Inauguration Day is fast approaching, and the schedule of events is shaping up.
Here's a look at the events expected to draw 1 million people to Washington.
Chelsea Manning thanked President Barack Obama for "giving me a chance" in a tweet Thursday.
"Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," Manning tweeted.
Manning's thank you comes a day after Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off Manning's prison term Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a "tough prison sentence" already.
NBC 5 News
Federal regulators have sued Navient, accusing the biggest U.S. student loan company of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed the federal lawsuit against Navient Corp. and two subsidiaries on Wednesday, seeking restitution for affected borrowers and money penalties. The agency said the company also cheated struggling borrowers out of their rights to lower their payments "through shortcuts and deception." Navient disputed the allegations, calling the suit a politically motivated "midnight action" two days before the Trump administration takes office.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."
Agriculture secretary was the final Cabinet post to be announced by Trump, who is set to take office Friday.
Perdue, 70, is a farmer's son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.
Perdue, from the small city of Bonaire in rural central Georgia, would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He is not related to or affiliated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.
U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked Islamic State military camps in Libya in a move aimed at eliminating extremists who had escaped the former IS stronghold of Sirte, a defense official said Thursday.
The official said the camps were located about 45 kilometers, or 28 miles, southwest of the central coastal city of Sirte. The official was not authorized to speak in advance of an expected Pentagon announcement and confirmed the strikes on condition of anonymity.
The strikes were carried out overnight and were authorized by President Barack Obama, marking perhaps the final use of military force by a wartime president who intervened in Libya in 2011 as part of a coalition that ultimately toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Iran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.
Despite "grievances" that Iran has over the pact made with the current U.S. government, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran still believes it should be honored.
"Whatever he does to the nuclear deal, we are not worried because we have our own options. But we believe it's in the interest of everybody to stick to the deal. Most importantly it's an international agreement. It's not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States," he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Rainbow flags, cut off shorts and music filled the streets near Vice President-elect Mike Pence's Chevy Chase home Wednesday night.
Hundreds met at the Friendship Heights Metro station before marching -- and dancing -- their way to Pence's neighborhood for a "Queer Dance Party."
Organizations WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 held the event to express "that homophobia and transphobia is wrong and should be resisted," Firas Nasr, a founding organizer of WERK for Peace, told DCist.
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Dozens of firefighters were killed when a blazing high-rise building collapsed in Iran's capital, state-run Press TV reported Thursday.
The broadcaster put the death toll at 30. It gave no source for the information. NBC News could not immediately independently confirm Press TV's report.
Earlier, authorities said at least 25 people had been injured in the fire at Tehran's iconic Plasco building. The tower is attached to a multistory shopping mall and is located just north of the city's sprawling bazaar.
Local media reported that there were 200 firefighters on the scene at the time of the building collapse.
Get More at NBC News
A convicted art thief recently drove from Florida all the way to Virginia in hopes of receiving a presidential pardon for the past crime. But what he got, instead, was a new charge for driving a stolen vehicle, according to authorities.
Marcus Patmon, 45, of Miami, found himself back in custody Sunday after parking his car in Arlington, Virginia. Police said one of their license plate scanners had detected the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Patmon was there to “meet with Eric Holder,” according to police spokeswoman Ashley Savage. She told NBC Washington Patmon wanted Holder and the Obama administration to pardon him before Donald Trump took office. However, Holder isn’t the U.S. attorney general anymore; Loretta Lynch has held that position since April 2015.
Thirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls.
Automakers with front passenger inflator recalls posted Thursday are Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Karma.
Takata inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Sixteen people have died worldwide due to the problem.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
The boxes are taped, the moving vans are filling up and the staffers have said their goodbyes. On Friday, the first family will move out of the house they’ve called home since 2009. But before they turn over the keys, matriarch Michelle Obama took one last walk through the White House — for the whole world to see.
On Wednesday, the first lady posted a short video of her stroll on Twitter. In the clip, she was accompanied by the beloved family dogs Bo and Sunny.
President Barack Obama took the last question of his last press briefing in the White House to brag about his two daughters, who "surprise and enchant and impress" him every day. Obama said he and his wife learned something in talking to 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha about the results of November's election, in which the family supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. The way they've bounced back from their disappointment makes him optimistic about the generation that's coming of age in America today, he told reporters Wednesday. Malia and Sasha "have not assumed, because their side didn't win or because some of the values that they care about don't seem as if they were vindicated, that automatically America has somehow rejected them or rejected their values," Obama said.
A Texas woman with cancer who lifted spirits across the world when she danced to "JuJu On That Beat" with a friend through her chemotherapy died Wednesday. A close friend of Ana-Alecia Ayala described her as "one in a million" when confirming her death to NBC4 Southern California. She said the last couple of weeks were particularly tough. But Ayala didn't let her diagnosis with a rare form of uterine sarcoma in December 2015 get her down, gaining a following thanks to her cancer awareness video, hashtagged "#JuJuOnThatChemo."
View daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news. View gallery »