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Trump takes office, vows to stop ‘American carnage’

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but ...

Women descend on DC a day after anarchists create chaos

By STEVE PEOPLES and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after self-described anarchists created chaos, thousands of women are descending upon Washington for what is expected to be a more orderly show of force on the first full day of Donald Trump's ...

Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

By JESSICA GRESKO, MICHAEL BIESECKER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than ...

El Chapo’s new home: a jail that held mobsters, terrorists

By JAKE PEARSON and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country's most secure federal lockups — and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Guzman, who pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he ...

1 wounded in school shooting, ‘could have been much worse’

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police ...

California flood sweeps cabins, cars down coastal canyon

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. The dramatic scene about 115 ...

Presidential Limo: Trumps, Obamas on their way to Capitol

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the path of inaugurations past, Donald Trump and Barack Obama rode together to the U.S. Capitol Friday as the real estate mogul and reality TV star who upended American politics prepared to be sworn in as the 45th ...

Prosecutor: Extradition of El Chapo is milestone for justice

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Saying they were bringing the world's most notorious drug lord to justice, U.S. prosecutors on Friday described Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as the murderous architect of a 3-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction and announced ...

Man sought for probation violation after vicious dog mauling

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a 63-year-old Detroit man whose pit bulls mauled another man has violated his court-ordered probation. Derick Felton is listed on the Michigan Department of Corrections offender website as absconding from probation in November 2015, meaning he didn't report to ...

1 student hurt, another in custody in Ohio school shooting

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a male student who was shot and wounded at an Ohio school is being treated at a hospital, and another student suspected in the shooting is in custody. The West Liberty-Salem Local School District superintendent says the shooting occurred as classes ...

Man reaches plea agreement in fire at Michigan ski resort

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say ran from a security guard and sprayed a fire extinguisher at him during a major fire at a northern Michigan ski resort has reached a plea agreement. The Emmet County prosecutor's office says 31-year-old David Soltysiak of Petoskey ...

Appeals court tells judge to allow transgender name changes

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia appeals court has overturned a lower court judge's orders denying legal name changes to two transgender men. The Georgia Court of Appeals on Friday issued an opinion saying that Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper ...

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes ...

Inaugural speech is Trump’s time to rise to the moment

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment. But bucking tradition, or ignoring it altogether, is what got Donald Trump to his inaugural moment. When Trump ...

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim ...

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

By JOSH LEDERMAN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Obama became ...

Pointed questions await Trump’s pick for health secretary

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his ...

Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be ...

Final Ringling Bros. show at Nassau Coliseum sells out

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the iconic traveling circus' final show at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island is sold out. An announcement was made last week that the "Greatest Show on Earth" would be shutting ...

DeVos likely to advance school choice as education secretary

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. Betsy DeVos, Trump's choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice ...