We're starting on a report on an attack at Ohio State University. A U.S. government official says an 18-year-old man of Somali descent targeted a group of people on campus yesterday morning. He first ran the car into some pedestrians and then used a knife to attack those nearby. At least nine people were hospitalized, including one who was in critical condition last night.
University police say they had an officer at the scene in less than a minute and then he shot and killed the attacker.
U.S. officials say the suspect was a student at the school and a legal permanent resident. They don't know yet what his motive was, but the Columbus, Ohio, police chief says they have to consider terrorism as a possibility.
At the time of the attack, students had just returned to class from the Thanksgiving break.
Yesterday, when we told you about potential vote recount in several U.S. states, we mentioned that a presidential election winner in Michigan hadn't been projected yet. The state was still too close to call. But that changed yesterday afternoon when Michigan officials said President-elect Donald Trump won the state's 16 electoral votes. That brings Mr. Trump's electoral vote total to 306. His challenger, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had 232.
The president-elect is moving forward on shaping his cabinet. He intends to nominate Jeff Sessions, a U.S. senator from Alabama, for attorney general, the position that heads up the U.S. Justice Department. Mike Pompeo, a U.S. representative from Kansas, is Mr. Trump's choice for director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has been named as America's ambassador to the United Nations, and businesswoman, philanthropist and school choice activist Betsy DeVos would become the next U.S. education secretary.
These are all cabinet or cabinet level positions. So, while President-elect Trump wants these people for the jobs, the Constitution requires to get advice and consent from the U.S. Senate to confirm them. The cabinet advises the president on government policy and then carries that out at home and abroad.