4 Things To Know: Trump Transition, Leon Russell’s Death & More

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From Donald Trump’s transition to the White House to a powerful earthquake in New Zealand, here are the four stories to know for Monday, Nov. 14.

Trump’s Transition To White House

President-elect Donald Trump continues his transition to the White House. Yesterday, he officially named Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. The former head of Breitart News, Steve Bannon, was named Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. Meanwhile, protests against Trump’s election are showing no sign of slowing down. For a fifth straight day yesterday, demonstrators took to the streets in major cities, including Los Angeles and New York, railing against Trump’s rhetoric.

New Zealand Earthquake

A powerful earthquake ripped through New Zealand’s South Island — and killed at least two people. The magnitude 7.8 quake caused major devastation on the island followed by a series of strong aftershocks. It also triggered landslides and a tsunami.

Leon Russell Dies

Rock and roll hall of famer Leon Russell has died. Russell was mainly a keyboard player and played backup for Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys to name a few. He also had a successful solo career with hits like “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue.” Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and was still recovering when he died. He was 74 years old.

Low Gas Prices

Gas prices are inching closer to the two dollar a gallon mark. Triple A says prices are falling because there’s low demand and lots of supply. Crude oil prices fell for a third straight week. Traders are skeptical OPEC can reach a deal to cut production.

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