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7 things to know now: Gov. collapses during speech; SNL writer suspended; Oscar nominations

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Out of TPP: On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda, one of which takes the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. "Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said after signing the document in the Oval Office. Trump also ok’d a hiring freeze on all federal workers with the exception of the military, and reaffirmed an existing law that bans federal funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that pay for or promote abortions.

2. Cabinet nominees: More hearings on Trump’s cabinet nominees are set for Tuesday in Washington. Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for health secretary, will be testifying Tuesday as will Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) and Mike Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget). Sen. Diane Feinstein, (D-Calif.), says she will request a delay in the confirmation vote for Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), as attorney general. A vote on Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education was delayed until next week to give her time to answer questions in writing from senators.

3. Collapses during speech: Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed Monday while delivering the State of the State speech to the Minnesota legislature. Dayton, 69, was on the floor for several minutes before being helped to a room in the capitol. According to his son, who was in the audience when Dayton collapsed, he walked out of the Capitol under his own power, and was resting after being checked out by emergency medical technicians at his home. Dayton appeared to hit his head on the lectern when he fainted.

4. Aid to Palestine: Former President Barack Obama released $221 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority before leaving office on Friday, a State Department official told The Associated Press. Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed some legislators on Thursday that the money was being sent to the Palestinians. Written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress hours before Trump was sworn in as president.

5. Nominations for Oscar: It’s Oscar nomination day and the announcements of who is up for Academy Awards this year will be made around 8:18 a.m. ET. Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, Ken Watanabe and Academy officials will announce contenders in several categories including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor. The Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 26.

And one more

A writer for “Saturday Night Live” has been suspended indefinitely for a remark she tweeted about Barron Trump. Katie Rich tweeted during Friday’s inauguration that Barron, 10, would be the “country’s first homeschool shooter.” Rich apologized and deleted the tweet from her account saying, "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.”

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What is TPP, and why is it important?

Donald Trump signed a notice Monday starting the United States’ withdrawal from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The trade deal, signed by 12 countries last February, must be ratified by all 12 members to go into effect. It aims to slash tariffs and boost trade among Pacific Rim nation members.

Here’s a quick look at the TPP.

What is it?

Twelve member countries -- the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru -- formed a pact that would foster trade among the countries. The partnership covers 40 percent of the world’s economy and would, according to proponents, grow jobs and slash tariffs, which are taxes on imported items.

China is not included in the partnership.

Opponents say they can’t tell what TPP would do since not all details of the deal have been released. Another complaint is that the agreement was designed to eventually create a new single market -- something like the European Union.

Does the partnership include all goods traded between the countries?

Not all, but most goods traded between the members are included in the deal. Tariffs on some goods would not be removed, and some tariffs would take longer than others to be removed. For example, tariffs on U.S. manufactured goods and almost all U.S. farm products would be lifted almost immediately. There are some 18,000 taxes the member countries put on American-made products imported into those countries.

What do proponents of TPP like about it?

One thing they like about the deal would be the expectation that China’s neighbors would come to appreciate being a trading partner with the United States and having access to goods and services provided by American workers. In turn, they would turn away from trading with China.

Supporters also say TPP would offer greater access to more and different goods and services.

What about those opposed to the deal?

Those against TPP mainly cite job losses as their major concern. If trade is freer and companies are allowed to move factories to other member nations, U.S. jobs could be lost, they say.

Another criticism is that the negotiations took place in secret and no one knows what is in the agreement. Those negotiating say nothing was said publicly earlier in the process because the deal had not been made.  

What happens next?

The United States signed the deal at the end of 2015. However, the deal has not been ratified -- something that requires congressional action.

Trump said during the campaign that on day one he would issue a notification of intent to withdraw from TPP, and that is what he did Monday.

So what happens going forward? What, if anything, would take its place?

"Instead we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores,” Trump said in November.

For more information on TPP, click here. 

7 things to know now: 18 killed in storms; Tillerson confirmation; MLB star killed

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Tillerson vote: A vote on the nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is set for Monday afternoon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillerson picked up endorsements from Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C.), over the weekend. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s vote remains in question, though, after he and Tillerson had a pointed exchange during Tillerson’s confirmation hearings.

2. Super Bowl matchup: It will be the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 31-17 win over the Steelers, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21. The two will meet in Houston on Feb. 5 for the championship game.

3. Southern storms: At least 18 people died over the weekend in an outbreak of tornadoes across the South. Fourteen people in south Georgia were killed amid reports of 30 tornadoes across the state. Four people were killed in Mississippi Saturday when storms struck there.

4. Galaxy Note 7: Samsung says it has no doubts that faulty batteries caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to burst into flames. The company said Monday that defects were found in two sets of batteries and that two different manufacturers were to blame. Samsung stopped selling the phone only two months after it was launched in August.

5. Suit against Trump: A watchdog group says it will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, claiming he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at businesses run by his family. The group says that despite Trump’s claims that he is turning over the running of his business to his sons, he still owns the company and would still benefit from payments made by foreign governments.

And one more

Yordan Ventura, the Kansas City Royals pitcher who led the team to two pennants and a World Series, was killed Saturday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Ventura was 25. Former MLB player Andy Marte, also from the Dominican Republic, was killed Sunday in a separate wreck. Marte was 33.

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Here’s how to watch the inaugural balls on TV, online and live-streamed

The business part of inauguration is over, and now that the parade has ended, the balls will begin in Washington D.C. 

President Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, will be attending three balls to celebrate the inauguration, according to organizers. Two of the balls will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Trumps will attend the Armed Services Ball to be held at the National Building Museum.  

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Here’s how to watch:

The major networks will have specials on Friday night that will include coverage of the balls.

Cable networks CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, MSNBC and others will also be covering the balls, as will Telemundo.

Several news outlets, including The Washington Post, C-SPAN and Bloomberg Politics, have partnered with YouTube to stream the day’s events.

Read Donald Trump's inaugural speech - full transcript

Here is the text of Donald Trump's inaugural speech.

"Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

They have been magnificent.

Thank you.

Today's ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because 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 people.

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.

It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day.

This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.

An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.

Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We've defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own. And we've spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs.

We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

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.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.

We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you.

God bless you.

And God bless America."

Rescuers find 6 survivors in Italian hotel buried in snow

Rescuers have found six people alive under snow at the site of the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy, CNN reported Friday. A spokesman for the local department told CNN the rescuers are in contact with the group but have yet to reach them.

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Up to 30 people are feared trapped in the Hotel Rigopiano, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain about 85 miles northeast of Rome.

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.

Hopes of finding anyone alive had been fading Friday before officials announced that the six people had been found.

Before and after photos of the #HotelRigopiano in #Abruzzo, torn from its foundations and decimated by a massive avalanche today. #Farindola— Eric J. Lyman (@EricJLyman) January 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Waitress moved to tears after receiving $1,000 tip

A 20-year old waitress from Canada was shocked and moved to tears last Saturday when a customer left her a $1,000 tip for a dinner that cost $87.15, ABC News reported.

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Jennifer Peitsch is a waitress at Mongo's Grill in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was working an unusually busy shift, which meant longer waits for customers and added anxiety for the waitress. A table with a woman and three teenagers was seated in Peitsch's section of the restaurant, and she told CBC News that the customers were patient and kind as she rushed to fill orders and bring out food.

"Everything was taking a little longer, and I was really anxious and stressed out," Peitsch told ABC News. "This woman told me she used to be a waitress and she understood how I was feeling."

Peitsch said she works part time as a waitress from 5 to 10:30 p.m. to "have enough money to pay the bills."  She works full time at a grocery store from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. She wasn't even supposed to be at the restaurant Saturday night but filled in for a co-worker, CBC News reported.

When she saw the receipt come out with the huge tip, Peitsch assumed it was an error.

"I thought it was a mistake, but she assured me it was the right amount, and I just started crying and thanking her so much," Peitsch told ABC News.

Peitsch before hugging the customer, CBC News reported. But she forgot to ask for the woman's name.

Peitsch said she used the $1,000 to fully pay off a credit card debt, and with that off her mind, she's excited about saving money to go to college.

Peitsch did not discover the name of the woman who tipped her, but thanks to a Facebook post she wrote about the incident, it helped her find the mystery diner: a woman named Lisa Julia Holgate.

"She asked me why I did this, and I said I was a good person, and I figured that she was a good person and she's working hard and she deserves it," Holgate told ABC News. "I just said, 'Pay it forward.'"

Holgate said Mongo's is her favorite restaurant, and as a former waitress she knew Peitsch was under a lot of stress.

"It's hard work. I understand it fully," said Holgate, who works as a funeral director.

She figured she would tip $100, but when it came time to fill in the numbers she thought she'd add one more zero.

"I am just ecstatic. I am so happy that I could do such a good thing for somebody like that," Holgate said.

"Now that I have that [credit card] taken care of I can finally put money aside and get my future going," Peitsch said.  

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4 killed when car hits pedestrians on Australian street

A man deliberately drove into a pedestrian-filled street in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, killing at least four people and injuring 20 others, police said. Officials told The Associated Press that the incident was not terrorist-related.

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Early Friday afternoon, a man was seen driving in erratic circles in the middle of a major intersection in downtown Melbourne, officials said. The driver then turned onto a pedestrian-only road, hitting pedestrians on the Bourke Street Mall before proceeding onto a sidewalk and striking several other people, Victoria Police Acting Commander Stuart Bateson told the AP.

Video footage from a witness showed the maroon-colored car as the driver drove erratically outside the Flinders Street railway section, Reuters reported. 

 Two people approached the car, apparently trying to stop it.

"He was half hanging outside the car ... he was just so reckless ... he just didn't care," witness Laura Pollson told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

A shop video showed several people diving into a convenience store as the car sped along the pedestrian walkway, Reuters reported.

Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting him, Reuters reported. Police said the man had a history of family violence and was wanted over a stabbing earlier in the day. Police said they did not believe the incident was terror-related.

Paramedics were assessing 20 people at the scene, several of whom had serious injuries, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

Video footage shot from a news helicopter overhead showed several heavily armed police officers standing near the area where the incident occurred. Several officers could be seen standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, clad only in his underwear, his hands apparently handcuffed behind his back. Police could also be seen examining the heavily damaged car at the scene, the AP reported.

pram tipped over next to ambulance— rafael epstein (@Raf_Epstein) January 20, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

A car mounted the sidewalk at pace and sent at least half a dozen pedestrians flying in the air. I was on the other side of the road.— Meg Watson (@msmegwatson) January 20, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Donald Trump inauguration: Live updates

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20. He took the oath of office at noon on the Eastern Front of the Capitol, with some 900,000 people expected to be in attendance.

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Donald Trump inauguration: Here's a schedule of events

Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. 

Between Thursday and Saturday, there are several events leading up to and following the swearing-in ceremony. 

>>Donald Trump's inauguration: What time, what channel, live-stream, schedule of events

Here’s a schedule of events for the next few days (all times are ET)


  • At 10:35 a.m., a concert will begin near the Lincoln Memorial. Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood and others will perform at the event which goes on all day.  President-elect Trump and vice-president-elect Pence will address the crowd around 4 p.m. There will be a fireworks show after the concert.

  • There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Trump and Pence will be there.

  • Trump is expected to spend the night at Blair House, the presidential guest residence that is located across the street from the White House.


  • At 8:30 a.m., Trump and Pence will attend a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The church is near the White House.

  • At 9:30 a.m., The Trumps and the Obamas will meet at the White House. Trump and Obama will ride together from the White House to the Capitol.

  • At 9:30 a.m., the inauguration ceremony begins with musical performances.

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  • At 11:30 a.m., opening remarks for the ceremony will begin. After the opening remarks, the invocation and some readings, Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. At noon, Trump will become the 45th president of the United States when he takes the oath of office. The oath will be administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. Trump will use president Lincoln’s Bible and the Bible he was given by his mother at Sunday school graduation in 1955. He will then deliver his inaugural address. It takes place on the West Front of the Capitol building.

  • At 12:30 p.m., Trump and Pence will go to a Congressional luncheon that is held in the Capitol.

  • After lunch, Trump and Pence will review the troops  from the East Front of the Capitol.

  • At 3 p.m. the inaugural parade will begin. The new president and vice president will lead the parade that follows a route from the Capitol to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade is set to last for two hours.

  • From 7 to 11 p.m. the inaugural balls will be held. The Trumps and the Pences will attend three of the balls.


  • From 10-11 a.m., Trump and Pence will attend an interfaith service at the Washington National Cathedral.

What about the weather?

The National Weather service says it will be 47 degrees and cloudy on Friday in Washington DC. Look for rain showers to begin around noon,  but storms are not expected. 

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