Latest Inaugurations News

Panama inaugurates third bridge over Panama Canal

Aug. 2, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

GATUN, Panama (AP) — Panama has inaugurated the third bridge connecting the country's eastern and western halves over the Panama Canal. The $380 million bridge built by the Panama Canal Authority two decades after the U.S. turned the canal over to Panama will now allow continuous access for traffic moving...

Mauritania's new leader takes oath in 1st peaceful transfer

Aug. 1, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania's new president has taken the oath of office, completing the West African nation's first peaceful transfer of power. President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in his first speech on Thursday said Mauritania's people had written an important page in the country's history and...

Quinton Lucas sworn in as Kansas City's new mayor

Aug. 1, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has inaugurated Quinton Lucas as its new mayor. Lucas took office following a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning at City Hall. Lucas, a 34-year-old black man, succeeds two-term Mayor Sly James. He defeated outgoing Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the mayor's race in...

Hagedorn swearing-in illustrates power of appointments

Jul. 28, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brian Hagedorn's inauguration as a state Supreme Court justice this week will mark the end of a legal era and starkly underscore governors' power to reshape Wisconsin courtrooms with like-minded appointees. Hagedorn will be sworn in Thursday to replace 83-year-old Justice Shirley...

Bengals practice in Dayton, site of NFL's inaugural game

Jul. 27, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — What's regarded as the NFL's first game didn't involve Lions, Bengals or Bears. Instead, the Triangles and Panhandles went at it on an October afternoon in a triangle-shaped park at the confluence of two rivers. "They had a way with nicknames back then," Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike...

Tanzania inaugurates huge dam project in World Heritage Site

Jul. 26, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's president on Friday inaugurated a huge hydroelectric dam project in the country's largest wildlife reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, calling it the start of "economic liberation." Some wildlife groups have expressed dismay over the $2.9 billion Stiegler's Gorge...

Maine governor has paid about half of inaugural bills

Jul. 25, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The inaugural committee for Maine's governor has told state ethics commissioners that it has paid about half the billed costs for her inauguration as officials consider whether late donations violated state law. Gov. Janet Mills' campaign told state ethics staff that her nearly...

Oklahoma governor's inauguration festivities exceed $2.4M

Jul. 12, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The inaugural committee for Oklahoma's new Republican governor spent more than $2.4 million on inauguration festivities to launch his first term in office, a finance report revealed. Gov. Kevin Stitt took office in January to become Oklahoma's 28th governor. The report filed Thursday...

Correction: Trump Fundraiser Probe story

Jul. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 8 about a federal grand jury investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, The Associated Press erroneously reported when leaked emails showed an attorney for Broidy's security firm Circinus resigned after expressing alarm to company executives about corruption...

Melania Trump depicted in wooden statue in native Slovenia

Jul. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The likeness of Melania Trump has been carved in wood in her native Slovenia. A life-size sculpture of the U.S. first lady has been unveiled in her hometown of Sevnica, drawing mixed reactions from the locals. The rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a linden tree, showing her...