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At least 20 killed, dozens wounded in Pakistan bomb blast

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ISLAMABAD -- A bomb blast in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens of others, local officials said.

The blast occurred in a crowded vegetable market in the Parachinar area of Kurrum Agency, located near the Afghan border.

"At least 20 people have been killed and over 50 are injured," said Sabir Hussain,...Read more

HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. At least three of the companies aided by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and his staff contributed to his campaign funds.

A CQ Roll Call review of more than 5,600...Read more

For cable networks, it's business as usual, despite unprecedented nature of Trump's inauguration

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If there was one thing MSNBC's Chris Matthews was determined not to normalize on Donald Trump's inauguration day, it was the incoming president's unbuttoned overcoat. Which Matthews mentioned at least three times.

"Why doesn't Trump button his coat?" Matthews fretted. "Sign of formality there."

Given the strange, strained and unprecedented ...Read more

Analysis: Trump takes a nationalistic tone in a populist message

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump began his presidency Friday with a speech that might have been ripped from his campaign teleprompter: blunt talk of a weakened and bleeding nation that he will shock back into pride and prosperity.

In case anybody had not yet seen the memo, Trump made it clear that he will be a different kind of leader. He was not ...Read more

Rain and wind delay Obama's vacation

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Former President Barack Obama and his family, on their way to their first post-White House vacation, hit a hurdle in their transition from public life.

The Obamas' scheduled to land around 3:20 p.m. PST at Palm Springs International Airport, circled the airport in rain and strong winds, awaiting a chance to make a safe ...Read more

Some women at Trump's inauguration are baffled by Saturday's Women's March

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WASHINGTON -- Women who cheered President Donald Trump and danced at the inaugural balls in Washington Friday said the Women's March scheduled Saturday has them baffled and indignant that one group would presume to speak for all women.

"I think it's great, do your thing, but I just don't know what they're doing it for. They're talking about ...Read more

Steve Lopez: Trump still divides, and there's a lot at stake

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WASHINGTON -- It was, no matter where you stood, an astounding day.

The man of the moment was no longer Donald Trump the reality TV star, or Donald Trump the real estate baron-turned-politician.

He was Donald Trump, president of the United States.

If they ever bring back the $10,000 bill, his mug will be on it.

Friday's inauguration was for ...Read more

Virginia court sets March trial for accused teen 'doctor'; Florida cases on hold

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The case of Malachi Love-Robinson, the West Palm Beach, Fla., teenager accused of illegally posing as a doctor, is on hold until after his trial March 15 on felony fraud charges in northern Virginia.

In Stafford County Circuit Court Friday, prosecutors added a fourth count, a forgery-type offense, to go along with three previously filed charges...Read more

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At GOP leaders' urging, Texas Supreme Court will consider undoing gay spousal rights

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether the husbands and wives of gay city employees in Houston deserve spousal benefits, a surprising and rare about-face spurred by pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and dozens of other top Republicans.

"No ...Read more

Democrats once dreamed of Inauguration Day. Now they're soul-searching instead

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WASHINGTON -- Miami is not where Jon Cowan expected to be on Inauguration Day.

He was certain he would be toasting the nation's first female president at Elephant & Castle, a pub smack on the inaugural parade route. "It was this unbelievable space where we were going to have this large gathering of Democrats," said Cowan, who runs the left-of-...Read more

On immigrant Dreamers, Trump tells top senator: 'We don't want to hurt those kids'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a top Democratic senator Friday that he did not want to "hurt" young immigrants who have been living illegally in the U.S. since childhood but are otherwise law abiding.

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat, met Trump for the first time at Friday's inaugural luncheon in the Capitol and ...Read more

Fiery Trump offers nationalist vision to end 'this American carnage'

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WASHINGTON -- In his first, fiery words as the nation's 45th president, Donald John Trump presented a nationalist vision of America, breaking with tradition to invoke his unapologetically raw campaign, rebuke the country's principal political parties and offer a populist ode to the "forgotten" people who, against all odds, elected him.

"Today, ...Read more

CIA chief's confirmation delayed amid partisan wrangling on Inauguration Day

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WASHINGTON -- When newly sworn-in President Donald Trump tours CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on Saturday afternoon, the man he picked to lead the agency will not yet be in charge.

The war between Trump and the CIA boiled over into the U.S. Senate on Inauguration Day, as Republicans slammed Democrats for delaying the installation of Kansas ...Read more

Trump scrubs climate change from White House website

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WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists are criticizing President Donald Trump for quickly changing the White House website Friday to eliminate any mention of global warming.

"It's truly disturbing that one of the first actions by the Trump administration is to remove nearly all references to climate change from the White House website," said Sam Adams...Read more

Fear, concern but also Champagne — the world reacts to Trump's inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- Raucous Champagne toasts in Russia, prayerful wishes from the Vatican, late-night yawns in China and defiant protests in central London: The world greeted Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th U.S. president with apprehension, anxiety and a smattering of glee -- much like the swirl of mixed emotions that accompanied his ...Read more

Marijuana supporters hand out free joints before inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- As hundreds of people lined up for free marijuana in Washington Friday, Kareem Walker could hardly believe the sight.

"They're passing out weed, man, it's crazy!" said Walker, a New Yorker, who came to the marijuana giveaway to sell T-shirts that bore a catchy phrase in honor of the day: "When they go low, we get high."

...Read more

Senate confirms key posts in Trump's national security team

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate moved swiftly Friday to confirm two retired generals as President Donald Trump's picks for top national security posts, putting pieces of the new administration's team in place shortly after the inauguration ceremony.

Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis was confirmed as Defense secretary, on a vote of 98-1

Mattis was ...Read more

Analysis: 'Not in my Cabinet' is Trump's signal to Latinos

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WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic presidents have long nodded to the importance of diversity as they select their Cabinets. Since 1989, every president's first Cabinet has included at least one Latino.

Not Donald Trump's.

After a campaign in which relations with Latinos became painfully raw –– the sort of tension that typically would...Read more

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty to murder, other charges in NY

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NEW YORK -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has landed in a place were he cannot escape and cannot do business, a dreaded stronghold in lower Manhattan that some call the "Guantanamo" of New York.

The Mexican drug kingpin is being held at least for now in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a featureless slab of mushroom-colored concrete just south...Read more

Gambian leader who once said only God could remove him cedes power under military pressure

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JOHANNESBURG -- Gambia's decades-long president, who tried to cling to power despite an election loss, was forced to leave office Friday after the country's military declared its loyalty to the new president, Adama Barrow.

After 22 years in power, Yahya Jammeh had come under intense pressure to leave, with Barrow sworn in Thursday with the ...Read more

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