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The new president was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, reciting the 35-word oath with his hand placed upon two Bibles, one used by his family and another during President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration.



Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly approved as Trump’s secretary of homeland security

The Senate voted 88-11 to confirm John Kelly, who will oversee the nation’s third largest Cabinet department less than a year after he left the military.


Bergdahl attorneys file motion to dismiss court-martial over Trump comments

In their motion, accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorneys list more than 25 instances of Donald Trump disparaging Bergdahl during campaign rallies and nationally televised interviews.


Senate confirms Mattis to lead the Pentagon

The Senate easily confirmed former Marine Gen. James Mattis’ appointment to serve as President Donald Trump’s defense secretary, just hours after the billionaire businessman was sworn in as the United States’ 45th commander in chief on Friday.


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Confrontation near inauguration parade route escalates, pepper spray used

Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers.


Obama exits the presidency voicing optimism for the future

Closing out a barrier-breaking chapter in history, former President Barack Obama left the White House on Friday much the way he entered it eight years ago: insisting Americans have reason for optimism despite the national sense of unease.


Ailing George H.W. Bush, wife, showing improvement

Doctors removed former President George H.W. Bush's breathing tube and he was breathing well on his own at a Houston hospital, his spokesman said. His wife Barbara Bush also remained hospitalized for treatment of bronchitis, but she's feeling better.



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Trump’s bigger Army could cost $12 billion by official’s math

President Donald Trump’s pledge to increase the Army’s active-duty troops to 540,000 from 465,000 today could cost at least an extra $12 billion once the goal is met, based on a formula provided by departing Army Secretary Eric Fanning.


Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

Gambia's defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said.


Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors in Italy

With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people at the resort. At least two children were among the 10 people found alive.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


Expats in Tokyo kick off series of women’s marches around the world

As the sun was rising on Inauguration Day in America, nearly 650 people halfway around the world in Tokyo participated in a show of solidarity with the millions expected for the Women’s March on Washington.


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Trump’s bigger Army could cost $12 billion by official’s math

President Donald Trump’s pledge to increase the Army’s active-duty troops to 540,000 from 465,000 today could cost at least an extra $12 billion once the goal is met, based on a formula provided by departing Army Secretary Eric Fanning.


Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

Gambia's defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said.


Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors in Italy

With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people at the resort. At least two children were among the 10 people found alive.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


Expats in Tokyo kick off series of women’s marches around the world

As the sun was rising on Inauguration Day in America, nearly 650 people halfway around the world in Tokyo participated in a show of solidarity with the millions expected for the Women’s March on Washington.



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Trump-tapped group presents plan for sweeping VA reforms

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, a conservative-backed group that has gained more influence since the election is renewing its effort to transfer oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to a government-chartered nonprofit. It’s also seeking to expand veterans’ private-sector health care options.



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'The Hobbit' book returned after Marine takes it on 38-year unexpected journey

Bob James checked out the book in Ithaca before enlisting in the Marines in 1979. He believes the book was passed along to Marines and sailors serving aboard at least eight different ships in the western Pacific.


US, South Korea, Japan stage missile-defense drills amid N. Korea threat

The United States, South Korea and Japan kicked off naval missile-defense drills Friday, joining forces to counter the growing threat from North Korea.


Bergdahl attorneys file motion to dismiss court-martial over Trump comments

In their motion, accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorneys list more than 25 instances of Donald Trump disparaging Bergdahl during campaign rallies and nationally televised interviews.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


'Roll Tide' plane makes way for new C-130 at Maxwell Air Force Base

Aircraft 42, "Roll Tide" is named such for the University of Alabama art displayed on its nose and has carried university football memorabilia while flying missions around the world.


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'The Hobbit' book returned after Marine takes it on 38-year unexpected journey

Bob James checked out the book in Ithaca before enlisting in the Marines in 1979. He believes the book was passed along to Marines and sailors serving aboard at least eight different ships in the western Pacific.


US, South Korea, Japan stage missile-defense drills amid N. Korea threat

The United States, South Korea and Japan kicked off naval missile-defense drills Friday, joining forces to counter the growing threat from North Korea.


Bergdahl attorneys file motion to dismiss court-martial over Trump comments

In their motion, accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorneys list more than 25 instances of Donald Trump disparaging Bergdahl during campaign rallies and nationally televised interviews.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


'Roll Tide' plane makes way for new C-130 at Maxwell Air Force Base

Aircraft 42, "Roll Tide" is named such for the University of Alabama art displayed on its nose and has carried university football memorabilia while flying missions around the world.



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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.


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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.



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