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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 18

Trump picks Jeff Sessions for attorney general

President-elect Trump has offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the post of attorney general, sources directly involved in the selection process tell CBS News. The choice of Sessions to be the nation’s top prosecutor is sure to be controversial. When Sessions faced Senate confirmation for a job 30 years ago, it didn’t go well. – CBS

CPSI, PipelineRx partner for telepharmacy

CPSI, a leading provider of healthcare information solutions, has teamed with PipelineRx to offer a telepharmacy solution for small and rural community hospitals. The service offers remote, real-time medication order review and verification services for community hospitals. – News release

UAB wins $6M grant for job training

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has awarded nearly $6 million to UAB to train students for in-demand jobs, the federal government said Thursday. UAB was one of 23 groups to receive America's Promise grants, a federal program that benefits programs that connect Americans to education for in-demand jobs. – AL.com

HudsonAlpha helps unlock secrets of genes in space

An experiment conducted by HudsonAlpha and collaborators revealed why bacteria behave differently in the microgravity environment of space. The authors found that in space, the bacteria expressed more genes associated with starvation conditions, including genes encoding proteins for amino acid synthesis, glucose breakdown and use of alternative carbon sources. – News release

Yellen: Fed’s not afraid of Trump

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the central bank wasn’t about to roll over in the face of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory last week. She told lawmakers on Thursday that she intends to stay in the job until her term expires in January 2018 while extolling the virtues of the Fed’s independence from political interference. – Bloomberg

Appeals court rejects challenge of California egg law

Six states lacked the legal right to challenge a California law that prohibits the sale off eggs from chickens that are not raised in accordance with strict space requirements, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The states, including Alabama, failed to show how the law would affect them and not just individual egg farmers, a federal appeals panel ruled. – OC Register

Birmingham selected for 2017 Davis Cup play

The USTA today announced that the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham has been selected as the site for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and Switzerland, Feb. 3-5. – AL.com

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