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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

A group of protesters carrying anti-President Joe Biden and anti-police signs marched in the streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Protesters gather, damage Democratic headquarters in Oregon

Jan. 20, 2021 10:14 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group of protesters carrying anti-President Joe Biden and anti-police signs were marching Wednesday in Portland streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, police said. Some in the group of about 150 people smashed windows and spray-painted anarchist...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Cowboys for Trump leader and Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, center, talks with Republican New Mexico state Rep. Candy Ezzell of Roswell, N.M., at a protest against gun control and pro-abortion rights legislation outside the New Mexico State Capitol, in Santa Fe, N.M. A New Mexico county official who runs a group called

Cowboys for Trump leaders seeks cover for financial backers

Jan. 20, 2021 10:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday from the jailed founder of Cowboys for Trump, tossing the effort to block or avoid possible financial disclosure requirements as a political group in New Mexico. The lawsuit filed in June 2020 from Couy Griffin and Cowboys for Trump was in...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Jan. 20, 2021 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath Wednesday to hold the nation's second-highest office. Hours after she was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and...

Ex-Chief Justice James Heiple dies after brain hemorrhage

Jan. 20, 2021 9:41 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — James Heiple, a former chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, has died from complications following a brain hemorrhage, the court announced Wednesday. Heiple, 87, died Monday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, the court revealed in the announcement posted on its website....

FILE - This photo from Wednesday March 7, 2012, shows Illinois gun owners and supporters file NRA applications during an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois State in Springfield, Ill. Lawyers for the influential gun-rights advocacy group told a federal judge Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that the organization’s recent decision to seek bankruptcy protection and reincorporate in gun-friendly Texas was not an attempt to dodge a lawsuit brought by the attorney general in New York, its current corporate home. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

NRA fights for its future in Texas, New York courts

Jan. 20, 2021 8:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association is in a double-barreled legal battle for its future, moving forward with its bankruptcy case while fighting accusations it only sought Chapter 11 protection to avoid a potentially crippling lawsuit. Lawyers for the influential advocacy group told a federal...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson dunks during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Judge sides with Zion Williamson against ex-marketing agent

Jan. 20, 2021 7:59 PM EST

A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled in favor of New Orleans Pelicans player Zion Williamson in a case concerning a contract he terminated with a Florida-based marketing agent who is seeking $100 million in damages from the former Duke star. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs in Winston-Salem, North...

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as their children Ashley and Hunter watch.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

AP PHOTOS: Biden takes oath, inherits confluence of crises

Jan. 20, 2021 6:19 PM EST

Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed.” He takes the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherits a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. But there were comforting signs of...

FILE - State Rep. Jim Harrison, second left, speaks at a House subcommittee meeting in Columbia, S.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on misconduct in office and perjury charges. (AP Photo/Virginia Postic)

Divided SC Supreme Court rebukes Statehouse probe prosecutor

Jan. 20, 2021 5:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Rep. Jim Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on...