World News

Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Recaptured in Mexico

VOA News Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says authorities have captured fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who brazenly escaped from prison through a secret underground tunnel seven months ago. The president announced Guzman's capture in a brief announcement in Spanish Friday on Twitter: "Mission accomplished. We have him." A Mexican official told The Associated Press that Guzman was arrested after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Guzman's home state. Acting on a tip, authorities said a squad of Mexican marines raided a house in Los Mochis at dawn Friday, and gunfire…
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US News

US Sanctions Hezbollah Financier

VOA News January 07, 2016 The Treasury Department sanctioned a key Hezbollah support network Thursday, targeting financier and member Ali Youssef Charara and his telecommunications company, Spectrum Investment Group. As a result, all the assets of Charara and Spectrum that are based in the United States or in the possession or control of persons are frozen, and persons are generally barred from conducting transactions with them. Charara has received millions of dollars from Hezbollah to invest in commercial projects that financially support the group. Adam J. Szubin, acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Hezbollah relies on accomplices…
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Health

2015 Was Second Hottest Ever in US

VOA News January 07, 2016 A hot December made 2015 the second hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "It was quite an exceptional month," said Jake Crouch, climate scientist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. Temperatures for the year averaged degrees Celsius, just off 2012’s , the hottest year since records started in 1895. NOAA also said there were 10 major weather and climate events in 2015, resulting in the deaths of 155 and causing more than $1 billion in included a drought, two floods, five severe…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1838 Morse demonstrates telegraph

On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University, where he was interested in art, as well as electricity, still in its infancy at the time. After college, Morse became a painter. In 1832, while sailing home from…
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US News

US Marine Appeals Murder Conviction in Death of Transgender Filipino

VOA News January 06, 2016 7:29 AM A Marine is appealing his conviction in the death of a transgender Filipino woman, his lawyer said Wednesday. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was found guilty of homicide in December for killing Jennifer Laude after he found out she was a transgender woman. Judge Roline Ginez Jabalde had sentenced Pemberton to six to 12 years in prison, with credit for his confinement, and ordered him to pay nearly $100,000 in damages to the Laude family. On Wednesday, Pemberton asked a regional trial court judge in Olongapo, northwest of Manila, to reverse his conviction,…
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US News

Drought-stricken California Welcomes El Nino’s Storms

Associated Press January 06, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO—Despite the potential for flooding and mudslides, storms moving toward California were welcome news for a state suffering from a severe drought. But officials warned against reverting to old water-use habits. As the first of the storms drenched the state on Tuesday, authorities cautioned that even the wettest of winters can't replenish depleted reservoirs and aquifers unless everyone keeps pitching in. California's water deficit is so deep after four years of drought that a "steady parade of storms" like these will be needed for years to come, said Mike Anderson, climatologist for the state's…
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Man Arrested for Vandalizing Florida Mosque

VOA News January 05, 2016 Authorities in the southern state of Florida have arrested a man accused of vandalizing a mosque with a machete and leaving pork products at the scene. Michael Scott Wolfe, 35, was arrested Monday in Titusville, Florida. He is being charged with criminal mischief of a religious building, a third degree felony. It is unclear whether he will be charged with a hate crime, which carries stiffer penalties. Authorities said on the evening January 1, Wolfe broke into the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque and used a machete to smash windows, lights and…
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Featured

Militiamen Press Ahead in Oregon Standoff

Chris Hannas January 05, 2016 Armed anti-government activists pressed on with their occupation of a wildlife reserve in the northwestern state of Oregon on Tuesday, despite the father and son at the center of the group's protest returning to jail and distancing themselves from the activists. What began with a splinter group from peaceful protests backing local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond has turned into a four-day standoff focused on larger complaints about the way the federal government manages the land it owns, especially in western states. The group, led by Ammon Bundy, has pledged to stay for as long…
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US News

US Detains 121 Illegal Immigrants for Deportation

VOA News January 04, 2016 officials say immigration authorities have taken 121 people into custody since Friday, in the first raids targeting the deportation of families who have entered the United States illegally since May 2014. Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson said the detainees were taken into custody in the states of Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. He described them as members of Central American families who crossed into territory from Mexico. Authorities said the detainees already had been ordered removed by an immigration court, after they had exhausted legal means to avoid being sent to their homelands. Johnson said…
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30th Arrest: Transit Impostor Says He Needs Help Not Prison

NEW YORK —Darius McCollum's addiction isn't for booze and pills — it's for buses and trains. The New York transit impostor who first commandeered a train at age 15 has been arrested 30 times over the years for transit-related crimes. Most recently, he was nabbed in November behind the wheel of a Greyhound bus that officials say he had stolen from a depot in New Jersey. Now McCollum, who is 50 and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, is worried what will happen to him next. He says the obsession that's put him behind bars for half his adult…
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