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The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect admits shooting officer, woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:41pm

The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in a town outside New Orleans (all times local):

Trump takes charge, signs 1st executive order as assertive but untested 45th US president

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:39pm

Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

Michigan says 38 underperforming public schools could close

David Eggert and Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:01pm

Michigan announced Friday that it plans to close up to 38 underperforming schools in Detroit and other urban communities, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons.

California flood sweeps cabins, cars down coastal canyon

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:01pm

More than 20 people escaped injury Friday when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains.

Panel delays vote on DeVos nomination as education secretary

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:01pm

Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos has pledged to divest her interests in more than 100 companies and has resigned positions with school choice advocacy groups to avoid possible conflicts of interest, according to documents released Friday by the Office of Government Ethics.

Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

Jessica Gresko, Michael Biesecker and Jack Gillum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:52pm

Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump's formal procession and evening balls.

Researcher who lost arm in blast sues University of Hawaii

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:43pm

A postdoctoral fellow who lost her right arm in a University of Hawaii laboratory explosion has sued the school and the researchers she worked for.

Senate confirms Trump's picks for defense, homeland security

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:31pm

The Republican-led Senate, taking little time to fill two critical national security posts, overwhelmingly confirmed a pair of retired Marine generals tapped by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon and secure America's borders.

Device with propane tank explodes, damages police cruiser

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:21pm

An explosive device with a propane tank blew up near a police cruiser on Friday in what appears to be a deliberate act, police said.

Officials: Man wounded in shooting involving Florida deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:21pm

Authorities say a man has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a shooting that involved a Florida deputy.

Hatch serves as designated survivor at Trump's inauguration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:01pm

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch stayed away from Donald Trump's inauguration at the new president's request.

Hawaii mother's airplane child assault conviction overturned

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:43pm

A federal judge on Friday overturned the conviction of a mother found guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska.

Vice President Pence swears in Mattis as defense secretary, Kelly as homeland security secretary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:40pm

Vice President Pence swears in Mattis as defense secretary, Kelly as homeland security secretary.

Judge won't toss charges against Wisconsin college student

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:40pm

A judge refused on Friday to dismiss four charges against a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing women, rejecting his attorneys' claim that some of his actions were no worse than "Happy Days" television character Arthur Fonzarelli's flirtatious antics.

Police: Suspect in slaying of officer and woman shoots himself following standoff on New Orleans bridge; still alive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:30pm

Police: Suspect in slaying of officer and woman shoots himself following standoff on New Orleans bridge; still alive.

White House says Trump chief of staff Priebus to issue government-wide order immediately freezing regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:21pm

White House says Trump chief of staff Priebus to issue government-wide order immediately freezing regulations.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:20pm

Spokesman: Trump signs executive order ordering federal agencies to ease burden of Affordable Care Act.

Western drought watchers eye Lake Mead water level

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:11pm

Arizona would be the first state to feel the effects of Colorado River cutbacks if the water level continues to fall at drought-stricken Lake Mead, an environmental advocacy group says in a new report.

El Chapo is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists

Tom Hays and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:11pm

In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.