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Accused Russian Spy in US Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — An accused Russian spy held by the United States on charges of infiltrating Republican Party circles to provide information to Moscow has reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty, court records showed Monday. Maria Butina, who was arrested in July and detained since then, is set to appear in a Washington court as soon as Tuesday, although the criminal offenses to which she is expected to plead guilty were not disclosed. The 30-year-old Butina had pleaded not guilty to allegations that she acted illegally as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, using a Russian…
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IRS sees surge in email phishing scams; Summit Partners urge taxpayers: ‘Don’t Take the Bait’

WASHINGTON ― With the approach of the holidays and the 2019 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry warned people to be on the lookout following a surge of new, sophisticated email phishing scams.    Taxpayers saw many more phishing scams in 2018 as the IRS recorded a 60 percent increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data. These schemes can endanger a taxpayer’s financial and tax data, allowing identity thieves a chance to try stealing a tax refund.   The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax community, partners in…
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Democratic Governors Elect Governor Gina Raimondo as Next DGA Chair

Governor Phil Murphy to Serve as Chair-Elect for 2020 NEW ORLEANS - America’s Democratic Governors voted today to elect Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2019. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will serve as Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for 2020. The vote came at the DGA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Raimondo has served as DGA Vice Chair since December 2017, alongside outgoing Chair Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington. “I am proud to step up and lead the Democratic Governors Association, and I join my fellow governors in…
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Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former President George H.W. Bush

PROVIDENCE,  - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities be flown at half-staff for 30 days in honor of former President George Bush. "George Herbert Walker Bush spent his life in service to the American people, and his passing is an enormous loss for our country," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "A patriot, a diplomat, a hero of war, and a devoted husband and father, Mr. Bush was a president driven by a moral compass - a man who saw the good in people and fought relentlessly…
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Truce in Trade War After Trump-Xi Dinner in Argentina

VOA News/Steve Herman BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — The world’s two largest economies, the and China, have agreed to a small truce in their escalating trade war after a meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping following the G-20 summit. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after the plane departed Argentina, said his agreement made over dinner with Xi, will go down “as one of the largest deals ever made. … And it’ll have an incredibly positive impact on farming, meaning agriculture, industrial products, computers — every type of product." Trump agreed that he will leave the tariffs…
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Trump May Agree to 2-Week Extension of Government Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump says he is willing to agree to a two-week extension of government funding to avoid conflicts with the ceremonies honoring the late President George Bush. Speaking on board Air force One on his way home from the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump said congressional leaders have asked for the extension because of Bush's funeral on Wednesday and other events this week honoring the country's 41st president. Trump said he "would absolutely consider it and probably give it." Funding for some government operations is currently set to run out on Friday, although much…
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Former President George H.W. Bush to Lie in State at Capitol

VOA News Former President George Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda starting Monday evening as Americans honor the life of the country's 41st president. The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket. He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health. Bush, who served a single term in the White House 1989 to 1993, will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, followed by burial…
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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies: A Life of Commitment to US

WASHINGTON — George Bush, the 41st president of the United States, a man born of patrician pedigree, but with a sense of honor, duty and service to his country that played out over the last 60 years of the 20th century, has died at his home in Houston, Texas. A family spokesman made the announcement late Friday. The former president was 94 and had been in poor health for several years, suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. In a life on the world stage and at the highest levels of the American political scene, Bush lost and…
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City of Pawtucket Announces Firefighter Recruitment

Applications to be Accepted from December 1st to December 31st Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Public Safety Director Police Chief Tina Goncalves, and Pawtucket Fire Department Chief William Sisson have announced that the Fire Department will be accepting applications beginning December 1st , 2018 and ending December 31st, 2018. “Pawtucket is a great community to live, work, and commit to public service” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Becoming a firefighter is a rewarding experience and holds the great responsibility of protecting our citizens and our community. We hope you will join our team.” “The Department consists of individuals whose selfless acts keeps our community…
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10 Tips for Safer Winter Generator Usage for Home & Business Owners

Follow manufacturer’s instructions and ensure proper ventilation, says The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Winter is here, and if your electricity goes out due to snow and ice, a generator can keep your power flowing to your home or business. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) () , an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators this winter. “Not having power when you need it is frustrating, so a generator can provide emergency backup power at a reasonable cost,” says Kris…
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