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  • US 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 credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump signs executive order on Obamacare

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Within hours of taking the oath of office, 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 multi-part executive order stated that the administration’s official policy is “to seek the prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act — but at the same time emphasized that his administration must continue to uphold the law. With his signature, Trump sent a powerful […]

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    Trump becomes 45th President of United States

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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 […]

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

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    Group of survivors found buried in avalanche at hotel in Italy

    PENNE, Italy (CNN) — Rescuers have found six people alive under snow at the site of the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy, the local fire department said. An official with the department, Luca Carie told CNN the rescuers are in contact with the group but are yet to reach them. Up to 30 people are feared trapped in four-star Hotel Rigopiano, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain about 135 kilometers (85 miles) northeast of Rome. […]

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    Inauguration Day: Washington prepares for Donald Trump’s big moment

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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 […]

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    Washington prepares for Donald Trump’s big moment

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump has arrived in Washington — and he’s going to be here for at least four years. The reality of the moment, that the real estate mogul and reality show star will recite the oath of office Friday, is finally taking hold. At noon Friday, the most divisive campaign in recent history — and a similarly contentious transition period, marked by Trump’s attacks on Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, and dozens of House Democrats […]

  • WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: (AFP OUT)  U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks on the colonnade with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the first visit for Barack Obama to the White House before he is sworn into office as President of the United States.  First lady Laura Bush took soon to be first lady Michelle Obama on a tour of the White House as the President and Mr. Obama walked along the colonnade to the Oval Office where they will have a meeting. On January 20th Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.  (Photo by Gary Fabiano-Pool/Getty Images)

    Bush library releases presidential notes of encouragement

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — On the eve of President Barack Obama handing off the reins of power to his successor, Donald Trump, the George W. Bush Presidential Library has released the letters that former President Bill Clinton and Bush penned to their successors. The library on Thursday released the notes the 42nd and 43rd presidents wrote on the final day of their presidencies, a ritual that Obama will fulfill on Friday. Both Clinton and Bush congratulated their successors and remarked on […]

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    Thousands of Skittles intended for cattle feed spill on Wisconsin highway

    DODGE COUNTY, Wis. – This story starts out about Skittles — but ends up being about cows! The well-known candy was spilled all over County Highway S near Blackbird Road. They were discovered shortly before 9:00 p.m. No one knew where the candy came from or where it was going, but county road crews said the Skittles spill was actually helpful, as the roads in the area have been icy and the thousands of little candies improved traction. So that’s one […]

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    Woman says bacon helped her celebrate 109 years

    MARSHALL, Ill. — A 109-year-old woman from southern Illinois has some advice for living a long life. “I never smoked a cigarette in my life, I never drank liquor in my life, and I had one husband for 43 years,” said Ruth Benjamin. “And I love bacon! Ruth just celebrated her 109th birthday. She was born in 1908 as one of her parents’ six children. Later in life, she worked at Quakemaid in Terre Haute for 43 years. While her life […]