GEORGE HW BUSH
Former President George H.W. Bush is said to be responding well to treatments after spending a few days at a Houston hospital for shortness of breath. Former President Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Saturday and doctors hope to have him discharged from the hospital soon.
Two days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President, President Obama holds the final news conference of his presidency (2:15pm ET).
OBAMA POLL (***EMBARGOED TIL 1/18 7:00AM ET***)
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates 51% of Americans think President Obama will go down in history as an above-average President. He's ending his presidency with the highest overall job approval rating since June 2009
President Obama granted commutations of sentence to 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others. That list includes Chelsea Manning who was arrested after leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but the transgender former solider will now be released in May. Republican lawmakers were quick to blast the move; House speaker Paul Ryan tweeting: "This is just outrageous. Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets."
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended a dinner in DC aimed at introducing foreign diplomats to the incoming administration. Trump said "We have great respect for your countries; we have great respect for our world."
--Sparks could fly at the Wednesday (10 am) hearing for Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) on his nomination for Health & Human Services Secretary. Democrats are expected to press Price for details about his investments in health stocks at a time he pushed legislation that could have affected those stock prices.
--At her confirmation hearing as Education Secretary, billionaire Betsy DeVos said she would be a "strong advocate for great public schools." But she would not offer direct assurance that public school funding would not flow to private options.
--He says he doesn't believe climate change is a hoax, but Congressman Ryan Zinke ..at a confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Interior... said "I think where there's debate on it is what that influence is, what can we do about it."
ORLANDO OFFICER KILLED
Captured! A suspected cop killer is in custody in Orlando. Markeith Loyd was wanted for gunning down Lt. Debra Clayton outside a Walmart last week. He was wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Police say Loyd was captured in an abandoned house, wearing body armor and carrying two guns.
Three earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year. There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were felt as far away as Rome, where the subway was closed as a precaution and parents were asked to pick up their children from schools. The first tremor, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and 10 minutes later a third was measured at magnitude 5.3.
The first storm is already wreaking havoc in Washington and Oregon. Overnight there were multiple accidents and several interstates were closed due to flipped semis. Flooding was reported in the Seattle suburbs. The ice storm slightly under performed in the city of Portland with minimal damage and power outages. Now Portland is warming up as Pacific mild rain moves in. The rain will be very heavy in Portland and Oregon with flooding possible later today into tonight. This wet Pacific flow moves into California today, bringing heavy rain and wind to Bay Area. Several rounds of heavy rain are also expected in the LA area starting later today into Thursday and then again later this week.
ORLANDO CLUB SHOOTING
There will be another arraignment Wednesday morning in Oakland, as Noor Salman figures out her financial situation/counsel. Currently, she is being provisionally represented by public defender, John Paul Richmond. On Tuesday, Salman made a court appearance in Oakland on charges that she aided her husband in the attack and obstructed the law enforcement investigation.
American Greg Krentzman, who was injured in the Nice attack 6 months ago, finally made it back home in the US on Monday, according to a post on his Facebook page. France 3 also reports that Krentzman met with the Frenchman who helped him the night of the attack, last week.