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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 […]

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    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. […]

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    Obama tweets final message from White House

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tweeted the American people in his final hours as head of state promising to continue his work with them, and unveiling a new website. “It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man,” he said. It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man. — President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017 His post-White […]

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    Trump’s historic moment arrives

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is hours away from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States during a historic transfer of power that encapsulates American democracy even in politically divisive times. The 70-year-old Republican will take the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol just before noon, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. That moment will mark the culmination of a stunning upset victory in last year’s bitter presidential election. The real […]

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    Donald Trump Inauguration Day schedule: What you need to know

    Welcome to Inauguration Day where Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Here’s what’s on his schedule: All times EST 8:30 a.m. President-elect Trump will attend a church service with his family. Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family will also join the soon-to-be first family along with Cabinet designees, other family members and friends. Where? Saint John’s Church, across the street from the White House. 9:30 a.m. Trump will attend a […]

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    Extradited ‘El Chapo’ Guzman arrives in US; hearing set for Friday

    Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a legend in Mexico through his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, arrived late Thursday in New York after his extradition to the United States. Guzman will appear Friday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will stand trial at a later date. Stringent security measures were being put in place around the Manhattan jail where Guzman is to be held, a law enforcement source said. The […]

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    Skin cancer cream could kill your pet, FDA warns

    The Food and Drug Administration warned pet owners Wednesday dogs, cats and other animals may die if exposed to skin cancer creams. It may be sold under the names Carac, Efudex and Fluoroplex, all of which contain the active ingredient fluorouracil, also known as 5-FU, and it may be a danger to pets. The FDA received reports of five dogs becoming ill and dying after consuming skin creams containing fluorouracil. The FDA is warning pet owners that skin cancer cream […]

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    Sheriff’s office finally solves mystery of how thousands of red Skittles ended up on icy highway

    DODGE COUNTY, Wis. – A sheriff’s office is Wisconsin finally solved the mystery of how thousands of Skittles ended up on an icy highway. A rural county in southeast Wisconsin had a sweet, sticky mystery along a highway earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands of red Skittles were found spilled on a road in Dodge County. “There’s no little ‘S’ on them, but you can definitely smell, it’s a distinct Skittles smell,” Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told CNN affiliate […]

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    Government sues America’s largest student loan company for cheating borrowers

    WASHINGTON – Sallie Mae has long drawn the ire of student loan borrowers struggling to pay back their debt. But as it turns out, they might have had a real reason to complain. On Wednesday, the federal government sued Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, for allegedly cheating borrowers out of their repayment rights. And two additional lawsuits, filed by Attorneys General in Illinois and Washington, named both Navient and Sallie Mae. The two companies handle student loan payments from […]

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    ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ director and actor respond to ‘disturbing’ video of dog

    The director and one of the actors behind the upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” took to social media to voice their disgust after a video from the movie’s set appeared to show a dog in distress while filming a stunt. On Wednesday, TMZ published a minute-long video that showed a German Shepherd unwilling to perform a stunt in rushing water and in danger of drowning when eventually submerged in the pool. Actor Josh Gad, who voices the titular dog in the […]

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    Obama Pentagon chief: I did not recommend Manning commutation

    WASHINGTON — Ash Carter, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, did not agree with one of Obama’s final decisions as President: commuting the sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. “All I’ll say about the Manning case is I did not support the direction the President went. But he’s made his decision,” Carter told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview that aired Thursday on “New Day.” “That was not my recommendation.” Obama on Tuesday chose to commute the sentence of the former […]