WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx to be secretary of transportation today, a White House official said Sunday on the condition of anonymity the nomination is not yet official.
The nomination of Mr. Foxx, who hosted last year's Democratic National Convention, would make him the only African-American selected for a Cabinet opening in Mr. Obama's second term. Attorney General Eric H. Holder is now the only African-American to lead a Cabinet department.
As mayor of what it called one of America's most vibrant cities, the White House said Mr. Foxx has firsthand knowledge of the type of infrastructure needed to create jobs and compete in a globe economy. The White House praised Mr. Foxx's ability to integrate local, state and federal resources to meet transportation challenges.
Federal officials cited his work on a Charlotte streetcar project to bring electric tram service through the center of the city, expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and extending the city's light rail system north of the city to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Gun bill getting another shot
WASHINGTON -- One of the architects of failed gun control legislation says he's bringing it back.
Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said he would re-introduce a measure that would require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online. The West Virginia Democrat says that if lawmakers read the bill, they will support it.
Mr. Manchin said he spoke to Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and that his partner on the legislation was ready for another try.
Mr. Manchin sponsored a previous version of the measure with Sen. Toomey. It failed.
Killer of child on run
SAN FRANCISCO -- Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.
Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from nearby agencies were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home around noon Saturday.
The girl was found by her brother -- reported by local media to be 12-years-old -- after he encountered a male intruder in the home.
Four stabbed at church
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end.
Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.
The injuries to the four church-goers weren't life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.
An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Mr. Capener and held him down until police arrived.
Chase executive leaving
NEW YORK -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Sunday that one of its co-chief operating officers is leaving the company, marking the latest high-profile departure since the bank's massive trading loss last year.
Frank Bisignano will become CEO of payment processor First Data Corp. today. Matt Zames, who was co-chief operating officer with Bisignano, will become the sole COO of JPMorgan Chase effective immediately.nation - electionspresident