Here are the top stories for Monday, Nov. 23: Biden looks to Obama veterans for key staff picks; States move ahead with election certifications; GM to recall 7 million vehicles; White House Christmas Tree arrives in DC.
NED BARKER: This is AP News Minute. President-elect Joe Biden has begun to staff key jobs in his incoming administration with veterans of the Obama years. Former Secretary of State John Kerry will lead Biden's efforts to combat climate change. Biden also plans to tap another Obama-era diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to be ambassador to the United Nations.
Despite President Donald Trump's baseless allegations of conspiracy and fraud during this month's voting in the race for president, states continue to move forward with certifying their results. Michigan's Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, has voted to certify the state's election results.
General Motors is recalling about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators. The recall is expected to cost GM an estimated $1.2 billion, about 1/3 of the company's net income so far this year.
A Fraser fir from West Virginia that's 18 and 1/2 feet tall has arrived at the White House, marking the start of the holiday season at Washington's most famous address. After it's decorated, the tree will be put on display in the Blue Room at the White House.
Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.