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Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Obama to second half of his presidency

A day after formally beginning his second term, President Barack Obama on Monday takes part in the full trappings of his inauguration by reciting the oath of office in front of a crowd expected to number between 800,000 and 900,000 people.

TSA removing 'virtual strip search' body scanners

Airport body scanners that produce graphic images of travelers' bodies will be removed from checkpoints by June, the Transportation Security Administration says, ending what critics called "virtual strip searches."

Obama to announce gun control plans Wednesday

A package of gun control proposals, including a ban on assault weapons, will be unveiled on Wednesday by President Barack Obama in response to the last month's Connecticut school massacre, the White House announced.

Former President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from a Houston hospital on Monday after being treated for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough, a spokesman for Bush said in a statement.

Hobby Lobby's $1.3 million Obamacare loophole

By Friday Hobby Lobby would have racked up $14.3 million dollars in fines from the IRS for bucking Obamacare.

VP Biden: 'Executive action' on gun control can be taken

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Obama could use an executive order to get a handle on gun violence.

Inaction on Sandy by Congress leaves businesses in limbo

Congress passed only a fraction of the Sandy relief bill Friday, which means that most businesses devastated by the storm are still waiting for help.

Boehner re-elected House speaker

Rep. John Boehner was voted by his colleagues into another term as House speaker Thursday despite receiving harsh criticism from some conservatives over his handling of the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Viral picture: Unborn baby grasps doctor's finger

As any mother can tell you, giving birth can be a blur. But every so often, a picture brings it into crystal-clear focus. Such an image is getting a lot of attention online.

FBI gun background checks hit record highs

The FBI performed nearly 2.8 million background checks on people wanting to buy guns in December, a record month that capped a record year.