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Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff

Energy Dept. worried about Trump memoPresident-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.

The memo sent to the Energy Department on Tuesday and seen by Reuters on Friday, contains 74 questions including a request for a list of all department employees and contractors who attended the annual global climate talks hosted by the United Nations within the last five years.

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Giuliani pulls name from contention for secretary of state

Rudy GuilianiFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pulled out of the secretary of state sweepstakes late last month, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said Friday, as Trump has widened his search to select the nation’s top diplomat.

"Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American. I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel,” Trump said in a written statement. “He is and continues to be a close personal friend, and as appropriate, I will call upon him for advice and can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date.”

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The Millions Trump’s Businesses Made From His Campaign

Trump made billions from campaignDonald Trump ran as a billionaire businessman whose ability to finance his campaign from his own deep pockets would keep him free from the influence of special interests.

While he put $66.1 million of his own money into his campaign and received an additional $264 million from small dollar donors, more than $14.6 million worth of campaign funds went back into Trump’s businesses in the form of air travel, event rentals and even $8,040.01 to Trump’s bottled water company, Trump Ice LLC.

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'Vulnerable' to extinction: What giraffes are up against

Giraffes vulnerable to extintionThe giraffe is now on the official list of animals and plants that could face extinction in the future.

The majestic animal, which is the tallest land animal in the world, is only found in Africa. In the past 30 years, its numbers have plummeted by nearly 40%, prompting scientists to add it to the list of threatened and endangered animals, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

On Wednesday, the IUCN listed giraffes as "vulnerable of extinction."

And the road to preventing giraffes from becoming extinct will take a lot of effort from local governments and non-government organizations, according to David Banks, regional Director for the Africa Region with the Nature Conservancy.

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Trump just offered yet another Goldman veteran a spot in his administration

Gary CohnDonald Trumphas offered Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn a key economic post, which would add to the administration another veteran of the powerful firm he bashed during his campaign, sources close to Cohn told NBC News.

Cohn, Goldman's 56-year-old president and chief operating officer, has been offered the directorship of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy, the sources said. It is unclear if Cohn will accept the post, but he reportedly had discussions late last month about leaving Goldman.

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Judge refuses to end Wisconsin recount: report

Jill SteinA federal judge on Friday dismissed a request from President-elect Donald Trump's supporters to halt a recount in Wisconsin, according to a new report.

Judge James Peterson's ruling in Madison will let the controversial review requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein continue, reports The Wisconsin State Journal.

Stein initially requested the recount to determine whether election machines there were hacked last month.

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Obama orders review of cyber attacks on 2016 election: adviser

Obama wants cyber attack investigationU.S. President Barack Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday.

Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared with lawmakers and others.

"The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," Monaco said during an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Trump expected to pick oil drilling advocate to run Interior Department: sources

Oil drilling expert to head Interior Dept.U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a strong advocate of increased oil and gas development who is skeptical about climate change, to run the Department of the Interior, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The appointment could mean easier access for industry to more than a quarter of America's territory, ranging from national parks to tribal lands stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, where energy companies have been eager to drill and mine.

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U.N. reports thousands trapped in Aleppo, hundreds missing

Thousands trapped in AleppoHundreds are missing after crossing from the rebel-held eastern area of Aleppo, Syria, to the government-controlled area, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.

Another approximately 100,000 still in the eastern end of the city are in jeopardy as Syrian government troops have pushed their way eastward into areas formerly held by opposition groups, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva, Switzerland.

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