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Trump kicks off inauguration on National Mall
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Trump kicks off inauguration on National Mall

(UPI) -- In his final day as president-elect, Donald Trump kicked off his inauguration Thursday with a visit to Washington, D.C., which began with a time-honored flight, a tribute to American military veterans and a concert on the National Mall. After enjoyin...
Tear gas for protesters outside Deploraball
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Tear gas for protesters outside Deploraball

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Protesters and supporters of President-elect Donald Trump clashed outside a pro-Trump event in Washington the night before his inauguration. Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd. Hundreds of...
Obama commutes sentences of 330 more criminals during last full day
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Obama commutes sentences of 330 more criminals during last full day

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offe...
Small Businesses Hope to See Obama’s Overbearing Rules Scrapped
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Small Businesses Hope to See Obama’s Overbearing Rules Scrapped

NEW YORK (AP) -- Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile Obama administration regulations scrapped after Donald Trump takes office, with rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books. Complyi...

Sean Spicer, in first briefing, predicts ‘philosophical’ Trump at inauguration

(UPI) -- Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his first press briefing, said Donald Trump will deliver a "philosophical" inaugural address on Friday. Speaking to the press corps at the Trump transition headquarters in Washington a day before t...
Oregon’s new concealed handgun policy raises Republican hackles
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Oregon’s new concealed handgun policy raises Republican hackles

Oregon Republicans are criticizing a new policy that forbids most state employees with licenses to carry concealed handguns from bringing guns to work, except for state police and others whose jobs require it. The policy, put forth by Gov. Kate Brown's admini...
Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
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Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said. The 92-yea...
Second wave of bomb threats called into Jewish centers across U.S.
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Second wave of bomb threats called into Jewish centers across U.S.

For the second time in two weeks, dozens of Jewish community centers across the United States received bomb threats Wednesday, all of which were investigated and determined to be hoaxes, officials said. Bomb threats were called in to as many as 27 Jewish cent...
The Iran tab: Full cost in question
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The Iran tab: Full cost in question

All the assets spent to appease Iran and secure a nuclear deal add up to one inescapable assessment of the Obama administration: It was played, badly. Never mind the estimated $115 billion in sanctions relief for the Islamic republic over the past three years...
Teachers in Philadelphia Plan Black Lives Matter Week
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Teachers in Philadelphia Plan Black Lives Matter Week

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A teachers' organization in Philadelphia is encouraging teachers to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons and provide lessons on the movement every day for one week. The Caucus of Working Educators, a faction of the teachers unio...