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US Secret Service chief to retire

The head of the Secret Service -- the police agency that protects US President Barack Obama -- is retiring, a spokesman said Friday, less than a year after the elite squad was hit by a sex scandal. Mark Sullivan is "retiring as of the 22nd of February," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told AFP, noting he had overseen 23 national security events, including Obama's inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.

US Secret Service chief to retire

The head of the Secret Service -- the police agency that protects President Barack Obama -- is retiring, a spokesman said Friday, just months after the elite squad was hit by a sex scandal. Mark Sullivan is "retiring as of the 22nd of February," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told AFP, noting he had overseen 23 national security events, including the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Obama inauguration TV viewership down by 17.2 million from 2009

LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Some 20.6 million Americans watched President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony and related events on television, according to ratings data on Wednesday. That's down sharply from his first inauguration in 2009. TV ratings company Nielsen said 18 U.S. television networks and cable channels carried live coverage over about six hours of Monday's swearing-in ceremony, speech and parade in Washington.

Second inauguration just as intense for some Obama fans

By Anna Yukhananov and Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The National Mall was less crowded than four years ago, and the weather not nearly so cold. But for some fans viewing President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in for a second term of office on Monday, the moment was equally intense. "This time I felt more emotional," said Angela Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina, who sported a heavy coat festooned with Obama pins.

Michelle Obama's inaugural fashion: Thom Brown, J. Crew

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama chose a Thom Browne coat and dress for President Barack Obama's inauguration events on Monday. The fabric of the navy blue coat and dress was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie, according to the first lady's office. Her belt is from J. Crew and she wore a necklace designed by Cathy Waterman. She also wore J. Crew shoes.

FACTBOX-Some facts about U.S. presidential inaugurations

Jan 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will celebrate his public inauguration ceremony on Monday as he starts his second term in office. Here are some facts about U.S. presidential inaugurations. ** Obama is taking the oath of office twice.

UPDATE 1-In Washington, musician Moby drives a different kind of inaugural party

* Pop event draws eclectic crowd * Unlike last time, star able to plug in (Adds name of local disc jockey) By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - All across Washington this weekend, the wealthy, the politically connected and the curious are putting on tuxedos and ball gowns and crowding into fancy galas to celebrate President Barack Obama's second inauguration. This was not one of those parties.

In Washington, musician Moby drives a different kind of inaugural party

* Pop event draws eclectic crowd * Unlike last time, star able to plug in By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - All across Washington this weekend, the wealthy, the politically connected and the curious are putting on tuxedos and ball gowns and crowding into fancy galas to celebrate President Barack Obama's second inauguration. This was not one of those parties.

UPDATE 6-Obama starts second term in low-key White House ceremony

* Short private ceremony at White House * "You didn't mess up," daughter tells him * Obama will do it again in public event Monday * Less excitement for second inauguration than 2009 event * Country's mood tempered by economic and political woes By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

FACTBOX-Some facts about U.S. presidential inaugurations

Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will be sworn in this weekend for his second four-year term. Here are some facts about presidential inaugurations. ** Obama will take the oath of office twice. The first, official, swearing-in will take place in a short ceremony at the White House on the constitutionally mandated date of Jan. 20. Because that date falls on a Sunday this year and courts and public offices will be closed, the public ceremony at the U.S. Capitol will be held on Monday.
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