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    Obama plane diverted from Palm Springs because of bad weather

    Barack Obama’s got nothing but time these days — but he probably didn’t plan to spend it in a holding pattern. Obama was forced to delay the start of his post-presidential life Friday after unusually bad weather in Southern California prevented the newly minted federal retiree and his family from landing at Palm Springs International Airport. Instead, the Obamas touched down at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, about 50 miles west of Palm Springs. They landed about 5:45 p.m. […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump becomes 45th President of the United States

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on 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. He arrived at the White House for the first time as President just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the […]

  • President-elect Donald Trump's wife Melania is escorted to her position on the platform at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, for Trump's swearing-in ceremony. / AFP / Mandel NGAN        (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fashion takes center stage at Trump Inauguration

    WASHINGTON — Melania Trump stepped out in a powder blue Ralph Lauren outfit that harkened back to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ iconic style. She also wore matching shoes and gloves for the inauguration of her husband, Donald Trump, on Friday. Her look drew comparisons to the outfit Jackie Kennedy wore to her husband’s inauguration in 1961. Ralph Lauren also did many of former first lady Hillary Clinton’s suits. The brand declined to comment on how the Ralph Lauren Collection came together, […]

  • President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus look on at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017.  (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump signs executive order on Obamacare

    President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. The executive order signed in the Oval Office is designed “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition from repeal and replace,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. Spicer did not respond when asked for further details. In addition to the presidential action on Obamacare, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus […]

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    World reacts as Donald Trump takes power

    WASHINGTON — On the streets, in small gatherings and in the halls of government, people around the globe weighed in on US President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, anticipating how the real estate tycoon’s policies may play out on the world stage. Here is some of the reaction — including opposition, support and even indifference: Belgium A Women’s March in Brussels elicited criticism of Trump’s offensive comments about women and alleged cases of sexual harassment. The demonstration drew participants from a […]

  • Donald Trump's Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis (C) arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Senate confirms Trump’s first Cabinet members

    WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s first Cabinet members Friday, formally approving his defense secretary and secretary of homeland security. The final vote to confirm retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Department of Defense was 98-1. New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the only senator to vote against him, with Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions — Trump’s pick for attorney general — abstaining. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly similarly sailed through for Homeland Security, though […]

  • Police officers push a group of demonstrators back before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday -- capping his improbable journey to the White House and beginning a four-year term that promises to shake up Washington and the world. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON        (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Over 200 demonstrators arrested after clashing with police at Trump inauguration

    WASHINGTON — At least six police officers were injured and more than 200 protesters were arrested after they smashed windows, damaged cars and threw rocks at police near Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Friday. The police officers were taken to the hospital for undetermined injuries after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo said. The injuries are nonlife threatening. After the swearing-in ceremony, demonstrators were throwing rocks and bottles at police, who were in riot gear and attempting to […]

  • US President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch President Donald Trump’s full inauguration address

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump promised a new era guided by one principle — “only America first” — moments after being sworn in as the nation’s 45th commander-in-chief. But Friday’s transfer of power from President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration to Trump’s nationalist Republican presidency featured many more symbolic moments from the former and new presidents and their families. Here are memorable moments from Inauguration Day: Trump takes the oath of office At noon Friday, Trump placed his left hand on […]

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    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 lifetime Secret Service protection as well as allowances for things such as travel, office expenses, communications and health care coverage. All those extra expenses […]

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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 […]

  • The @POTUS Twitter account as it looked shortly after Donald Trump took the oath of office. The header image is from Barack Obama's inauguration.

    Trump @POTUS Twitter account used photo from Obama inauguration

    WASHINGTON — Although the @POTUS Twitter account changed hands from Barack Obama to Donald Trump a minute after noon on Friday, Obama’s presence lingered for about an hour longer. The Twitter header image on the unveiled account showed a crowd at an inauguration waving American flags. That image is a photo Getty Images photo taken at Obama’s inauguration in 2009. It was taken by photographer Carter Dayne, who made it available as a stock photo. An hour later, the background […]

  • US President Barack Obama waves as he walks through the colonnade as he departs the Oval Office for the last time as president, at the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2017.  / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Government website references to Obama vanish

    WASHINGTON — Not only have the White House website and Twitter accounts swapped out former President Barack Obama for President Donald Trump, but cabinet departments no longer make any reference to the previous administration. The Department of Defense’s website features its caretaker leader, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, as its highest official. That’s likely to change soon, upon the expected Friday confirmation of Trump’s defense secretary nominee, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. Similarly, the Department of Labor lists as […]