Obama picks Richardson for Commerce, official says

CHICAGO – Democratic officials say President-elect Obama plans to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for Commerce Secretary on Wednesday.

Mr. Richardson was Energy secretary and United Nations ambassador in the administration of President Clinton. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year, but eventually dropped out and endorsed Mr. Obama.

He is one of the nation's most prominent Hispanic politicians, and was in the U.S. House before joining Clinton's Cabinet.

The Democratic officials said Tuesday that Mr. Obama will join Mr. Richardson at a news conference in Chicago on Wednesday. They would speak only on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn't been made.



Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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