LAUREL, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia firefighter accused of rioting at President Donald Trump's inauguration alleges her First Amendment rights were violated in her firing.
NEW YORK (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee wants to interview — and has requested records from — a key planner of President Donald Trump's inauguration, a person familiar with the matter...
Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country's capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest...
Iran’s president inaugurates new gas projects
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a new phase in the development of a massive natural gas field.
State TV on Sunday quoted the CEO of the South Pars gas...
Senate passes bill on inaugural committee spending
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Future New Hampshire governors would face stricter campaign finance rules when it comes to their inaugural committees under a bill passed by the state Senate.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn't seem to mind at all.
Maine governor faces higher-than-expected inauguration costs
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is facing higher-than-expected costs for her inauguration.
Gov. Janet Mills says her inaugural committee has brought in over $380,000...
Big donors spend nearly $5M on Texas governor’s inauguration
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's inauguration celebration for a second term was paid for with nearly $5 million donated by his biggest political contributors and major...
Tennessee Gov. Lee raised $2.5m, spent $1.8m in inauguration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last...
Iranian president: US sanctions are ‘economic war’ on Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war."
William & Mary formally inaugurates 1st female president
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The College of William & Mary is formally inaugurating its first female president, who has already served more than six months in the role.
White House: Hysteria over Trump presidency spurred subpoena
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal subpoena seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee is part of "a hysteria" over the fact that he's president, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors in New York issued the wide-ranging subpoena Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent $107 million on events celebrating Trump's 2017 inauguration.
Gambia and Senegal finally inaugurate connecting bridge
FARAFENNI, Gambia (AP) — Gambian President Adama Barrow and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, cut the ribbon this week on a project that was decades in the making, a bridge that links the north and south banks of the Gambia River and ties the neighbors closer together.
"Our wish is that the bridge stands from now on as a symbol of Senegambian unity, friendship and love," the Gambian leader told thousands of people who gathered to witness the inauguration and walked across in celebration.
Idaho looks into loud cannon fire at governor’s inauguration
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho National Guard's commanding officer says he will look into 19 startlingly loud ceremonial canon blasts that were part of Gov. Brad Little's inauguration.
The canon fire on Jan. 4 set off car alarms in downtown Boise and scattered Canada geese into the air as smoke billowed around soldiers. Some of the several thousand people attending flinched in surprise.
Congo’s new leader ushers Kabila out; says no time to waste
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Longtime Congo leader Joseph Kabila has been ushered out, and his successor has begun by appointing a chief of staff who says there is no time to waste.
Newly inaugurated President Felix Tshisekedi's first decision in office on Friday was to appoint Vital Kamerhe, a former National Assembly president.
The Latest: Congo’s new leader vows to combat corruption
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's new president (all times local):
Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi is vowing to take on the country's widespread corruption, asserting that billions of dollars are lost per year.
He calls the revenue brought in "the weakest in the world."
Congo has trillions of dollars' worth of mineral wealth but the country remains largely underdeveloped, to the frustration of the population of 80 million people.
- The Beaumont EnterpriseBernie, Biden are just too oldApril 12, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanGovernor uses contingency fund for wine, tinwork, inaugural breakfastMarch 22, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsCorporations, wealthy donors give nearly $5 million to bankroll Texas governor’s inaugural celebrationFebruary 25, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalGet tickets to President Grant's inauguration -- State Journal editorial from 150 years agoFebruary 24, 2019
- Houston ChronicleJoyous ceremony ushers in a new era in Missouri CityFebruary 18, 2019
SC gov State of State hits on familiar education, tax themes
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster's vision for South Carolina laid out Wednesday in the State of the State address was the continuation of his themes of education reform, tax relief and environmental protection he has been preaching since starting his first full term earlier this month.
Stole priest wore at DeWine inauguration had special meaning
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —
For members of Ohio's large new first family, the stole worn by Father Tom Hagan throughout Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's inaugural weekend was a way to involve their beloved late daughter in the celebration.
First lady Fran DeWine sewed the priest's garment from pieces of fabric cut from her late daughter Becky's dresses and other clothing items. She gave it to him about six years ago, to wear when officiating her son Mark's wedding.
Congo inauguration postponed; police stop opposition rally
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's police dispersed a gathering Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokeswoman said.
Dozens of people gathered outside his coalition's headquarters in Kinshasa before police arrived and canceled the event, said Eve Bazaiba.
Lobbyist has lived through 11 gubernatorial inaugurations
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — When Len Lucchi attended his first gubernatorial inauguration as a bright-eyed 20-year-old in 1979, he had no idea the ceremonies would be a regular part of his career.
Cut to 40 years later: Lucchi stands on the Maryland State House lawn. The bleachers are up, the sound system blasts in the heart of Annapolis. He looks on as workers prep for the inauguration where Gov. Larry Hogan would officially begin his second term.
The Latest: Republican Lee sworn in as Tennessee governor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Lee's inauguration as Tennessee's governor (all times local):
Republican businessman Bill Lee has been sworn in as the 50th Tennessee governor.
Lee took the oath Saturday at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. The Franklin-based businessman defeated former Democratic Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in November. It was the first time Lee had ever run for political office.
Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms.
The Republican's transition team says the event Saturday will take place at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The ceremony had been planned outdoors on the adjoining Legislative Plaza, where inaugurations have historically been held.
Man sues Portland police over broken nose at protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man claims Portland police hit him in the face with possibly a rubber bullet or gas canister, causing a broken nose during a protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced that his inaugural worship service is moving locations to meet increased demand.
Lee's transition team said Wednesday the Republican's worship service will now be held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was previously scheduled to be at the Ryman Auditorium.
Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West and other performers are scheduled to headline the worship service on Jan. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
The Latest: Jonathan Nez sworn in as Navajo Nation president
FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the Navajo Nation inauguration (all times local):
Jonathan Nez has been sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation.
Nez delivered a message Tuesday of hope, resilience and change, of breaking old ways of thinking to move the tribe forward.
He and Vice President Myron Lizer took their oaths of office at an indoor sports arena in Fort Defiance, north of the Navajo Nation capital.
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- Globe NewswireKrystal Biotech Continues Vertical Integration with Official Inauguration of Ancoris Gene Therapy Manufacturing Facility at its Pittsburgh HeadquartersMarch 6, 2019
- Globe NewswireTuskegee University prepares to inaugurate eighth, first female presidentFebruary 25, 2019
- Business WireLeoStella Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Smallsat Production FacilityFebruary 15, 2019
The Latest: Wolf starts term with call to work on challenges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's second inauguration (all times local):
Gov. Tom Wolf is starting his second term by asking the state's residents to work together to make Pennsylvania a better place.
The Democratic incumbent was sworn in for a second term Tuesday after overcoming contentious first-term budget fights to regain voters' confidence and sweep to an easy re-election win.
Gunman gets 84-year term in Chicago honor student’s killing
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday imposed an 84-year prison sentence on a Chicago man who fatally shot a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration festivities.
Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the punishment to 24-year-old Micheail Ward five months after Ward was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton.
New GOP Gov. DeWine urges optimism for Ohio at inauguration
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine touted optimism as he began his four-year term Monday, vowing to hear others' ideas and perspectives and to lead with resolve to create a better future for Ohio's children, a priority reflected in executive orders he signed in his first moments on the job.
The Latest: Stitt pledges to push Oklahoma into “top ten”
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Oklahoma's new governor, Republican Kevin Stitt (all times local):
Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says he's ready to follow up on his campaign pledge to push the state into the "top ten."
The millionaire businessman became Oklahoma's 28th governor Monday as he and other statewide elected officials took their oaths of office during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol.
The Latest: Kemp sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd governor
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Republican Brian Kemp as Georgia's 83rd governor (all times local):
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has struck a conciliatory tone in his inaugural address, saying he will work hard to represent all Georgians.
After his swearing-in Monday, Kemp said that while Georgia appears like a divided state "through the prism of politics," residents in reality have "so much in common."
Jeb Bush to speak at Gov. Larry Hogan’s inauguration
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be one of the speakers at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's inauguration.
Bush will introduce Hogan at Wednesday's inauguration on the northwest lawn of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
Hogan is the first Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland since 1954. He is only the second Republican governor ever to be re-elected in the state's history.
The Latest: Pritzker sets out climate change, tax goals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Democrat J.B. Pritzker as governor of Illinois (all times local):
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says his administration will take climate change seriously.
Text of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s inaugural speech
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's prepared remarks for her inauguration speech Monday on the Capitol steps:
To those of you who are joining us here on the beautiful grounds of our State Capitol, and to those of you watching across the state - thank you for being part of today's historic ceremony.
The Latest: Ivey: Unite to “build a brighter future”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on inauguration festivities in Montgomery. (all times local):
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has begun her first full term as governor, promising to help build a foundation for the state's future.
The 74-year-old governor was sworn into office Monday on the steps of the Alabama Capitol.
Ivey used her inauguration speech to talk about coming initiatives in infrastructure and corrections.
Correction: Oklahoma Inauguration-Stitt story
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a story Jan. 13 about incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, The Associated Press reported erroneously that term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin's political career has spanned almost 40 years. Instead, her career has lasted almost 30 years.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Stitt to be sworn in as Fallin exits Oklahoma politics
New governor sworn in at home before public inauguration
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flanked by family and close friends, Mike DeWine became Ohio's 70th governor shortly after midnight today in private ceremony at his farm near Cedarville.
NY Comptroller DiNapoli’s inauguration starts another term
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is being officially sworn in for another term at his alma mater on Long Island.
The Long Island Democrat's inauguration is taking place Sunday at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
DiNapoli became comptroller in 2007 and was elected to his first full, four-year term in 2010.
Ivey begins inauguration festivities with concert at coast
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is beginning her inaugural festivities with a celebration at the coast headlined by country music star Neal McCoy.
Ivey is holding a Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Lodge, the state's new hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.
Maduro foe says he’s ready to replace the president
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress said Friday that he is prepared to step into the nation's presidency temporarily to replace Nicolas Maduro, whose inauguration has been rejected as illegitimate by most countries in the hemisphere.
National Assembly President Juan Guaido made the statement to an energized crowd blocking a busy Caracas street a day after Maduro's inauguration to a second term.
"Guaido for president!" the crowd chanted. "Out with Maduro!"
DeWine era to mark shift away from volatile Kasich, Trump
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable president.
Isolation greets Maduro’s new term as Venezuela’s president
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the start to a second term as Venezuela's leader Thursday, but his world got smaller as countries seized upon the inauguration to cut back diplomatic ties, reject his legitimacy and label him a dictator.
The Latest: Brazil party chief blasted for Maduro visit
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the second-term inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (all times local):
The leader of Brazil's Workers' Party is under fire by some fellow leftists for attending the second-term inauguration of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The criticism on Sen. Gleisi Hoffmann adds to divisions in Brazil's opposition in confronting new, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
Tennessee state library highlights inauguration, governors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee State Library and Archives exhibit is highlighting the 2019 gubernatorial inauguration and the 49 governors through the state's history.
A secretary of state news release says the "Governors of Tennessee" exhibit opened to the public Tuesday and will run through spring 2019.
The Latest: Gov. Ned Lamont’s 1st speech receives praise
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Inauguration Day and opening day of Connecticut General Assembly (all times local):
Connecticut's new governor is getting high marks for his first address to the General Assembly from Democrats and Republicans.
Georgia’s Kemp kicks off victory lap after contentious race
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — After a contentious race that drew national attention, Georgia's soon-to-be governor said Wednesday rural job growth and cracking down on violent gangs will be among his top priorities for the year as he kicked off a victory lap across the state in advance of next week's inauguration.
The Latest: McMaster promises economic prosperity for SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's inauguration (all times local):
Gov. Henry McMaster promised to keep recruiting businesses to South Carolina and lower taxes in his inaugural speech.
McMaster used several sports metaphors during Wednesday speech after he took the oath of office at the Statehouse for a full-four year term.
Colorado’s Jared Polis makes history as gay governor
DENVER (AP) — Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration Tuesday as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue — and other celebratory colors of the LGBTQ community — as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and protect the environment.