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Photos: Women march around the world

Michael Flynn Jr. mocks Women's March: 'Women already have equal rights'

Michael Flynn Jr., the outspoken son of Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security advisor, offered his take on the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday.

Flynn Jr. took to Twitter, where he questioned the point of the march. “What victory? Women already have equal rights, and YES equal pay in this country. What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis?”

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What victory? Women already have equal rights, and YES equal pay in this country. What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis? #WomensMarch— Michael Flynn Jr. (@mflynnJR) January 21, 2017

In addition to the main Women’s March in the nation’s capital, there have been women’s marches taking place all around the world Saturday. The protests are being held in response to the election of Donald Trump as president, and seek to protect women’s rights, reproductive rights, and fight for issues like equal pay, civil rights and other social justice issues.

Flynn Jr. is no stranger to controversial remarks. He was removed from then President-elect Trump’s transition team after promoting fake news on his social media network, including the Pizzagate story that was spread by the alt-right movement. Michael Flynn also promoted fake news on Twitter, but remains on Trump’s team as national security advisor. The position does not require confirmation from Congress.

Jesse Jackson: Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign.

“The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.”

Trump’s speech hit many of the populist chords he refined on the campaign trail, portraying Washington as full of elite insiders indifferent to the common man.

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“That all changes, starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you,” he said, before ticking off goals: “We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”

Trump capped his speech with his famous phrase: “Together, we will make America great again.”

Jackson says Trump must back up his rhetoric with action.

“I’m hopeful. There’s an awful lot of damage done that needs to be cleaned up,” he said. “The campaign was very divisive and very painful… Referring to President Barack (Obama) as the founder of ISIS, Hillary (Clinton) as a nasty woman. He’ll have to have to clean that stuff up and then put forth some concrete plans.”

Jackson pointed to Trump’s low approval ratings and issued a challenge.

“What does a man with so much power do? Grace can expand your power. Arrogance can diminish it. I hope he’ll have the grace and commitment to put all of us under one big tent.”

White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview

White nationalist and alt-right movement founder Richard Spencer was caught off-guard when a protester punched him during an on-the-street interview on Inauguration Day.

According to CNN, Spencer, 38, was speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation when the attack occurred. As he was responding to a question about his Pepe the Frog pin, a protestor dressed in black rushed in, punched Spencer in the face, and ran off.

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White nationalist Richard Spencer was punched during an interview near President Trump's inauguration— CNN (@CNN) January 21, 2017

Spencer took to Twitter to denounce the incident.

I was just physically assaulted twice by antifas. No serious damage. I can take a punch.— Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) January 20, 2017

If law enforcement can't protect us from antifa assaults we will begin protecting ourselves.— Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) January 21, 2017

Spencer, president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, made headlines in November at the institute’s annual conference. He declared, "Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!" while those in the audience gave a Nazi salute.

Severe weather kills 15 in Georgia and Mississippi, death toll could rise

Severe weather whipped though parts of the south over the weekend, leaving a trail of destruction behind.

Georgia emergency management officials said Sunday 11 people were killed and 23 injured after intense storms raged through the southern part of the state.

The deaths occurred in Cook, Brooks, and Berrien counties, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Catherine Howden said. 

In southern Mississippi a severe storm, including a tornado, tore through Hattiesburg early Saturday, killing at least four people.

A search and rescue operation continued in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny DuPree said, where violent winds tore roofs off homes and tossed around trees.

The threat isn't over yet. The National Weather Service is calling for the possibility of severe weather in parts of the South through Sunday night.

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4 people confirmed dead from Tornado— City of Hattiesburg (@Hattiesburg_MS) January 21, 2017

Most of the damage in Hattiesburg appeared to be in the downtown's outskirts, DuPree told CNN. A fire station was damaged, as was William Carey University.

Students at the private school reported minor injuries, university officials said. The university said on Twitter that all dormitory rooms and neighboring apartment buildings had been checked and cleared.

WWL tweeted that an 18-wheeler overturned in Wal-Mart parking lot in Petal, Mississippi.

At Southern Mississippi University, school officials tweeted that "multiple portions" of the school was experiencing flash flooding.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said that damage also was reported in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.

A tornado caused severe damage in #Hattiesburg, Miss. and surrounding areas.— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) January 21, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

18-wheeler overturned in Wal-Mart parking lot in Petal, MS from the #tornado that went through #Hattiesburg. #mswx @WWLTV— Dave Nussbaum WWL-TV (@Dave_Nussbaum) January 21, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Officials working to ensure students are safe. Some students reporting minor injuries. Damage to dorms, Tatum Court, Thomas Hall.— William Carey Univ. (@WmCareyU) January 21, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Bush, Clinton wrote warm letters to successors

It’s a tradition that an outgoing president will leave a letter behind for the new commander-in-chief. The letters are usually filled with best wishes and even some advice.

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The National Archives recently released the letters that former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush wrote to the successors, according to ABC News and Politico.

The letter from Bush, on White House stationary, reads like this:

"Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your 'friends' will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God Bless you."

In his letter, Clinton also wished Bush well. He wrote:

"Dear George,

Today you embark on the greatest venture, with the greatest honor, that can come to an American citizen.

Like me, you are especially fortunate to lead our country in a time of profound and largely positive change, when old questions, not just about the role of government, but about the very nature of our nation, must be answered anew.

You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are president of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness.

The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated. The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.

My prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.



White House had ghostly look on Obama's final night

The White House had a ghostly quality on Thursday, the final night of Barack Obama’s presidency.

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Desks were emptied and staff moved out as the outgoing staff made way for the staff of Donald Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday.

A Marine guard left his post outside the West Wing at 6 p.m., signaling that the president had left the Oval Office for the final time. The building was lit, but it was empty.

Michelle Obama, on her final night as first lady, posted an Instagram video of her walking through the presidential mansion with the family dogs, Bo and Sunny.

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'House of Cards' will 'Bring the Terror' in Season 5

As the nation watched Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president, Frank Underwood already was planning ahead.

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Netflix released a teaser Friday for the fifth season of its presidential drama, "House of Cards." Underwood, the crafty politician played by Kevin Spacey, will return to action on May 30, Netflix announced.  

The teaser shows an American flag waving in the breeze as children recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The show's Twitter account added a comment: "We bring the terror."

Netflix retweeted the teaser, adding, "We couldn't possibly comment."

Over the show's four seasons, Spacey, as Underwood, has risen to the presidency using any means necessary.

The show has won six Emmy Awards.

We couldn't possibly comment. @HouseofCards​, May 30. — Netflix US (@netflix) January 20, 2017 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Convicted murderer says he was helping homeless man by killing him

A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to four murders in Atlanta in 2014 angered the family of one of his victims with comments he made after accepting his final plea deal.

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Aeman Presley pleaded guilty Friday in Fulton County to murdering two homeless Atlanta men,

Dorian Jenkins and Tommy Mims, while they slept in 2014.

Presley's plea deal carries a life sentence but will ensure he does not get the death penalty. He already was serving two life sentences for two separate murders.

Presley has said he believes he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Presley already has pleaded guilty to the 2014 DeKalb County murders of Karen Pearce, a hair stylist from Smyrna; and Calvin Gholston, who was homeless.

After accepting the deal, Presley suggested he thought he was helping Gholston.

"I thought that maybe he would be in a better place than to be homeless or on drugs," Presley said, addressing the court.

Police say that Gholston was Presley's first victim. His family was in court, saying they had hoped Presley would be sentenced to death.

"He's a punk coward," Patricia Green, Gholston's sister, said after the court proceeding. "I hope and pray to God that when he gets in jail, somebody will find him and kill him too."

Gholston's brother said that the sentence will bring his family closure, but Presley's comments did nothing but infuriate him.

"It took everything in my bones not to get out of my seat and go and attack that man," Cedric Gholston said. "That was just horrible. That was just something that he just made up."

4 more rescued from snowed-in Italian hotel

Five people have been confirmed dead at the hotel demolished by an avalanche in central Italy this week, and nine survivors have been pulled from the rubble, including four more people on Saturday, Reuters reported. 

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The two men and two women were freed from the Hotel Rigopiano overnight after hours of digging by firemen, who were having to move cautiously for fear the buried air pockets might collapse.

Four children and a woman were saved Friday, dug out from under tons of snow and debris.

Fire service spokesman Luca Cari told Reuters the bodies of two women also were recovered, bringing the known death toll to four. Approximately 15 people remain unaccounted for, Cari said. Nearly thirty people were inside the hotel, officials said.

The hotel, located in the town of Farindola, was ripped from its foundation and almost completely covered by a wall of snow and debris up to 35 feet tall, triggered by a series of earthquakes that shook the region Wednesday, USA Today reported.

Italian media reported early Saturday that a number of other voices had been heard under the rubble, but that it was proving hard to establish where exactly they were, Reuters reported. There was no immediate confirmation of this from the emergency services.

Cari said that rescue teams would continue to work night and day until everyone was accounted for.

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