Anti-Trump protesters block some entry points to inauguration
By Ian Simpson and Scott Malone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Liberal activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration scuffled with police in Washington on Friday and temporarily blocked some of the Republican real estate developer's supporters streaming in for the ceremony. About 900,000 people were expected to pack the grassy National Mall facing the Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in, as well as the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and other parts of central Washington. One of the signs carried by the group read "Make Racists Afraid Again." The Disrupt J20 protest organizer Alli McCracken, 28, of Washington, said the group was voicing its displeasure over Trump's controversial comments about women, illegal immigrants and Muslims.
Animal treatment questions cancel 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? This weekend's premiere of "A Dog's Purpose" has been canceled following the release of a video that appears to show a frightened dog being forced into churning water during production of the film.
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' faces life sentence in U.S. prison
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison if convicted on charges he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. El Chapo (Shorty), once one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was set to appear at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) in federal court in Brooklyn to be arraigned on 17 criminal counts, a day after his surprise extradition from Mexico. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, Robert Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference.
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Trump at White House for last meeting with Obama
Obama and First Lady Michelle greeted the Republican billionaire leader-in-waiting and his wife Melania on the steps of the presidential mansion. "Mr President-elect, how are you?" Obama asked. The two couples headed inside for traditional tea and coffee with their vice presidents and congressional leaders -- but not before a mini-commotion caused by an unexpected gift from the incoming first lady to her predecessor.
Medical examiner: 3 of 6 victims from plane crash identifiedCLEVELAND (AP) ? The recovered remains of three of the six people killed when a plane crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland last month have been identified, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Friday.
'It all begins today!' Trump readies to be sworn in as president
Donald Trump took the first ceremonial steps before being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday -- ushering in a new political era that has been cheered and feared in equal measure. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!" the Republican billionaire tweeted before tracing his predecessors' steps to St. John's Church and the White House. There he was greeted warmly by President Barack Obama, capping a transfer of power that has been peaceful yet rancorous.
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'The work begins!': Trump to be sworn in as U.S. president
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump began the ceremonial events leading up to his swearing-in later on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, when he will take power over a divided country after a bitter campaign and set the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad. Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. "It all begins today!" Trump, a Republican, wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. "I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in.
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