NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Canseco is ready to take a swing at politics. The former major league slugger has made his pitch for a big job at the White House, tweeting Wednesday to President Donald Trump: "u need a bash brother for Chief if Staff." Trump's decision on a replacement for departing chief of staff John Kelly is expected by the end of the year.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter. Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula told the Fresno Bee that he has no plans to resign. Arambula was arrested Monday on misdemeanor suspicion of willful cruelty to a child after elementary school officials reported an injured child.

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. That test flight is planned early Thursday high above California's Mojave Desert.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi appears to have sealed her return as House speaker when the new Congress convenes next month. The California Democrat won over several rebellious Democrats by agreeing to limit her future tenure to no more than four years. That pledge immediately drew the support of seven of her critics. Not only will Pelosi be second in line to the presidency, she will be the highest-ranking Democrat and lead opposition to President Donald Trump.

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