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President-elect Donald Trump speaks at Carrier Corp. on Thursday, in Indianapolis.

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism?

On Donald Trump's visit to Carrier in Indiana on Thursday, he mentioned a phone call that he made to the CEO of United Technologies, the air conditioning company's parent. As Trump describes it, that call led to Carrier announcing it will not move as many jobs to Mexico as it had planned.

"We can't allow this to happen anymore with our country. So many jobs are leaving and going to other countries, not just Mexico," Trump said.

Massumeh Farhad points to one of the Qurans in the exhibition. As curator, she flipped through all of the books on display. "Every page is absolutely breathtaking," she says.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

When you walk into the Smithsonian's "Art of the Qur'an" exhibition, you're met with a book that weighs 150 pounds. The tome, which dates back to the late-1500s, has giant pages that are covered in gold and black Arabic script.

A memorial to the victims killed in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015.

San Bernardino Shooting's Signs Have Faded, But Memories Remain Piercing

It's been a year since Ray Britain lay on the floor of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., feeling the vibrations of the gun shots.

He remembers that "constant tremble," he says, the ringing in his ears, the shell casings — "a rainbow of shell casings" — flying from the gun, and the looks of shock on his coworkers' faces.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks alongside retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis after the two met in Bedminster Township, N.J., in late November.

Trump Picks Gen. James Mattis As His Defense Secretary

At a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump said he would select retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department, filling a key role in the incoming administration. Mattis, 66, is famous for both his blunt talk and his engaging leadership in recent U.S. conflicts.

Mattis "is the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have," Trump told the Ohio crowd. "And it's about time."

The Tri-Pro Forest Products facility in Orofino, Idaho, closed in October after operators said they didn't have a steady enough supply of logs to keep the sawmill running and profitable.

In Idaho Lumber Country, Trump Voters Wait To See If He Can Jumpstart Jobs

A few weeks before the election, the Tri-Pro lumber mill in north Idaho shut down. It was the second mill to close in the area in six months, putting more than a hundred people out of work.

While that's big economic loss for any community, it was especially tough for the tight-knit town of Orofino and its 3,000 or so residents.

In its latest update, Uber gathers user location information even when the app is not open during a ride.

Uber Now Tracks Passengers' Locations Even After They're Dropped Off

Uber's latest update allows the ride-hailing app to track user location data even when the application is running in the background. The change in location data gathering is quite apparent — after the update is completed, Uber prompts users to accept the new policy by enabling their phones to make the change.

Gambians wait to cast votes at a polling station Thursday in Banjul.

PHOTOS: Gambia Holds Presidential Election Amid Internet Blackout

Gambians have cast ballots for a new president, in what marks the most serious risk yet to the decades-long rule of President Yahya Jammeh.

The voting happened amid a blackout on Internet and international phone calls, as NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells our Newscast unit. She reports the current president of the small West African country "is warning his rivals not to challenge the outcome of the vote." Here's more from Ofeibea:

A man clears the debris from a destroyed convenience store in Rosalie, Ala., on Thursday, the day after a reported tornado struck the area.

Tornado Outbreaks Are On The Rise, And Scientists Don't Know Why

A single tornado can cause a lot of damage. But even worse are tornado outbreaks. Just this week, a cluster of at least 18 tornadoes struck the Southeast over two days.

Scientists are seeing bigger clusters in recent years, and they're struggling to figure out what's happening.

President-elect Donald Trump, seen here on Nov. 22, spoke with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. Trump showered praise on Sharif despite the tensions between the two countries in recent years.

Trump Gushes About Pakistan In Call With Its Prime Minister

President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in one of the many routine, get-acquainted chats he'll have before entering the White House.

These talks rarely if ever make news, but Wednesday's conversation raised eyebrows because Trump lavished praise on Sharif and Pakistan despite years of tension between the two countries.

Here's part of the read-out of their conversation, as released by Pakistan's Press Information Department:

President-elect Donald Trump greets attendees after speaking during an event at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Trump Relives Campaign Victory During Thank-You Tour Rally

President-elect Donald Trump delivered a campaign-style speech at what was billed as the first stop in a thank-you tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, tonight, in which he pledged to unite America while at the same time recounting old grievances against the news media, and his political opponents.

Trump also used the occasion to announce he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, calling him "the closest thing we have to Gen. George Patton of our time."