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Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators - with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing....



First day goal? Make White House feel like home for Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's supposed to feel just like home when Donald Trump steps inside the White House residence for the first time as president on Inauguration Day....



Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course....



Rescuers search for 30 after avalanche hits Italian hotel
PENNE, Italy (AP) -- Rescue workers reported no signs of life Thursday at a four-star hotel buried by an avalanche in the mountains of earthquake-stricken central Italy. Two bodies were recovered of the estimated 30 people trapped inside as the risk of more avalanches slowed the search effort....



Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets....



Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country's first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see - and for the uncertain future they face without him....



Democrats in sad shape: Power deficit as Trump era begins
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats begin the Donald Trump presidency in sad shape. They lack a clear power base, they've got no distinct national leader, and party brokers are searching for a formula to counter the new Republican-dominated government and figure out how to win again....



Regional troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down....



The Latest: George W. Bush says ill parents "much better"
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Latest on the hospitalizations of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush (all times local):...



NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks
NEW YORK (AP) -- The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists....