7 things to know now: Tornadoes kill 3; Clinton's surprise appearance; Romney dinner


Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Tornado kills 3: Three people were killed when a tornado hit the town of Rosalie, Ala., overnight. The National Weather Service said that twister was one of 27 reported on Tuesday across the Southeast. One tornado slammed into a 24-hour daycare center injuring four children and several workers near the town of Ider, Ala. In Tennessee, the wildfires that have destroyed homes and businesses have also taken at least four lives.

2. Trump to Indiana: President-elect Donald and vice president-elect Mike Pence will travel to Indiana Wednesday to meet with officials of the Carrier Corp. after the company announced that they reached a deal with Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the state. The agreement, confirmed by Trump on Twitter, will keep the jobs in Indiana that had been slated to be moved overseas.

3. Recount, but not by hand: A judge in Wisconsin has rejected a lawsuit by former Green Party candidate Jill Stein that asked that the presidential election recount be conducted by hand. The recount of Wisconsin’s 25 million votes is set to begin Thursday. The judge ruled that each of the 72 country clerks in the state may decide for themselves how to count the ballots, because Stein failed to show evidence of fraud in the election and did not meet the state’s legal standard to ban the use of ballot machines in a recount.

4. Michelle’s out: President Barack Obama says there’s little chance his wife would be interested in going into politics when they leave the White House. Michelle Obama will be “very active” in grass-roots progressive causes, the president told Rolling Stone in an interview that was conducted the day after the election. “Michelle will never run for office,” Obama said. “She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

5. Mitt and Donald’s dinner: Mitt Romney had kind words to say for his one-time foe, president-elect Donald Trump after a dinner with Trump in New York on Tuesday. Romney, who is being considered for the position of secretary of State under Trump, told reporters, "I happen to think that America's best days are ahead of us. I think you're going to see America continue to lead the world in this century." No word from Trump after the dinner.

And one more

Hillary Clinton was a surprise presenter at a UNICEF event Tuesday night that honored singer Katy Perry. Clinton gave Perry the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for charitable work with the organization. Clinton was not listed as a presenter prior to the event, and surprised the audience when she took the stage. She received a sustained standing ovation from the crowd. Perry was a staunch supporter of Clinton during the campaign.  

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