Pope urges Trump to show concern for poor, be guided by ethical valuesPope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be guided by ethical values and as he took office on Friday, saying he must take care of the poor and the outcast during his time in office. "At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation?s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide," Francis said in a message sent to Trump minutes after he was inaugurated. "Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need ...," Francis said in the message released by the Vatican.
Santiago Casilla returns to A's on $11M, 2-year contract
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? No hard feelings about leaving San Francisco for Santiago Casilla. He is focused on his second stint with Oakland, the place the hard-throwing reliever received his big league start.
Factbox: Trump's presidency prompts some notes of caution from foreign leaders(Reuters) - Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president on Friday was greeted with notes of caution by some foreign leaders. Here is some of the reaction: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto congratulated Trump on his inauguration, saying he would like to strengthen ties, but that sovereignty, national interest and protection of Mexicans would be paramount. Pena Nieto, criticized for meeting Trump last year even after the New York businessman had insulted Mexicans in his election campaign, said on Twitter he would seek "respectful" dialogue with the new U.S. government.[nL1N1FA1G8] Canada's government, eager to sidestep potentially protectionist U.S. policies, said it was confident Trump would see that working closely with Canada benefited both nations.
Pro-cannabis group hands out thousands of free joints in Washington
Hundreds of people dispersed through the streets of Washington on Friday during the inauguration of Donald Trump to hand out thousands of free joints and raise public awareness about cannabis consumption. Amsterdam, who looks rather like a biker, said his main hope is that the new administration will keep its hands off the city's legalization of cannabis. Trump's nominee as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is a critic of legalization.
'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) ? With cheers of "Bravo! Bravo!" rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after massive snow slide buried some 30 people. Four children were among the 10 people found alive ? and one asked for cookies when she got out.
Confrontation near parade route escalates, pepper spray used
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers.
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Floating strip club owner says he was unfairly targetedANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? An Alaska man convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor while operating a floating strip club said Friday he plans to appeal whatever sentence is imposed Friday afternoon.
LaBeouf leads with 'will not divide us' on Inauguration Day
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