(WAFF) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as the favorite to serve as secretary of state in Donald Trump's incoming administration, a senior Trump official said on Monday - another indication the president-elect is putting a prize on loyalty as he narrows down his Cabinet picks. The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and requested anonymity, said there was no real competition for the job and that it was Giuliani's if he wanted it. But a second official cautioned that John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, remained in contention for the job.
U.S. armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report Monday, raising the possibility that American citizens could be indicted even though Washington has not joined the global court. "Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014," according to the report issued by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's office.
Smoky conditions have greatly improved across the Valley, however, it will be more persistent in northeastern Alabama. A westerly breeze today will continue to help clear this out. This morning, a stray sprinkle may dot your windshield, but widespread or measurable rain is not expected. Drought conditions will worsen over the course of the week, and the fire danger remains high across the Valley. Burn bans are still in place. Highs will make their way back around 70° this afternoon with partly cloudy skies. A warming trend takes over for the rest of the work week.
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