Congressional baseball practice, U.S. House leaders are moving to provide extra money to members for protection back home, as well as new funding to bolster the work of police and security officials on Capitol Hill. Under a plan approved by a House spending subcommittee on Friday, the Congress would provide an extra $7.5 million next year to the Capitol Police for an “increased security posture” around the Capitol, along with $5 million to the House Sergeant at Arms to help with security for lawmakers back in their districts. “We are taking a new fresh look at security,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), the Chairman of subcommittee that deals with funding for the Legislative Branch. Our FY18 Legislative Branch funding bill increases efficiency & transparency in Congress, enhances security for Members & our constituents. pic.twitter.com/FI36tF2XeH — Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) June 22, 2017 “The tragic events of June 14 weigh heavily on these deliberations,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which could vote on the extra money as early as this next week. Also being put into motion is a separate plan to funnel an extra $25,000 to each member of the House – about $11 million in all – to help them increase security back in their districts. “The scariest part for us is there used to be this impression by the public that we all had security everywhere we went,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). “Now, everyone knows that isn’t the case,” Ryan added, as he lent his support to the extra funding for security as well. The money in this budget bill would not take effect until the new fiscal year – which starts October 1 – so, House leaders are ready to okay extra money immediately for members worried about security back in their districts. Roll Call newspaper reported that could be approved in coming days by the House Administration Committee. Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well. “Pending an FEC (Federal Election Commission) decision, we’re also looking at whether campaign funds could be used to continue to support security upgrades at personal residences,” Yoder added.
  • An unknown aged girl went to the hospital with burns to her legs, following an overnight house fire. KRMG’s told the fire started around 2:40 a.m., at a residence on West 50th Court North. The homeowner says he was able to get his daughter, grand daughter and sleeping brother out of the house. So far, firefighters haven't released a cause for the fire.  The homeowner believes fumes from a gas can in the garage may have cause the blaze.   
  • Multiple people had to be rescued early Saturday morning in Rogers County. OTEMS paramedics report a boat started to sink on Oologah Lake just after midnight. “Additional information was received that the boat had its nose in the air, four individuals were in the water, and only one was wearing a PDF (personal flotation device),” an official said. “A Rogers County Deputy spotted what might be the boat south of Winganon Bridge but was unable to determine the precise location. However it was located by the Northwest Water Rescue unit and at 0048 hours the rescue boat reported that it had located the victims and was loading the fourth individual into the boat.” KRMG’s told the victims were hanging onto the hull when they were found. So far, no injuries have been reported.  Officials also haven’t released any names.   We do know the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation.  
  • Tulsa investigators are looking for a driver who fled the scene, after hitting a male pedestrian late Friday night. Police report the auto-pedestrian collision happened around 11:34 p.m., near East Admiral and North Yale. “The pedestrian victim has been declared deceased at this time,” police said.   Investigators don't have a description of the driver or the car.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
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