Inclement conditions force Obamas' flight to Palm Springs to be diverted

Former President Obama and his family were for to land Friday at March Air Reserve Base instead of Palm Springs International due to inclement weather in the region. USA Today reported that Obama’s plane flew over the airport twice and circled the area, but it was determined that it was safer to land at the base. The Desert Sun reported that Obama and the former-First Lady arrived in Rancho Mirage at about 8 p.m. “The president vowed to take his family to a destination that is warmer than Washington, D.C. on Friday and Palm Springs fits the bill," the White House said. "This is a community that the president has visited on a number of occasions as president of the United States.

January 21, 2017 05:22 UTC

Protesters and Trump supporters share 'Kumbaya' moment

Story highlights Trump supporters, protesters shared moment of unity before Inaugural ParadePhotographer captured the chance moment(CNN) Amid the fanfare and protests around Washington, a passing photographer caught a touching moment of unity shared between Trump supporters and protesters. While Ben Von Klemperer waited for the inaugural parade, he paused to take photos, spotting the protesters and Trump supporters. Von Klemperer said they were just hanging out together, despite what one would imagine would be palpable tension between the four. According to Von Klemperer, someone on the sidewalk suggested the four would probably get along if they met in another context. "It was a nice little 'Kumbaya' moment amid the large divisions in the electorate right now," Von Klemperer said.

January 21, 2017 05:22 UTC

NBA roundup: Warriors win sixth in a row when Rockets fall short

In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference and All-Star starting guards Stephen Curry and James Harden, the Rockets fell short. Houston, which entered the game leading the NBA with 667 three-pointers, was just seven of 35 behind the arc. Harden went 0 for 5 and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 three-pointers, missed all seven long-range shots. at Charlotte 113, Toronto 78: Kemba Walker scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and the Hornets routed the Raptors. at Orlando 112, Milwaukee 96: Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, Jeff Green added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Magic snapped a three-game losing streak.

January 21, 2017 05:04 UTC

El Chapo’s Extradition Draws Tinge of Regret in Chicago

On Friday, he pleaded not guilty to a New York indictment that included a provision that it would become void if Mr. Guzmán did not appear there first. Prosecutors have said for years that Mr. Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel used Chicago as a drug distribution center for broad swaths of the country. Those drugs would then end up on the streets of Chicago and other northern cities like Minneapolis and New York. As Mr. Guzmán’s notoriety grew, so did the specter of violence committed by Sinaloa in Mexico and the quantities of cartel drugs infesting American streets. For those in Chicago who spent years building the case against Mr. Guzmán, news of the extradition stirred competing feelings.

January 21, 2017 04:55 UTC

President Trump's Day 1 Executive Order Can Severely Damage Obamacare

President Trump's Day 1 Executive Order is not a nothingburger. Here are a few things that federal agencies can do pursuant to President Trump's executive order. How could President Trump do this lawfully or without sluggish notice and comment rule making? The same way President Obama did in November of 2013 -- by executive order and a regulatory guidance! They are going to explode if federal agencies take aggressive action pursuant to the Executive Order.

January 21, 2017 04:49 UTC

South Korea Arrests 2 Presidential Aides Over Blacklist of Artists

The blacklisting of artists is another element of the case against Ms. Park in her impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court. Ms. Cho is the first sitting member of Ms. Park’s cabinet to be arrested in the investigation. The agency under Mr. Park arrested and tortured dissidents, framing them by charging that they were Communists or sympathetic toward North Korea. Ms. Cho was accused of working with Mr. Kim while she was Ms. Park’s senior presidential secretary for political affairs from 2014 to 2015. The arrests on Saturday were part of the special prosecutor’s efforts to build a case against Ms. Park.

January 21, 2017 04:31 UTC

Donald Trump's presidential style: dangling neckties and the power of positive thinking

“Think success, and you'll have success.”That certainly seems to fit in with Trump’s approach, especially in the final days of the presidential campaign. Caption Creating a fitness and overall health plan with your doctor Steven Wilson, a doctor in the MDVIP network made up of concierge physicians, creates an annual “business plan” for improving each patient’s overall health. Steven Wilson, a doctor in the MDVIP network made up of concierge physicians, creates an annual “business plan” for improving each patient’s overall health. Caption Creating a fitness and overall health plan with your doctor Steven Wilson, a doctor in the MDVIP network made up of concierge physicians, creates an annual “business plan” for improving each patient’s overall health. Steven Wilson, a doctor in the MDVIP network made up of concierge physicians, creates an annual “business plan” for improving each patient’s overall health.

January 21, 2017 04:30 UTC

Interior Department told to stop tweeting after unflattering retweets about Trump

(Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency)The Interior Department was ordered Friday to shut down its official Twitter accounts — indefinitely — after the National Park Service shared two unsympathetic tweets during President Trump’s inauguration. A Park Service employee retweeted both missives on Friday. The Park Service tweeting ban was first reported by It was unclear Friday if the retweeting Park Service employee had been identified. But he said that it is against Park Service policy to estimate the size of crowds at events, because they are often inaccurate.

January 21, 2017 04:23 UTC

For Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Do Statistics Alone Still Matter?

Closers typically do not get much love from the Hall of Fame because for a long time they were seen as failed starters. Just throw the ball down the right-field line.”These players, and many others, I expect to be in the Hall of Fame within the next few years. I may not have evoked Hall of Fame numbers, but I certainly had a few days in the sun. These players separate themselves from the pack through consistent excellence and longevity: the hallmark of a Hall of Famer. One of baseball’s challenges in the next decade of Hall of Fame voting will be to face the demons of the steroid era, the idea that some of this greatness we celebrate may have been purchased or artificially enhanced.

January 21, 2017 04:08 UTC

NFL Playoff Predictions: The Atlanta Falcons Will Beat The Green Bay Packers

As great as a defensive showdown can be, the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons matchup sets up to be the offensive shootout of offensive shootouts. In a battle between the top-two MVP candidates in the NFL, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, Vegas set the over/under for this game at a whopping 61.5 points. You can be covered perfectly and Aaron puts it wherever he needs it to be for us to have a chance," tight end Richard Rodgers said. As great as Tom Brady has been, despite Matt Ryan being my league MVP this season, Rodgers is playing at a level that we haven't seen in a long, long time. Since the first Packers-Falcons matchup in Week 8, Rodgers has been Pro Football Focus' highest-graded quarterback "by a wide margin."

January 21, 2017 04:06 UTC

Day One: Trump Issues Executive Order Granting Modest Relief From Obamacare

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised to begin repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act on Day One of his presidency. But it's up to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to fill in the blanks: what exactly constitutes mental health services? That can't be changed via executive order, though it could be narrowed down. To fully repeal and replace the former President's health law, Congress will need to pass new laws that can overcome a filibuster in the Senate. (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

January 21, 2017 04:03 UTC

California's Rep. Dana Rohrabacher throws a big inaugural ball at the Library of Congress

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) toasted Donald Trump's inauguration with a ball of his own — the Liberty Ball — at the Library of Congress. Trump was scheduled to attend three balls Friday night, including another event dubbed the Liberty Ball. Rohrabacher previously hosted an inaugural ball at the library in 2005, staff said. "We've turned the car around and our children will be safe, America will be safe," Rohrabacher told the crowd inside. Inside, bourbon apple cider flowed as members of Congress, governors and Californians danced and chatted on three floors of the library.

January 21, 2017 04:02 UTC

Gus Bradley spurns Redskins, takes job as Chargers defensive coordinator

Gus Bradley will become the next defensive coordinator for the L.A. Chargers, leaving the Redskins to continue their search. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)The Washington Redskins lost out on their top choice for a defensive coordinator when Gus Bradley agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Friday night. He was regarded both by the Redskins and others around the league as the top defensive coordinator candidate available. The team also requested an interview with Carolina defensive backs coach Steve Wilks, but he was promoted to be the Panthers’ defensive coordinator shortly thereafter. Manusky served as defensive coordinator in San Francisco when McCloughan was general manager there roughly 10 years ago.

January 21, 2017 03:56 UTC

Trump Issues Order To Start Chipping Away At Obamacare

The executive order, which Trump signed in the Oval Office shortly after viewing the inaugural parade on Friday, was one of his first acts of president. This order is basically Trump doing what he can, on his own, to get the process underway. Today, the number of people without health insurance is the lowest government agencies have ever recorded. Obamacare established new rules for private health insurance that carriers sell directly to individuals, and it set parameters for how states design their expanded Medicaid programs. But changing the individual mandate could further spook insurers already worried they were not attracting as many healthy customers as they thought.

January 21, 2017 03:55 UTC

Angry protests and inaugural celebrations play out side by side in Washington

With the nation’s changing demographics, the 55-year-old risk management specialist from Lakeland, Fla., never thought he'd see another Republican president. When Trump appeared on the video screen, giving a thumbs-up, Hutchens gave one back, pumping his arm and smiling. “I'm just really, really, really worried about what this president is going to do with the many people who have luck running against them.”Some Trump supporters said they were uncomfortable with the protesters' presence. Caption Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Caption President Donald Trump's inaugural speech Donald Trump gave his first address as president of the United States at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017. Donald Trump gave his first address as president of the United States at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017.

January 21, 2017 03:48 UTC

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