In opening act, Trump's light side on display with lawmakers

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump turned on the charm with congressional leaders as they witnessed him nominating his Cabinet.

"Where's the health care bill?" Trump joked during his first official act as president.

Trump signs first bill and actions as president

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday quickly claimed the mantle of the White House, signing legislation allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his Cabinet choices.

Less than an hour after wrapping up his inaugural address, Trump sat in an ornate room steps from the Senate floor and signed a series of papers formally launching his administration. Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders, he praised each of his nominees as he signed the papers and handed out the pens he was using, exchanges that allowed him to banter with his new congressional rivals, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

FARINDOLA, Italy -- With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people at the resort. At least two children were among the 10 people found alive.

The news sent relatives of the missing rushing from the rescue operations center in the mountains to the hospital on the coast in hopes that their loved ones were among the lucky few to be found.

Promises, pomp and protests as Trump sworn in

WASHINGTON -- Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting "American carnage," shuttered factories and depleted U.S. leadership. President Barack Obama, the man he replaced, sat behind him stoically.

Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has pledged an era of profound change, energizing his supporters with promises to wipe away predecessor Barack Obama's signature achievements and to restore America to a lost position of strength. But Trump's call for restrictive immigration measures and his caustic campaign rhetoric about women and minorities have infuriated other millions of Americans. He assumes office as one of the most unpopular incoming presidents in modern history.

Gators get another shot at W-M

With a tendency to play up or down to the level of their competition, this basketball season has been a roller coaster for the LaGrange Gators, who have alternated between impressive wins and disappointing losses.

The first week of District 3-4A play has been no different with the Gators (12-12, 1-1) losing to a Leesville team with a losing record, followed by an 18-point win over a DeRidder team that had won 14 consecutive games.

Tonight the Gators get another crack at defending district champion Washington-Marion, which sits atop the district standings at 2-0, tied with Leesville. W-M won 75-65 at LaGrange earlier this season in a nondistrict game.

Cowboys show glimpse of potential: Shooters display accuracy promised before season

An 11-point lead was whittled to seven and Dave Simmons called timeout.

McNeese State, losers of three consecutive Southland Conference games, required 8 more minutes of competent basketball to complete its most impressive showing of the season.

James Harvey, the struggling sophomore benched in favor of Kalob Ledoux, canned two 3-pointers on the Cowboys’ next two possessions. Seldom-used 6-foot-8 freshman Richard Laku, whom Simmons inserted after the timeout, buried a third. The lead swelled to 16, forcing an exacerbated Russ Pennell into a timeout for Central Arkansas.

Iowa's Oakley explains proposals to LHSAA

LAFAYETTE — Iowa Principal Michael Oakley had the opportunity to explain his collection of proposals on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Annual Convention agenda Wednesday at an open meeting at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center.

Principals and coaches from southern Louisiana attended the meeting — one of six throughout the state this week — to discuss the content of the agenda for the convention, which will take place Jan. 25-27 in Baton Rouge.

The bulk of Oakley’s proposals would do two primary things: reclassify public schools in the association into five classes instead of seven by eliminating Classes B and C, and limit voting power in the Executive Committee to principals exclusively, with superintendents, officials and other relevant parties taking an advisor role.

Hot-shooting Cowboys run past Central Arkansas, 82-27

The first half clock ticked down and Burton Coliseum was restless. Kalob Ledoux, he of one collegiate start prior to Wednesday evening, endured a trapping double team 20 feet from the basket. Facing the Central Arkansas bench instead of the net he intended to throw the ball through, Ledoux looked helpless. The McNeese State bench clamored for him to shoot.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent — he received four more votes than the necessary 332 of 442 (75 percent).