Obama’s intel picks short on direct experience

President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to fill the nation’s top intelligence jobs with two men short on direct experience in intelligence gathering surprised the spy community and signaled the Democrat’s intention for a clean break from Bush administration policies.

`Dark Knight’ vies for Producers Guild best pic (AP)

In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger starring as The Joker, is shown in a scene from 'The Dark Knight.'  (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Stephen Vaughan)AP – The Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” slighted in earlier Hollywood honors, was among best-picture nominees Monday for the Producers Guild of America Awards.

Autopsy completed on John Travolta’s son (AP)

In this image released by Rogers & Cowan public relations, actor John Travolta is shown with his son Jett in an undated family photo.  (AP Photo/Rogers & Cowan)AP – Doctors in the Bahamas conducted an autopsy Monday on John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, but authorities did not immediately disclose the results.

Autopsy completed on Travolta’s son (AP)

In this image released by Rogers & Cowan public relations, actor John Travolta is shown with his son Jett in an undated family photo.  (AP Photo/Rogers & Cowan)AP – Doctors in the Bahamas conducted an autopsy Monday on John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, but authorities did not immediately disclose the results.

Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA

Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since it was not yet public.

Travolta family doctor observes son’s autopsy (AP)

In this image released by Rogers & Cowan public relations, actor John Travolta is shown with his son Jett in an undated family photo.  (AP Photo/Rogers & Cowan)AP – A family doctor for John Travolta was observing the autopsy Monday of the actor’s teenage son, who died unexpectedly in the family’s Grand Bahama island vacation home.