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Power Cut to Thousands of Californians Amid Wildfire Threat

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:50
Hundreds of firefighters continued to to battle the Sand Fire in Northern California Sunday, as it grew to more than 728 hectares overnight.  Pacific Gas and Electric Company shut off power to approximately 1,600 customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties and about 43,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties in the Sierra foothills. As winds, low humidity and heat are expected to continue, the power company said crews are inspecting power lines to check...
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Trump, Mexico's Lopez Obrador Tout Migrant Accord

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 23:38
U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are touting an accord to reduce the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border – a deal that led Trump to suspend threatened tariffs on Mexican exports to the United States.  Many Republican lawmakers are expressing relief while Democrats are contesting Trump’s claims of victory. An exultant Trump took victory laps on Twitter: “Everyone very excited about the new deal with Mexico!” “There...
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Trump, Lopez Obrador Tout Migrant Accord

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:37
U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are touting an accord to reduce the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border – a deal that led Trump to suspend threatened tariffs on Mexican exports to the United States. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where many Republican lawmakers are expressing relief while Democrats are contesting Trump’s claims of victory.
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Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 19:09
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed Sunday that Mexico "for many years" has not been cooperative to curb the surge of migrants traveling through it to reach the United States, but believes a new agreement will alleviate the problem. The U.S. leader warned, however, that "if for some unknown reason" Mexico does not stanch the flow of Central American migrants heading north to the U.S., "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable"...
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US Treasury Chief: Trump 'Perfectly Happy' to Tax More Chinese Imports

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 17:05
U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin said Sunday President Donald Trump would be "perfectly happy" to tax more imports from China if he cannot reach a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both presidents are scheduled to meet later this month at the Group of 20 meeting in Japan. “We made enormous progress, I think we had a deal that was almost 90% done," Mnuchin told CNBC. "China wanted to go backwards on certain things” -- a charge Beijing...
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Mexican President Says Immigration Deal with US Will Protect Migrant Rights

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 15:15
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rallied thousands of supporters in the northern border city of Tijuana on Saturday, saying that a new immigration deal with the United States would protect the human rights of migrants and maintain friendly ties with U.S. Lopez Obrador said he was reluctantly prepared to slap retaliatory tariffs on US goods if negotiators in Washington had failed to strike a deal. "We celebrate the important agreement of yesterday because it was a very...
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For These Students, Learning Is a Laughing Matter

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:27
It’s a comedy night at Johns Hopkins University. Members of the university’s Stand-up Comedy Club are performing dialogues, cracking jokes, doing funny moves and face gestures.  They might be a little bit nervous at the beginning, but the experience is invigorating. Their jokes bring lots of laughter to normally busy, often stressed-out, students.    But comedy, as club member Ariella Shua says, is serious work. In their weekly meetings, students try out and rehearse the...
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US Recruits Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:41
Online data is at risk. Hackers are getting smarter and companies across the globe are facing a shortage of trained professionals who can help protect their data. To fill this gap, the U.S. government is beefing up its efforts to recruit the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. VOA’s Sahar Majid has more.
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For These Students, Learning Is a Laughing Matter

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:41
Along with achieving academic excellence, universities across the US encourage their students to explore their potential and develop interests beyond their major. Joining an on-campus club is a good way to do that. Whether cultural, social, political or recreational, these clubs give students a voice and a chance to hone various skills, from community engagement to being funny. That's what the Stand-up Comedy Club at Johns Hopkins University offers. Faiza Elmasry visited the club and has...
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Hillary Clinton's Youngest Brother Dies

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 00:12
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Saturday on Twitter her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, had died.  Tony Rodham, who died Friday, was a kind and generous person who could walk into a room and ``light it up with laughter,'' said Clinton, who gave no details about his death. Rodham was born in 1954 and raised in the Chicago suburbs with his siblings, Hillary and Hugh Rodham.    He worked a variety of jobs, including stints as a prison...
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Border Agent Saves Pair From Bee Attack in Texas

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 23:25
A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas is credited with saving a migrant woman and her young son who were attacked and covered by thousands of bees.    The agency said in a statement Friday that the agent was patrolling the Rio Grande in Brownsville, in southernmost Texas, when bees entered his patrol vehicle.      The agent was looking for the origin of the bees Tuesday when he found what he thought was just a bundle of clothing covered in the insects. He then...
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US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 22:46
Under a starry sky, U.S. Navy fighter jets catapulted off the aircraft carrier's deck and flew north over the darkened waters of the northern Arabian Sea, a unmistaken signal to Iran that the foremost symbol of the American military's global reach is back in its neighborhood, perhaps to stay.  The USS Abraham Lincoln, with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a fighting force of about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon's response to...
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Trade Experts Unruffled About Rare Earth Minerals Supply

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 22:16
Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars.    China recently raised tariffs to 25% on rare earth exports to the U.S. and has threatened to halt exports altogether after the Trump administration raised tariffs on Chinese products and blacklisted telecommunications giant Huawei.      With names like europium,...
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House Committees to Hold Hearings on Mueller Report on Russia Probe

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 20:42
Congressional hearings on Robert Mueller's report on the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election take place in coming days, amid mounting pressure to launch proceedings that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. But Mueller, the special counsel who recently stepped down after completing the report, will not testify before the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding a hearing in Washington Monday entitled "Lessons from...
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Smithsonian Museum Wows With Fossils Going Back Billions of Years

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 20:05
It was a bad day 70 million years ago for a triceratops dinosaur, whose remains are displayed beneath a fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton — posed as if it were still alive and ready for dinner.   Huge dinosaurs and other ancient creatures like an elephant-sized ground sloth are part of a remarkable new fossils exhibition that opened June 8 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. Instead of the typical static poses usually seen in museums, the new...
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Abuse Crisis Tops Southern Baptists' Agenda

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 19:48
The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others. Inside the meeting hall in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will likely vote on establishing criteria for expelling churches that mishandle or cover up abuse allegations. They also may vote to establish a new committee which would review how member churches handle claims...
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G-20 Finance Leaders’ Goal: Adapt to Turmoil in Trade, Tech

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 17:02
Financial leaders of the Group of 20 gathered Saturday to brainstorm ways to adapt global finance to an age of trade turmoil and digital disruptions. The central bank governors and other financial regulators meeting in this southern Japanese port city also flagged risks from upsets to the global economy as Beijing and Washington clash over trade and technology. Asked if other financial leaders attending the meetings in Fukuoka were raising concerns over the impact on global markets and...
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With Mexico Deal Done, US Urges China to Resume Trade Talks

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 16:25
One down, still others to go. President Donald Trump claimed a victory after Washington and Mexico agreed on measures to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Trump called off plans to impose a 5% tax on Mexican exports, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking to reporters Saturday in Fukuoka on the sidelines of a meeting of financial leaders of the Group of 20 major economies, urged China to follow suit and return to stalled...
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US, Mexico Reach Deal on Migration, Averting Tariffs

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 14:56
Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report. The United States and Mexico have reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs, but U.S. officials say President Donald Trump retains the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico fails to live up to it. "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely...
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Will Native American Veterans’ Memorial Neglect Some Service Members?

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 12:30
It was while listening to public radio during an evening commute in June 2018 that James Currie first learned the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) had selected a finalist to design a new Native American Veterans Memorial. Out of more than 400 candidates, NMAI selected Cheyenne Arapahoe artist Harvey Pratt, a Vietnam veteran and renowned former forensic artist. The winning design, “The Warrior Wheel of Honor,” would feature a stainless steel wheel...
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