World News

Greek PM Faces New Battle to Secure Bailout Approval

LONDON—Greece's government on Tuesday submitted tough new bailout legislation to parliament, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pressing lawmakers to support reforms demanded by European creditors in exchange for badly needed cash. The bill specifies new taxes, pension reforms, tighter supervision of government finances and the sell-off of 50 billion euros' worth of public sector assets. European creditors are demanding parliamentary approval by Wednesday as a starting point for new negotiations on another bailout worth nearly $95 billion. European leaders announced agreement on the new demands Monday as part of an effort to provide immediate relief to cash-starved Greek banks, which…
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Politics

US Lawmakers Divided on Iran Nuclear Pact

WASHINGTON— lawmakers gave sharply diverging reactions to the landmark nuclear accord announced with Iran, with Republicans far more hostile than most Democrats. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted President Barack Obama would have a “real challenge” getting the pact through a skeptical, Republican-led Congress, and criticized it as “the best deal acceptable to Iran, rather than one that might actually end Iran’s nuclear program." “The Iranians appear to have prevailed in this negotiation, maintaining thousands of centrifuges, enriching their threshold nuclear capability instead of ending it, reaping a multibillion-dollar windfall to spend freely on terrorism,” he added. Similarly, House…
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Community

Two AIDS Service Organizations Joining Forces for Events

AIDS Project Rhode Island and AIDS Care Ocean State have announced that the organizations will be collaborating on two major fundraising events taking place in late summer.   On Sunday, August 23, the organizations are unveiling the “High Heel Dash Race & Block Party,” in downtown Providence. On Sunday, September 13, the annual AIDS Walk RI will take place, with AIDS Care Ocean State as a full partner in the project with AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has been running the walk for decades.   “We’ll be pooling our resources to make these events great successes,” said AIDS Project Rhode…
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Featured

Reed Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: “This agreement demonstrates the power of American-led diplomacy and establishes a strict and robust monitoring and verification system.  If fully implemented, this deal will help control Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. “As President Obama points out, the accord is not built on trust, but on verification.  Any attempt by Iran to break the rules or covertly pursue nuclear weapons must be met with swift, forceful, and decisive action by the United States and the international…
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Politics

Cicilline Joins Small Business Committee Chair to Expand Access to Capital for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today approved the Small Business Investment Company Capital Act, 1023, legislation that expands the amount of outstanding leverage available to commonly-controlled Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) through the Small Business Administration (SBA) by $125 million, at no additional cost to taxpayers. Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) introduced the bipartisan proposal in February. “People all over the country have jobs because SBIC partnerships with small businesses helped those businesses open their doors. Our bill makes those partnerships stronger and helps make more good-paying jobs a reality at no…
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Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending July 11

 We’re counting down the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending July 11, 2015. Last Saturday was July 4, U-S Independence Day. Every act in this week’s Top Five is from the United States, with one exception…and that’s fitting because we are a nation of immigrants. Let’s open in fifth place where Walk The Moon, from Cincinnati, Ohio, holds with “Shut Up And Dance.”This song is taking off internationally. “Shut Up And Dance” holds in fourth place this week on the UK chart, while reaching third place in Australia, fourth place in Canada, and…
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Entertainment

Miss Oklahoma Wins Miss USA Contest

BATON ROUGE, LA. —Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, wearing a hot pink strapless dress as she deftly fielded the interview portion of the competition by saying the country needed to improve race relations to beat out 50 other contestants. After weeks of controversy generated by pageant co-owner Donald Trump's critical comments about Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance. Instead, the focus was on women like Jordan and others who'd worked hard to get to the stage. The 26-year-old winner was followed by first runner-up Ylianna…
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Entertainment

Documentary Chronicles Rise and Fall of Jazz Singer Amy Winehouse

Jazz superstar Amy Winehouse rocketed to fame, and disappeared just as suddenly and surprisingly. Her rise and fall is chronicled in a new documentary called simply, Amy, by filmmaker Asif Kapadia. Using anecdotal home videos shot by Winehouse’s friends and producers, concert material, public interviews and recording sessions, Kapadia creates a delightful and haunting portrait of the iconic singer. It opens with a never seen before home video of a 14 year old Amy Winehouse singing happy birthday to a close friend. The footage shows the adolescent singer already commanding a seasoned raspy voice that poured out like honey. But the…
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Entertainment

Egyptian Actor Omar Sharif Dies at 83

CAIRO—Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, "Lawrence of Arabia'' and "Doctor Zhivago,'' died Friday. He was 83. FILE - Sharif arrives for the 'Lawrence of Arabia' premiere in Hollywood in 1962. Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital, his longtime agent, London-based Steve Kenis, and the head of Egypt's Theatrical Arts Guild, Ashraf Zaki, told The Associated Press. The actor had been suffering from Alzheimer's. Sharif was Egypt's biggest box-office star when director David Lean cast him in 1962's “Lawrence of Arabia.'' But he was…
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Politics

Clinton Vows to Raise Middle-class Incomes

WASHINGTON—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laid out an ambitious economic plan Monday, aimed at boosting economic growth and middle-class wages. In a speech at the New School in New York City, Clinton said as president she would be committed to both economic growth and fairness with a focus on raising incomes for middle-class Americans. “The defining economic challenge of our time is clear. We must raise incomes for hard-working Americans so they can afford a middle-class life," Clinton said. "We must drive strong and steady income growth that lifts up families and lifts up our country. And that will be…
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