• January 19, 2017

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After oath, Trump faces ambitious Day 1 to-do list

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned on a detailed and extensive to-do list for his first day in office. A day before his swearing-in, his team was being coy about when and how he plans to cross items off it.

As Trump takes the oath, many voters still can't believe it

On the morning 19 months ago when Donald Trump descended the escalator in his glitzy Manhattan tower, waving to onlookers who lined the rails, many Americans knew little about him beyond that he was very rich and had a thing for firing people on a reality television show.

The Latest: Pence promises 'Hoosier common sense'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials say as many as 117 civilians have been killed in drone and other counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere during President Barack Obama's presidency.

Judge in ex-Illinois congressman's trial recuses herself

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.

Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — A medical device company in which Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

Area residents head to presidential inauguration

Several Killeen-Fort Hood area residents will be at the U.S. Capitol Friday to witness the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Buckingham named to 5 Legislative committees

Just a week after being sworn in as the state senator for District 24, Dawn Buckingham has learned where her efforts will be focused the most.

Cove EDC approves new lease term for Entrepreneur Center

COPPERAS COVE — The Economic Development Corporation board on Thursday unanimously approved sending new lease terms to tenants who rent space at the its Entrepreneur Center.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

Texas lawmaker polls mosque leaders on Sharia law support

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker has sent a survey to mosques around the state asking leaders there about Sharia Law and to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims who have chosen to leave the faith, implying that they could face unspecified persecution for doing so.

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview.

Inaugural cheers, fireworks: Trump sweeps in for his big day

WASHINGTON (AP) — With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. The capital braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.

Timeline of inauguration events Friday

Timeline of Friday's events as Donald Trump is inaugurated president of the United States (all times EST):

Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions, asset disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick as Treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing Thursday over his handling of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and his failure to initially disclose to the committee nearly $100 million in assets and interests in a Cayman Islands corporation.

AP PHOTOS: Long-married Bushes hospitalized together

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 72 years — longer than any U.S. presidential couple.

Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror want a lawsuit from three former detainees dismissed, but a federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to allow it to move to a trial that was expected to include classified information.

Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to appoint any Latinos to his Cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group.

Obama criticizes Congress for refusing to close Cuba prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed Congress for his failure to keep a promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying there's "simply no justification beyond politics" to keep it open.

10 promises Trump made for his first day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind in the polls in late October, Donald Trump ventured to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to give American voters a "contract" detailing what he would achieve during his first day in office. Beneath a list of 18 major actions was the flourish of Trump's familiar signature and a blank space for voters to sign.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

On Obama's last day, a low-key end to fast-paced presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a few final moves and a round of goodbyes, President Barack Obama quietly closed out his presidency on Thursday and prepared for life as a private citizen, as the country readied itself for President-elect Donald Trump.