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At a 'thank you' victory rally in Cincinnati Thursday evening, President-elect Donal Trump announced he would "appoint" former Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as Secretary of Defense. (Dec. 3)

Mattis (born Sept. 8, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States Central Command from Aug. 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013.

Mattis is known for implementing the COIN strategy. Before President Obama appointed him to replace General Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from Nov. 9, 2007 to August 2010, and served concurrently as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from Nov. 9, 2007 to Sept. 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary ForceUnited States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.

On Dec. 1, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Mattis would be nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Defense in the coming administration.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Win the Ultimate Daytona Beach Half Marathon experience at Daytona International Speedway.
 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The July 30, 2000, running of the Formula One German Grand Prix motor race at the Hockenheimring near Hockenheim, Germany, was won by Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello driving a Scuderia Ferrari F1-2000 in his debut.

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2016 ReWind: 95. Lake Helen's Vernon Burton retains zone 2 seat without opposition; Jim Connell wins zone 4 seat in Nov elections

LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- Zone 2 Commissioner Vernon Burton got a free pass to-re-election when no one else put in qualifying papers back in June.

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The Sunday Conversation: New Volusia County School Board Chair Melody Johnson wants to see district make the A-grade

DeLAND, Fla. -- With Melody Johnson entrusted by her new and returning colleagues in a unanamious vote to elevate her from vice chair to chair and elevation of Linda Cuthbert to vice chair, along with John Hill, the re-election of previous chair Ida Duncan Wright and the election of Carl Persis, this is perhaps the most gifted school board lineup to date in this 21st century in setting policy for educational excellence in the Volusia County Schools.

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Headline Surfer video / Mori Hosseini - ever the businessman - makes passionate pitch to Volusia County for public-private venture with Enbry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with up-front monies now with return on investment down the line with the prospect of higher paying jobs. Hosseini gets unanimous support. This video is part of the upcoming Headline Surfer Hall of Fame profile on the luxury home builder. 

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Gun salute signals start of official tributes to Fidel Castro in Havana, where tens of thousands of Cubans are filing through three rooms in the capital's memorial to national hero Jose Marti (Nov. 28).

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Ohio State police say the attacker on campus purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife (Nov. 28).

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Ohio State Univ. says a shelter-in-place warning has been lifted and the scene is secure following reports of an active shooter who was killed by police and at least seven people injured. Ohio State tweeted that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day (Nov. 28).

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Ohio State University is telling students there's an active shooter on campus and they should "Run Hide Fight." The shooter was reportedly spotted at Watts Hall, a science and engineering building. Police vehicles were seen at the scene (Nov. 28).

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Published on Nov 28, 2016

Japan's trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), according to the Nikkei business daily. Ryan Brooks reports.

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