Latest News 'Many Dead' as Avalanche Buries Ski-Resort Hotel After Italy Quake 2017-01-19T12:29:49.000000Z Rescuers battled atrocious weather conditions to reach the Hotel Rigopiano on the Gran Sasso mountain after earlier quakes triggered and avalanche. Dozens of Firefighters Dead as Blazing High-Rise Collapses in Tehran: Report 2017-01-19T12:23:00.000000Z Earlier, a fire ripped through Tehran's iconic Plasco building. The tower is attached to a multistory shopping mall. Activists Throw 'Queer Dance Party' On Mike Pence's Street 2017-01-19T11:28:21.000000Z Protesters danced, waved flags and partied in the quiet neighborhood over the VP-elect's stance on gay rights. Contrast Between Obama and Trump is 'Unprecedented': Experts 2017-01-19T10:56:00.000000Z President Obama is being replaced by his polar opposite in many ways and that's the kind of change America has voted for in recent decades. Teen Defends 'Mother' Who Allegedly Abducted Her 2017-01-19T07:43:00.000000Z A teenager kidnapped as a newborn is finally reunited with her biological parents. She defended the woman accused of abducting her from a hospital. Five Takeaways From the Week's Confirmation Hearings 2017-01-19T06:24:56.000000Z Six confirmation hearings have been held so far this week, some more contentious than others. Here are some of the main takeaways. After Pledge, Assange Lawyers Say Manning Mercy Fell Short 2017-01-19T04:47:00.000000Z WikiLeaks said last week that the WikiLeaks founder would agree to be extradited to the U.S. if Manning was granted clemency. Trump Picks Sonny Perdue to Lead Department of Agriculture 2017-01-19T03:55:00.000000Z The 70-year-old veterinarian-turned-politician is Trump's final Cabinet-level pick. Perdue served as a state senator for 10 years beginning in 1991. He was elected in 2003 as Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and was re-elected in 2006. Virginia Executes Ricky Gray for Brutal Murder of Family 2017-01-19T03:47:00.000000Z The U.S. Supreme Court denied Gray's lawyers appeal for a delay based on Virginia's use of the controversial lethal injection drug midazolam. George H.W. Bush in ICU, Wife, Barbara, Hospitalized as a 'Precaution' 2017-01-19T00:36:00.000000Z George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were hospitalized Wednesday after the former president underwent a procedure to address a respiratory problem. The former first lady was admitted for a separate health issue, the couple's spokesman said Wednesday.