Two Senate Democrats sworn in, GOP margin cut Jan 04, 2018 0 240 12345 NYTWASHINGTONTwo new senators ” Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn. ” were sworn in Wednesday, in a history-laden ceremony attended by three current and former vice presidents. Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, presided over the swearing in. Former Vice President Joe Biden escorted Jones down the central aisle of the Senate chamber, while former Vice President Walter Mondale escorted Smith. In a sense, the #MeToo movement played a hand in the arrival of both Jones and Smith. Jones, 63, comes to Washington after a raucous special election in which his Republican opponent, the former judge Roy Moore, was accused of molesting teenagers. Smith, 59, the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, was appointed by that state's governor to fill the seat left vacant by the departure of Al Franken, who resigned amid allegations he had forcibly kissed one woman and groped several others. She becomes the 22nd woman in a chamber that remains heavily lopsided in favour of men. Jones replaces Sen. Luther Strange, a Republican who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became President Donald Trump's attorney general. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Bannon slams Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Jan 04, 2018 0 595 Cosmic dust, not 'alien megastructure,' veils mysterious star Jan 04, 2018 0 265 US Congress kicks off new year session with 'plates full' Jan 04, 2018 0 211 Washington sets example as most sustainable city REUTERS WASHINGTON On a work day, the US capital does not appear much more"sustainable" than any other major city. Its streets are packed with cars, lights flicker in offices long after the occupants have gone home, and .. Ecuador's jailed VP stripped of office AFP Quito Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas lost his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption. Glas, 48, is the .. Rare Arctic storm hits US Southeast REUTERS CHARLESTON A rare winter storm hit the US Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a"bombogenesis" whopper .. Death toll from Peru bus crash rises to 48 LIMA At least 48 people were killed in Peru when a bus collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima, emergency services officials said. The accident on Tuesday took .. 16 missing after Peru bridge collapses Lima Peruvian rescue workers were combing a river Wednesday for 16 people missing after the bridge they were on collapsed in a valley northwest of the mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said. The bridge, close .. Top US refugee official to retire this month REUTERS WASHINGTON One of the top US government officials working on refugee issues announced her impending retirement on Tuesday, and refugee advocates expressed concern about the fate of the country's .. Bannon has 'lost his mind': Trump WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump broke with his former close campaign aide and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday after the far-right populist lambasted the president's son and son-in-law .. First Florida snow in 29 years Miami It's called snow, something residents of North Florida hadn't seen in almost three decades until Wednesday, and it is part of a deep-freeze striking the entire US East Coast. The US National Weather ..