Politics

Houston Attorney Challenges Cruz’s Eligibility to be US President

HOUSTON, TEXAS—An attorney in Republican Senator Ted Cruz's home city of Houston, Texas, has filed a lawsuit challenging his eligibility to serve as president of the United States because he was born in Canada. The complaint was filed Tuesday in District Court in Houston by Newton B. Schwartz, 85. Speaking to VOA by phone, Schwartz said that if Cruz goes on to win the nomination and the presidential election, it could create a constitutional crisis. "Why would we want an ineligible candidate for president to win it?" he asked. "Can you think of the problems that would occur?" Some major…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. born

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. King received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 helped organized the first major protest of the African-American civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi, he advocated civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to segregation in the South. The peaceful protests he led throughout the American South were often met with violence, but King and his followers persisted, and the movement gained momentum. A powerful orator, King appealed to Christian and American ideals and won growing support from the federal…
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Local News

Salvatore Calls for Stronger Police Presence in Wanskuck Neighborhood

PROVIDENCE –Following two consecutive nights of violent activity in the Wanskuck area, Councilman David A. Salvatore (Ward 14) has asked the Providence Police Department to strengthen its presence in the neighborhood. Salvatore also seeks to engage in a collaborated effort among city leaders to curtail violence throughout the city. Salvatore today contacted Major Thomas Verdi, a commanding officer of the Providence Police Department, to request the staffing increase. “We must take proactive measures to ensure our neighborhoods are safe,” said Salvatore. “I share the same concerns as my friends and neighbors, and I am working with the police department to…
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Local News

COAST GUARD IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND, LOCAL PARTNERS, GOOD SAM SAVE 5 LIVES IN 3 SEPARATE INCIDENTS

BOSTON – The Coast Guard, partner agencies, and a good Samaritan teamed up to respond to three separate Southeastern New England maritime emergencies since Thursday evening. "Since last night, the command center's four person watch team utilized our technology and partnerships with local agencies to expertly execute three separate search and rescue cases, saving five lives," said Captain John Kondratowicz, Commander of Sector Southeastern New England. At about 4:30 Friday, the captain aboard the fishing boat Sasha Lee used a VHF-FM radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England and relay they were taking on water 11 miles…
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US News

2015 Was Weakest Year for Retail Since 2009

retail sales fell percent in December, ending a very disappointing year for holiday sales and raising new concerns about consumer spending in 2016.  All told, retail sales rose percent for all of of 2015, a far cry from the percent gain the year before. Much of the downward pressure has been attributed to plunging oil prices, which have sent gasoline prices to a seven-year low in the United States. Some economists believed the lower gasoline prices would give American consumers more disposable income. But new data from the Commerce Department suggests Americans pocketed the savings instead of splurging on holiday…
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US News

Carter Announces Pick for Chief of Central Command

VOA News Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that Army General Joseph Votel will be nominated as commander of Central Command, which overseas operations in Iraq and Syria. Carter said Thursday Votel was his "only recommendation to the president." Votel, who heads special operations forces, would take over leadership of Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State. He would succeed Army General Lloyd Austin, who is retiring. Votel's appointment would reflect President Barack Obama's decision to move into more special operations-related activities in the war against Islamic State. Votel, 57, is a former commander…
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Politics

DONALD J. TRUMP RELEASES SECOND AD TO BEGIN AIRING IN IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

TV Spot Called “Our Country” Features Trump Emphasizing his Message to Make America Great Again (New York, NY) January 15th, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump released the second major advertisement to begin airing in Iowa and New Hampshire. The buy is a total of $2 million dollars with $ million spent in Iowa and nearly $1 million allocated to New Hampshire. Mr. Trump stated, “I have tremendous crowds, we are leading all the polls and there are so many people that want to see our country be greater than ever before. My life has been about winning and Iowa…
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Entertainment

Jennifer López recuerda sus inicios como bailarina con Brenda K. Starr

El tercer episodio de “American Idol” (Fox) inició anoche de una forma muy emotiva con la audición de la hija de la cantante Brenda K. Starr, Gianna Isabella. Si no recuerda a la artista, quizás conozca su tema “I Still Believe”, que se convirtió en un éxito radial a finales de la década de los ochenta. Si bien la joven de 15 años demostró su talento vocal y ganó el codiciado pase amarillo para la próxima ronda en Hollywood, lo que se destacó de la audición fue el reencuentro de Brenda K. Starr con Jennifer López. Resulta que ambas iniciaron…
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Entertainment

Muere esposo de Celine Dion

Rene Angelil, el esposo y mánager de la cantante canadiense Celine Dion, murió en su residencia en un suburbio de Las Vegas. Tenía 73 años y había luchado contra el cáncer de garganta. Angelil falleció en Henderson donde era cuidado por un médico, dijo el forense del condado de Clark John Fudenberg. El deceso ocurrió por causas naturales y no se esperaba una investigación al respecto, dijo Fudenberg. La oficina del forense fue informada de la muerte el jueves. Un mensaje en la página oficial de Dion en Facebook también confirmó la pérdida: "Con gran tristeza anunciamos que René Angélil,…
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World News

Iran Fills Nuclear Reactor Core with Concrete, US Says

VOA News The confirmed Thursday that Iran has poured concrete into the core of the Arak nuclear reactor, making it nearly impossible to produce weapons-grade plutonium at the facility. This was one of the major issues preventing full implementation of the nuclear agreement Iran signed in July with six world powers, including the United States. Iranian officials also affirmed that the core of the reactor was taken out. "The core vessel of the Arak reactor has been removed ... and IAEA inspectors will visit the site to verify it and report it to the IAEA," a spokesman for Iran's atomic…
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