Members of the residence staff have presented President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with two American flags that were flown atop the building, the White House said.
One of the flags was flown on the first day of Obama's presidency. The other was flown on his final morning as president.
The Obamas are preparing to depart the White House for the last time as president and first lady when they head to Donald Trump's inauguration.
Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett shared an image of a the flags on Twitter. "Flags that flew the first and last day of POTUS 44," she wrote.
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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.
President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, defeat ISIS, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, create 25 million jobs over the next decade and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. How well do his Cabinet nominees reflect his governing philosophy? Here they are in their own words.
Bikers for Trump roared through the D.C. area Thursday with a message they want to share with America this inauguration weekend.
The bikers gathered in Woodbridge, Virginia, Thursday morning and rolled north on Interstate 95, crossing the Key Bridge into Georgetown on their motorcycles.
They also stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the men and women some of them served with in the military, people who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for their country.
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On Friday, Donald Trump will deliver his highly anticipated inaugural address, likely one of the most important speeches of his life so far. In order to make it a compelling and convincing message, he will have to rely on the very thing that has turned his opponents away from him: his unique way with words.
Neurolinguistic experts tell NBC News Trump’s style may have the persuasive ability to bring Americans together. He appeals to feelings and emotions, and he meanders between thoughts, allowing listeners to fill in the gaps as they choose.
But, just as effectively, he uses uncomplicated messages, such as “make America great again” and “crooked Hillary.” Regardless of their veracity, they stick in people’s minds because of their simplicity. If he keeps saying it, one neuroscience professor said, “it becomes it.” That type of language is powerful, even more so when paired with negative ideas.
One thing Trump will need to do Friday morning, something he has yet to do, is speak in greater detail. That will help him to bring in a wider audience as he takes on his official leadership role.
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Protests against President-elect Donald Trump took a chaotic turn on the eve of his inauguration as demonstrators set off smoke devices and lit Trump merchandise on fire in downtown Washington, D.C.
D.C. police were seen putting on riot gear at 13th and F streets NW about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Rescuers found ten people alive inside a Italian hotel that was buried under an avalanche, Italy's Civil Protection Agency confirmed to the Associated Press, NBC News reported Friday.
It was wasn't immediately clear whether the survivors had been removed from the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola. They had been trapped for more than 40 hours.
“We always hoped to find someone alive. The fact we found people alive after so many hours give us even more hope," said Titti Postiglione of the Civil Protection Agency.
Up to 30 people, including an unspecified number of children, were reported missing after an avalanche buried the four-star hotel on Wednesday.
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Donald Trump's inauguration will feature more religious leaders than those of his predecessors, among them pastor Paula White, one of Trump’s spiritual advisors who will be only the second woman to lead a prayer at an inauguration. White, the pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando, Florida, arranged a meeting for Trump with other television evangelists in 2015, according to Christianity Today. The magazine called her a controversial choice over her preaching a prosperity gospel that teaches that God rewards faith and donations with financial well-being. She will be the second woman to lead a prayer at an inauguration after Myrlie Evers-Williams in 2013. Here are the other leaders who will offer prayers or read scripture during the ceremony.
A Montana beekeeper says thieves got away with 488 beehives he had taken to California to pollinate almond trees.
Lloyd Cunniff tells the Great Falls Tribune it appeared the thieves used semitrailers to steal about 190,000 bees between Monday night and Tuesday morning in Yuba City, California. He said he was storing the bees on a fellow beekeeper's property before moving them to Fresno, where he had a contract to pollinate almond trees.
Cunniff says the theft will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. The hives were insured.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend.
It's also seen by many in Mexico as a delicately timed maneuver aimed at limiting political fallout for President Enrique Pena Nieto, already deeply unpopular in part for his perceived mishandling of Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on Mexico.
Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran, asked at a Thursday night news conference about the timing of Guzman's extradition, said the federal government cannot interfere in court decisions.
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Three people were killed and at least 20 others seriously injured after a car plowed into pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, a Victoria state police official said. It prompted a major police operation as officials told the public to stay away from the area.
A man driving the vehicle "deliberately drove into pedestrians" on Bourke Street, a main road running through downtown Melbourne, Victoria state police acting commander Stuart Bateson said at a press conference. He added that the suspect is in custody and is believed to be linked to an earlier stabbing in the area.
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Inauguration weekend is finally here! We've got everything you need to know about navigating one of the biggest events in D.C.