WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of women, many wearing bright pink hats, marched in Washington on Saturday in a mass show of opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's agenda the day after the Republican businessman-turned-politician took office.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the first member of Republican President Donald Trump's cabinet on Friday, Jan. 20, voting overwhelmingly to approve retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense just hours after Trump was sworn in as commander-in-chief. The vote was 98-1. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the only no vote. She was also the only member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote against Mattis when the panel approved him by 26-1 earlier this week.
NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, Jan. 20, in a modest but broad-based advance as Donald Trump was sworn in as U.S. President, marking the first time in more than 50 years that a new commander-in-chief has been welcomed by a rising equity market on his first day in office. In his speech, Trump said U.S. policy will be to buy American and hire American, reiterating what he had said many times during this campaign for the White House.
NEW YORK - Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appeared in a U.S. court on Friday, Jan. 20, after his surprise extradition from Mexico and pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career. El Chapo (Spanish for "Shorty"), who twice made dramatic escapes from Mexican prisons and was one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was accompanied by two lawyers during the appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. air strike on Thursday targeting an al Qaeda training camp in Syria killed more than 100 militants, a U.S. defense official said on Friday, Jan. 20. The strike took place just a day before the end of President Barack Obama's presidency and a day after more than 80 Islamic State militants were killed in U.S. air strikes in Libya. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the air strike was primarily carried out by a B-52 bomber and dropped 14 munitions.
CANNON BALL, N.D. - Tensions have increased this week near the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline, with repeated clashes between protesters and police ahead of Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, an unabashed fan of the $3.8 billion project. Police used tear gas and fired bean-bag rounds to disperse crowds, and have arrested nearly 40 people since Monday, many of them on a bridge that has been the site of frequent confrontations, law enforcement officials said.
A small moth with a yellowish-white coif of scales has been named after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in honor of the former reality TV show host and real estate magnate's signature hairdo. The new species, dubbed Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, lives in a habitat that spans southern California and Mexico's Baja California and was named by evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari in an article published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 330 federal inmates, particularly drug offenders, on Thursday, Jan. 19, making his quest to reduce what he viewed as overly harsh punishments one of his final acts in office. Obama leaves the White House on Friday, when Republican President-elect Donald Trump will succeed him. The commutations were the most done in a single day, the White House said, and brought the total number of sentences reduced by Obama to 1,715.
HOUSTON, Texas -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday. His wife of 72 years, former first lady Barbara Bush, also was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, the office said in a statement.