--Hours from now, Donald Trump takes the oath of office as 45th President of the US. Friday morning, the President elect and family attend a church service; then the incoming and outgoing presidents will ride together down Pennsylvania Avenue to the West Front of the Capitol, where Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office.
--Trump promised "real change" as he spoke to supporters at the Lincoln Memorial on inauguration eve. Trump and Vice President elect Mike Pence attended a pre-inauguration dinner and Trump said "this was a victory for all of us." Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump has completed Friday's inaugural address, and it will be an "elegant, beautiful, powerful and brief speech."
President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday. The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America's third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, will serve as acting chiefs of their agencies until successors for the top jobs are confirmed by the Senate, Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said.
Those protesting the presidency of Donald Trump gathered in cities across the U.S. Thursday, but especially large turnouts were in New York and the nation's capitol. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined celebrities, community activists and elected officials on the eve of President-elect Trump's inauguration to rally for various issues and rights protections. The demonstration included the Rev. Al Sharpton, Cher and actors Mark Ruffalo, Robert DeNiro, Shailene Woodley, Rosie Perez and Alec Baldwin, as well as advocacy groups. In Washington, thousands of protesters chanted “We refuse a facist America” and calling both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence “illegitimate.” Demonstrators took over the K Street corridor just blocks away from the White House.
In the morning, the President and the First Lady will welcome President-elect Trump and Mrs. Trump at the North Portico. The President and the First Lady will host a tea and coffee reception with President-elect Trump and Mrs. Trump in the Blue Room. Afterward, the President and the First Lady will depart the White House en route the U.S. Capitol with President-elect Trump and Mrs. Trump. In the afternoon, the President will attend the Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony for President-elect Trump. The Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect Pence, and Mrs. Pence will also attend. Later in the afternoon, President Obama and Mrs. Obama will depart the U.S. Capitol en route Joint Base Andrews. While at Joint Base Andrews, President Obama will deliver remarks at a farewell event with staff. Afterward, President Obama and Mrs. Obama will depart Joint Base Andrews en route Palm Springs, California.
Whisked away in a jet from Mexico to New York, to face trafficking and other charges: the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman...known as "El Chapo." He's wanted in several US cities, but the drug lord will be prosecuted first in a case out of Brooklyn. The just-retired deputy DEA Administrator Jack Riley, who helped bring a case against El Chapo in Chicago, calls the extradition the best day of his life because he said "I know how how many this guy has led to die. Today people died because of him because of heroin."
At least one person is dead, and a number are injured in Melbourne, Australia after a car driove through crowd. Police aren't yet sure of the circumstances of the crash.
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A family spokesman says the former president is resting comfortably and doctors hope to move him from the ICU in a few days. Former First Lady Barbara Bush said to be feeling “1000% better” as she receives treatment for bronchitis. Thursday afternoon, Mr. Bush tweeted congratulations to Jeff Bagwell on his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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As suspected Orlando cop killer Markeith Loyd was captured, police chopper video showed that he was crawling on the ground towards a group of officers, after which he appeared to be kicked in the head by at least one officer. Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Thursday called the camera pulling away "concerning" and said the use of force will be investigated. Prosecutors announced Thursday night the charges against Loyd in relation to Lt. Clayton's murder: First-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest. Loyd did not enter a plea during a hearing on Thursday.
Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.
The Raiders have filed their relocation paperwork with the NFL to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the league announced in a statement Thursday. The move was anticipated. It's not a done deal. The team will need 24 votes from NFL owners to finalize a move to Nevada. That vote could come as early as March.
Miguel Ferrer, star of "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Crossing Jordan," has died of cancer, according to a statement. He was 61.