Four people were killed, roofs were ripped from homes and churches, and trees were torn from the earth early Saturday when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a region in southern Mississippi, officials said.
Four people died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area, said Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict. The twister was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the four people who died. But at least one family had already gotten the horrific news. Monica McCarty said her father died in the same trailer park where she and her boyfriend live and her son was apparently crushed to death while in bed at her mother's house where he lived.
In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president on Friday, with many eagerly anticipating the historic transition and others deeply fearing it. Among them was a retired autoworker in Michigan who was awe-struck by the inauguration, another retiree from Kentucky who planned to counter protest in support of Trump and a Mexican immigrant in Phoenix worried about the future. Others avoided watching the ceremony altogether, underscoring America's deep political divide. Here's what they had to say.
It's been a busy day in D.C. during a transfer of power that -- no matter where you sit on the political spectrum -- is getting everyone talking.
Sixteen people were killed when a bus crashed and caught fire in Italy while carrying Hungarian teenagers home from a school trip, authorities said Saturday.
Police commander Geralomo Lacquanita said the bus crashed and burst into flames just before midnight on the A4 highway near Verona as it returned from France, NBC News reported.
The bus was returning to Budapest with boys aged 15 to 17 along with parents and teachers.
Police say 16 badly burned bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
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Many of the pages on the White House's website were taken down Friday, shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as president, including pages on LGBTQ rights, climate change and the Affordable Care Act. However, those pages are still accessible online. Anything that was at WhiteHouse.gov under the Obama administration has been moved to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The plan to do so was announced earlier in the week. Everything on the archived version of the Obama White House page is marked as "historical material" that's "frozen in time."
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As soon as Donald Trump had delivered his inauguration address, the critique began.
His speech offered few lines to bring together a deeply divided country, many lines of criticism for the politicians gathered around him on the steps of the Capitol, a reference to American nativism in World War II and a dark vision of America of mother and children in poverty, and crime, gangs and drugs devastating the country, pundits noted.
"Today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People," Trump said, later tweeting the sentence.
Hundreds of thousands of people massed in the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington Saturday and more than 600 "sister marches" were underway across country. Other rallies in solidarity were taking place in cities across the globe. Here are live streams from Washington, D.C., and other cities.
President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House on Friday, making his first executive order one aimed at his predecessor's signature health care law and swearing-in members of his national security team to his Cabinet. Hours after delivering a stinging rebuke of the political status quo in his inaugural address, Trump sat at the president's formal desk in the Oval Office as he signed the order that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said was aimed at "minimizing the economic burden" of the "Obamacare" law. The order notes that Trump intends to seek the "prompt repeal" of the law. But in the meantime, it allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose a "fiscal burden" on states, health care providers, families or individuals.
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The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion in the United States presidential election, examining how the operation was paid for and whether any Americans were involved, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. Former intelligence officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump would technically have the authority to order an end to the investigation — which the CIA, NSA and Treasury Department are also participating in — given that the intelligence agencies report directly to him. Officials have not said whether the investigation has unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump aides or any other Americans. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on the "Today" show that the president would let the investigation go wherever it leads. And it would be politically disastrous for Trump to end the probe, the former intelligence officials said. "I remember the last president who ordered a stop to an investigation and it cost him his presidency," said Raymond Batvinis, a former FBI counter intelligence agent who teaches national security at George Washington University, speaking of Richard Nixon and Watergate.
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A mix of emotions streamed down Twitter timelines as President Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday.
“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you the people," Trump said in his inaugural address.
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Big Mac fans will now have even more to choose from at McDonald’s restaurants around the country beginning this week.
For a limited time in early 2017, the Big Mac roster will now include the Grand Mac and the Mac Jr.
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The Republican-led Senate has voted to confirm the first two members of President Donald Trump's cabinet: James Mattis as defense secretary and John Kelly as secretary of homeland security. Only one senator, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand, who challenged the idea of a former military leader in a civilian job, voted "no" to Mattis. Eleven senators, all Democrats, voted against Kelly's nomination. In Mattis' case, Republicans pushed for fast approval to ensure the post wouldn't be empty even for a brief amount of time after Trump's swearing-in. Mattis will replace Ash Carter, who has been former President Barack Obama's defense secretary since February 2015.
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President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.
Citing unidentified people, Bloomberg and Politico both reported Friday that the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be Ajit Pai, an old hand at the agency. Pai's chief of staff, Matthew Berry, declined to comment. FCC spokesmen did not immediately reply to emails.