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  • Gambia's defense chief supports new president

    A Gambian Presidential aircraft is parked on the tarmac of Baunjul'a airport, in Gambia, Friday Jan. 20, 2016. The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania have arrived in Gambia's capital in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power to Adama Barrow who was sworn in as Gambian President Thursday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The chief of Gambia's defense forces pledged his allegiance Friday to the new president, while the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania tried to persuade the defeated one to cede power in the West African nation.


  • Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president

    Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) 'WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.


  • The Latest: Trump says 'we will determine' America's course

    Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times EST):


  • Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration

    Demonstrators sit near a security checkpoint as police officers let people pass to the inauguration, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police deployed pepper spray in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as protesters registered their rage against the new president.


  • Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

    Soldiers walk at the airport after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for transportation to the U.S. on Thursday, the last day of President Barack Obama's administration and a day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration.


  • Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. president

    U.S. President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad. As scattered protests erupted elsewhere in Washington, Trump raised his right hand and put his left on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated a 35-word oath of office from the U.S. Constitution, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. At Trump's side was his wife, Melania Trump.


  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' faces charges in US court

    Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "El Chapo" (C) is escorted in Ciudad Juarez by the Mexican police as he is extradited to the United StatesMexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, appears before a US court on Friday to answer drug trafficking, firearms and conspiracy charges that could see him jailed for life. Extradited by Mexico on Thursday, he was flown to Long Island where he arrived after nightfall to be transported under a heavily armed escort to New York, where his arraignment will take place in a federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors hailed his extradition as a milestone in US efforts to bring the 59-year-old drug baron to justice, rushing out the announcement in the final hours before Donald Trump takes the oath of office as president.


  • IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

    This satellite image released by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 as captured by DigitalGlobe shows the Roman theater at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra, Syria with red denoting area of new damages on Jan. 10, 2017. Islamic State group militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. (ASOR/ DigitalGlobe via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.


  • Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium site

    Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium siteA British man fell to his death this week at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament. ...


  • Many still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse

    Iranian firefighters help their colleague during debris removal of the Plasco building which caught fire and collapsed on Thursday, in central Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Scores of workers and dozens of trucks were searching the ruins Friday, a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.


  • Animal treatment questions cancel 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere

    This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dennis Quaid with a dog, voiced by Josh Gad, in a scene from "A Dog's Purpose." A spokesman for American Humane said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 that it has suspended its safety representative who worked on the set of the film when a frightened German shepherd, not shown, was forced into churning waters. (Joe Lederer/Universal Pictures via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — This weekend's premiere of "A Dog's Purpose" has been canceled following the release of a video that appears to show a frightened dog being forced into churning water during production of the film.


  • Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy CLEVELAND (AP) — A new crisis policy for Cleveland police will allow officers with specialized training to refer some people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to hospitals and treatment facilities rather than arrest them for minor crimes.
  • New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

    FILE - In this May 4, 2016, file photo, visitors walk by a Takata Corp. desk at an automaker's showroom in Tokyo. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced a lawsuit against Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of auto makers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators. The attorney general’s office argues in a lawsuit being filed Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 that the manufacturers had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that concealment of air bag defects amounted to unfair, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices under New Mexico law. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced a lawsuit against Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators.


  • Adele to perform at the Grammy Awards next month

    FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo shows Adele onstage at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London. The Recording Academy announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, that Adele will perform at the Feb. 12 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Previously announced performers include Metallica, Carrie Underwood, John Legend and Keith Urban.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Adele is set to take the stage at next month's Grammy Awards, where she is nominated for album, song and record of the year.


  • Ford expects $2B net income drop due to pension change

    This Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. Ford Motor Co. says a change in the way it values pension assets will cut 2016 full-year net income by $2 billion. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford says that a change in the way it values pension obligations will cut its 2016 net income by $2 billion.


  • Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — It took about 34 years, but a sailor finally got a response to a message he stuffed into a plastic bottle and tossed into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration

    The U.S. Embassy building is reflected in a window of a Russian military outerwear shop "Armia Rossii" (Russian Army) displaying a poster of Donald Trump, in downtown Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, hours ahead of Donald Trump being sworn in as president of the United States, The poster reads: "10 percent discount to the embassy employees and US citizens on the Inauguration Day". (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.


  • Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

    This frame from video shows Italian firefighters extracting a boy alive from under snow and debris of an hotel that was hit by an avalanche on Wednesday, in Rigopiano, central Italy, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Italian Firefighters/ANSA via AP)FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors Friday from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the resort. Two children were among the 10 found alive.


  • Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

    President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as first lady Michelle Obama and Melania Trump talk at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed so many Hillary Clinton pantsuits, on Inauguration Day.


  • Prosecutor: Extradition of El Chapo is milestone for justice

    Prosecutor: Extradition of El Chapo is milestone for justiceSaying 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 ...


  • Anti-Trump protests turn violent ahead of inauguration

    A supporter of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carries a flag bearing Trump's likeness into a march of protesters against Trump along the inaugural parade route outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Scott Malone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Black-clad activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. About 900,000 people were expected to pack the grassy National Mall facing the Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in at midday (1700 GMT), as well as the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and nearby areas. "The message I want to send is that Trump does not represent this country.


  • US airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, a defense official said Friday.
  • 'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era

    FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama sings "Jingle Bells" with James Taylor and others during the lighting ceremony for the 2016 National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington. Taylor, on vacation in French Polynesia, posted a video online Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, bemoaning the end of the Obama era, saying, "Hi, it's James on the last day of the Obama administration, and it feels like it's raining all over the world." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)BOSTON (AP) — Half a world away from Washington, James Taylor is greeting fans with a video bemoaning the end of the Obama era.


  • Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria ISTANBUL (AP) — The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said.
  • Ten survivors found or rescued from Italy hotel: firefighters

    Firefighters join the rescue operation on January 20, 2017 near the village of Penne, in earthquake-ravaged central Italy, after an avalanche engulfed the Rigopiano mountain hotel in nearby FarindolaPenne (Italy) (AFP) - A total of 10 survivors were found Friday in the ruins of an avalanche-hit hotel in central Italy, the national spokesman for the fire service said, clarifying earlier confused tallies.


  • DeVos finalizes ethics disclosure ahead of confirmation vote

    Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos has finalized her financial and ethics disclosures, paving the way for senators to vote on her confirmation next week.


  • The Latest: Man reunites with wife, son after avalanche

    A rescue helicopter approaches the area in Rigopiano, central Italy, where a hotel has been buried under an avalanche on Wednesday, to recover some people who have been reportedly extracted alive from the debris, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo Gregorio Borgia)FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy (all times local):


  • Breast implant victims win 60 mn-euro payout from German safety body

    A breast implant manufactured by French implant manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese (PIP)A French court on Friday ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay 60 million euros ($64 million) in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved. TUV Rhineland was ordered to make a provisional payment of 3,000 euros to each plaintiff for certifying that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) met safety standards. "The final amount will be determined after an assessment, but (TUV) is required to make a provisional payment of 3,000 euros" per person, said lawyer Laurent Gaudon, representing 7,000 women.


  • Vandalism erupts at anti-Trump protest

    A protest sign is pictured before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DCPolice fired gas to disperse protesters after stones were thrown and windows broken in Washington on Friday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. As Trump, his supporters, former presidents and other dignitaries gathered on the National Mall for the swearing-in ceremony, opponents marched in nearby streets and were confronted by a heavy police presence. Most of the noisy protests -- including those by an array of anti-racist, feminist, pro-immigration, anti-war and marijuana legalization groups -- were peaceful.


  • The Latest: US found out about El Chapo extradition Thursday

    The Latest: US found out about El Chapo extradition ThursdayThe Latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman facing drug trafficking and other charges in the United States (all times local): 11:05 a.m. U.S. officials say they didn't learn until ...


  • Donald Trump set to be sworn in as US president

    Barack Obama (right) pictured with Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017Donald Trump was on the cusp of taking power as the 45th president of the United States Friday -- ushering in a new political era that has been cheered and feared in equal measure. "Mr President-elect, how are you?" Obama asked his successor, after having deposited a letter in the Resolute desk and left the Oval Office for the last time. After morning tea, Trump, Obama and their wives Melania and Michelle traveled the 2.5 miles (four kilometers) down Pennsylvania Avenue to the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.


  • Happy or miserable, Americans flock to watch Trump inauguration

    Members of the public fill the Mall and the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017, before the swearing-in ceremony of US President-elect Donald TrumpDelighted or appalled by Donald Trump, throngs of people crowded the National Mall Friday to witness the singular moment of his swearing-in as US president and the world's most powerful man. The happy ones, many wearing colorful garb with the slogans or face of their man, welcomed Trump as an overdue agent of change in a nation in need of a political and economic makeover. "It is a very momentous time in my life," Steve McDonald, a 52-year-old carpet dealer from Pennsylvania, said as he walked toward the white, domed Capitol building on a cold, drizzly morning to watch Trump take the oath of office amid very tight security for the tickets-only ceremony at noon Friday.


  • Mexico drug lord 'El Chapo' faces life in US prison after extradition

    Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New YorkBy Nate Raymond and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison if convicted on charges he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. El Chapo, once one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was set to appear at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) in federal court in Brooklyn to be arraigned on 17 criminal counts, a day after his surprise extradition from Mexico. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, Robert Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference.


  • Dow industrials turn higher after 5 straight losses

    FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. Global shares were steady in cautious trading Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. China's report that its economy grew at a 6.8 percent pace in October-December was in line with expectations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in morning trading Friday ahead of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Phone company stocks led the gainers. Energy stocks also rose as oil prices headed higher. Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of company earnings and outlooks.


  • Trumbo, Orioles reach $37.5 million, 3-year deal

    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Mark Trumbo bats during the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Baltimore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep Trumbo. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night, Jan. 19, because the agreement is contingent on Trumbo passing a physical. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)The Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep major league home run champion Mark Trumbo.


  • Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

    FILE- In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki attends a session of the Supreme Court in Brasilia, Brazil. Zavascki's son said that his father was on a plane that crashed off the coast of the city in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.


  • Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration

    CORRECTS DATE - General view of the town of Sevnica, Slovenia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The inauguration of Donald Trump is a big thing for a small town in Slovenia where the future U.S. first lady traces her roots. Starting Friday, the industrial town of Sevnica plans three days of events to mark the inauguration and welcome all guests wishing to see where Melania Trump grew up. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)SEVNICA, Slovenia (AP) — The inauguration of Donald Trump is a big thing for a small town in Slovenia where the future U.S. first lady traces her roots.


  • Italian firefighting spokesman: Total of 10 people found alive in avalanche hotel rubble so far FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Italian firefighting spokesman: Total of 10 people found alive in avalanche hotel rubble so far.
  • Samsung probe 'finds faulty batteries triggered fires'

    Samsung was forced to discontinue its flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fireA Samsung probe into the exploding batteries that forced the electronics giant to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has found irregularly sized batteries caused overheating, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The South Korean conglomerate was forced to discontinue its flagship Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fire, with the debacle costing the company billions in lost profit and reputational damage. Samsung is set to unveil the results of its investigation Monday, but sources told the WSJ that the findings indicated some of the problematic batteries were irregularly sized, causing overheating, while others had manufacturing problems.


  • Gambia's Jammeh faces last chance deadline to quietly quit

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been told to stand down after 22 years in powerGambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance" to hand over power peacefully Friday as troops from five African nations stood by to intervene and key regional leaders flew in to make a final push for a deal. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to the country's handover crisis as they left for Banjul from Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his defeat in presidential elections last month, would be offered asylum in the country of his choice, Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said in the Guinean capital Conakry.