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South Carolina Congressional Candidate Injured

VOA NEWS South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said Saturday. South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington was injured Saturday in a car accident. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state…
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Happy (Founding) Father’s Day

VOA News/Anna Matteo In the United States on the third Sunday of June we celebrate Father’s Day! So, today we celebrate fathers with some expressions that use the word “father” and “dad.” Let’s begin with a great father idiom! Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Without parents, orphans can often feel alone in the world. There is no adult to claim them, so to speak. We can say the same about failures. Often people, do not want to claim them as their own. People may not want to…
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Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage

VOA News Growing up, Timothy “Twix” Ward, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona, thought he was “normal.” But his family recognized there was something “special” about him. “It wasn’t until I got older that I knew who I was, that I was different from everyone else,” he said. Ward identifies not as a man or a woman, but both — and neither: Twix Ward is a Two-Spirit. The term was first devised in Winnipeg, Canada, during a 1990 inter-tribal conference of Native American/First Nations gays and lesbians. Derived from the Ojibwe language, the term was deliberately…
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Record-Setting US Astronaut Whitson Retires

VOA News astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has spent more time in space than any other American, retired Friday. During her career, Whitson logged 665 days in space over three missions, the equivalent of about one year and 10 months outside the Earth's atmosphere. Whitson was also the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and the oldest woman ever to fly in space. "It's been the greatest honor to live out my lifelong dream of being a @NASA Astronaut,'' Whitson wrote on Twitter. She thanked "all who have supported me along the way'' and said…
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Allies in G-7 Vow to Fight US Tariffs, See Threat to Growth

VOA News/Agencies WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The United States' allies in the G-7 vowed Thursday to push back against Washington's decision to impose tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, saying as they gathered for a meeting that the move threatens global growth. The escalating trade conflict between the United States and many key allies will dominate the three-day meeting in Canada of financial leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations that began Thursday, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin the top target for their complaints and lobbying. The United States said it was moving ahead to impose tariffs of 25…
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Facebook Shareholders Ask Company Leaders for More Accountability

VOA News/Michelle Quinn MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA — Outside Facebook's annual shareholders meeting Thursday, a lone protester paced on the sidewalk, carrying a flag and a sign that read "Zuckerberg destroys shareholder value." Above, a small plane pulled a banner that read "You Broke Democracy." Inside, Facebook shareholders offered both praise and criticism of the company's leadership. The social media giant has been in a constant spotlight over how foreign actors used its service to try to influence elections worldwide. It suffered a double blow when it was revealed that 87 million users' information had gone to a political consulting firm without…
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UN Threatens South Sudan With Sanctions

VOA News/Ken Schwartz The Security Council is giving South Sudan one month to stop fighting and sign a peace deal or face an arms embargo and sanctions. The council passed a resolution Thursday with the minimum nine votes needed for approval. Six members abstained. The resolution calls on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report back to the council on June 30. If there is still fighting and no “viable political agreement,” the council will consider an arms embargo and sanctions against six top South Sudanese officials. Ethnic fighting has raged in South Sudan since 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva…
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Foxwoods Resort Casino and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Announce Major Sponsorship of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to be held Sunday, July 22, 2018 as part of a multi-year agreement with NHMS. LOUDON, – Foxwoods Resort Casino, home of “The Wonder of it All” and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have teamed up to bring a little extra wonder to “The Magic Mile” in Loudon, The two New England destinations have joined forces for a multi-year entitlement partnership naming the July 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race the “Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.” “This is just the beginning of a wonderful new partnership with the region’s most popular destination resort,” said David McGrath, executive vice…
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Amtrak Refreshes Interiors of Acela Express Trains

Updates will provide a more modern, comfortable customer experience WASHINGTON - Amtrak is investing in an extensive refresh of its train interiors on the entire Acela Express fleet, which travels along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington, DC, aimed at introducing a more modern and comfortable customer experience. "Customers expect a premium experience when they board an Acela Express train, and these updated interior features will provide a more comfortable, refreshed look and feel - whether you want to relax, move about freely, work or play," said Amtrak CEO and President Richard Anderson. The Acela Express refresh is…
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Alert Warns of More Lava and Possible Explosion at Hawaiian Volcano

PAHOA, HAWAII — Residents near Hawaii's Kilauea volcano faced warnings Monday that more lava-spewing fissures could open near their homes and that the volcano's summit may be getting ready for an explosion that could scatter ash and debris for miles. Since Kilauea began erupting May 3, nearly 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as 18 giant fissures ripped through the area, including two new ones that opened Sunday with ear-piercing screeches that sent lava and rocks flying. But the Geological Survey also has warned that pent-up steam could cause an explosion at the top of the volcano as the pool…
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