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    New moth named in honor of Donald Trump

    No doubt Donald Trump will be showered with honors at his inauguration, but none will be quite as unique as this little moth. A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after our new president. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico. It seems nature favors fancy golden hairdos as much as the man himself, because the N. donaldtrumpi sports a very familiar-looking crown of yellowish scales. When he […]

  • FAYETTEVILLE, NC - DECEMBER 06:  President-elect Donald Trump shakes the hand of retired U.S. Marine General James Mattis after naming him Secretary of Defense  at Crown Coliseum on December 6, 2016 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Trump took time off from selecting the cabinet for his incoming administration to celebrate his victory in the general election. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

    Senate confirms Trump’s first Cabinet member

      WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s first Cabinet member Friday, formally approving his defense secretary. As the Senate voted on retired Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary, he easily cleared the 50-vote majority threshold. New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first and so far only senator to vote against him. The Senate was set to vote next on retired Gen. John Kelly for homeland security secretary. The Senate was not expected to consider Kansas Rep. […]

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    Trump administration suspends mortgage premium rate cut

      NEW YORK– The freshly-inaugurated Trump administration has halted a cut to the FHA mortgage insurance premium that Obama’s team announced during his final days in office. The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday that the reduction to the annual mortgage insurance premiums borrowers pay when taking out government-backed home loans has been “suspended indefinitely.” The cut, at a quarter of a percentage point, would have saved homeowners an average of $500 this year, according to the Federal […]

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    ‘I wanted to leave my mark,’ Teen with terminal cancer has one final request

    CANADA -17-year-old Rebecca Schofield has three months to a year to live, doctors say. The bold Canadian teen in Riverview, New Brunswick, has cancer, and a final request. “I wanted to leave my mark. I wanted to do my part to change the world,” she says. After almost two years of chemotherapy, brain surgery and radiation, doctors told her the grim prognosis. Rebecca says that’s when she decided to come up with a bucket list. Rebecca encourages acts of kindness […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President-elect Donald J. Trump and first lady-elect Melania Trump depart St. John's Church on Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today.  (Photo by Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images)

    PHOTOS: Images captured from President Trump’s inauguration

      WASHINGTON – It was a big day in Washington, D.C. as Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. President Trump, former President Barack Obama and their families are at the Capitol as the inauguration ceremony is underway. The traditions of the day began unfolding early Friday morning. Trump and his family attended a private worship service at St. John’s Church, known as the church of presidents. The Obamas greeted Trump and First […]

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    Trump becomes 45th President of the United States

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. In a time honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. As light rain began […]

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    President Trump signs nomination for Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt to head EPA

    WASHINGTON – After being officially announced as President of the United States, Trump sat down at Capitol Hill to take his first official actions as the commander-in-chief. He signed a waiver allowing former Gen. James Mattis to become secretary of defense; a proclamation of a national day of patriotism; and nominations for his Cabinet. Huddled around him were his family and the top-ranking members of Congress — and Trump immediately began schmoozing, handing out the pens he used to sign […]

  • Former President Barack Obama waves as he departs the inauguration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. President-Elect Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

    Here’s how much Obama’s pension is worth

    NEW YORK — At noon on Friday, 55-year old Barack Obama became a federal retiree. His pension payment will be $207,800 for the upcoming year, about half of his presidential salary. Obama and every other former president also get seven months of “transition” services to help adjust to post-presidential life. The ex-Commander in Chief also gets get lifetime Secret Service protection as well as allowances for things such as travel, office expenses, communications and health care coverage. All those extra […]

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    Police: Several protesters arrested in Washington for damaging businesses, vehicles

    WASHINGTON — A pair of police officers were injured and “numerous” protesters arrested after they engaged in scattered acts of vandalism at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday in Washington, D.C., the police said. Two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital for undetermined injuries after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN. The injuries are non-life threatening. Protesters “acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of […]

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    President Donald Trump signs first bill into law

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed his first bill into law Friday, moments after being sworn in, clearing the way for his defense secretary to be confirmed. The 45th President signed a bill passed by Congress earlier this month that would allow retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary by waiving the legal requirement that he be out of the military for seven years before doing so, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Mattis will still […]

  • At least one person has died and many others are feared dead after an avalanche buried a hotel in central Italy following a series of earthquakes.

    Italy avalanche: 6 people found alive in buried hotel, 2 rescued

    PENNE, Italy — Two people buried in an avalanche-hit Italian mountain hotel have been rescued, while another four survivors are still inside, according to Marco Bini from the Italian financial police’s alpine rescue team. Bini told CNN that the two people have been taken to hospital in nearby Pescara while rescuers work to retrieve the remaining four. He also said that an additional two or three people have been found but rescuers are still not sure if they are alive. […]