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Vice-President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice-President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

WASHINGTON — Vice-President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation's second-highest office.
Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues

Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues

WASHINGTON — Troops in riot gear lined the streets of the nation's capitol, but there were no crowds. Armored vehicles and concrete barriers blocked the empty streets around the U.S. Capitol.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

NEW YORK — Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew." In language referencing Biblical scripture and at times echoing the oratory of John F.
Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed'

Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed'

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his pr
On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus

On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus

WASHINGTON — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that will reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and han
Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 3

Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 3

MADRID — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing at least three people and ripping the facade off the structure.
Indian village cheers for Harris during swearing-in as US VP

Indian village cheers for Harris during swearing-in as US VP

THULASENDRAPURAM, India — Residents of a tiny Indian village surrounded by rice paddies flocked to a Hindu temple, setting off firecrackers and praying and as they watched Kamala Harris, who has strong roots to the village, take her oath of office an
Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday but also hinted about a comeback despite a legacy of chaos, tumult and bitter divisions in the country he led for four years. “So just a goodbye.
Biden's Bible puts him in line with inaugural tradition

Biden's Bible puts him in line with inaugural tradition

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law.
Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the final hours of his White House term as part of a flurry of clemency action that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress