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Cincinnati Zoo Names Baby Penguin ‘Bowie’ After Singer

Associated Press CINCINNATI, OHIO—Having already earned a measure of "Fame'' with the Cincinnati Zoo's first animal birth of 2016, a newborn penguin chick has been named "Bowie.''The zoo says the baby known as a blue or fairy penguin hatched at 6 Friday, weighing less than 2 ounces. Friday was both David Bowie's and Elvis Presley's birthday, and the zoo says there was a lot of support for the Elvis name. But the zoo already has a king penguin named for "the King,'' so "Bowie'' was the choice for the new arrival. Director Thane Maynard says the year's first baby is…
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Entertainment

Actor Sean Pen Interviewed Mexican Drug Lord for ‘Rolling Stone’

actor Sean Penn met with legendary Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Mexico, months before his capture, for an interview posted onRolling Stone magazine's website late Saturday, a day after Guzman was captured by Mexican authorities. Guzman "proudly" volunteers to Penn "I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.  I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats."  Penn described Guzman as "entirely unapologetic." "If there was not consumption, there would be no sales," Guzman says about his drug trafficking.  "It is true that consumption, day after day, becomes bigger and…
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Politics

Poll: Close 2016 Races in Iowa, New Hampshire

VOA News Republican Party presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are in a virtual dead heat in Iowa, while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are also locked in a close race there, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. Clinton and Sanders are also within the margin of error in New Hampshire, while Trump has built a 16-point lead in the state, NBC and the Journal reported. Iowa holds its caucuses on February 1, while the New Hampshire primary is February 9. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with Cynthia Johnson of Osage,…
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World News

Talks on Afghan Peace Process to Begin Monday in Pakistan

VOA News Last updated on: January 10, 2016 7:37 AM Pakistan is set to host four-way talks Monday on reviving the Afghan peace process.  The talks will include Afghanistan, China and the United States. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni said Saturday the representatives meeting in Islamabad will discuss a “roadmap for peace talks.”  The discussions were agreed to during a visit to Kabul by Pakistan's army chief, General Raheel Sharif, in December. Pakistan is believed to have influence over the Taliban, but relations with Afghanistan have been tense in recent months.  The two countries have long accused each…
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US News

US Warplane Flies Over South Korea in Show of Force to North

VOA News A long-range military bomber flew over South Korea Sunday, in an apparent response to North Korea over its latest nuclear weapons test. The B-52 bomber, which is capable of carrying nuclear weapons, was seen flying over Osan Air Base, located 72 kilometers south of the border that separates the two Koreas, before heading back to its home base on nearby Guam.  The bomber was accompanied by two fighter planes from the and South Korea. Navy Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., the commander of the Pacific Command, issued a statement calling the flight a demonstration of the ironclad commitment…
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Politics

Washington Gears Up for Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON—"America can do anything,” President Barack Obama said Saturday, previewing a theme of his final State of the Union address this president and his Republican critics will differ in assessing the past seven years and clash on what the United States needs going forward. Obama sees progress made and a stronger foundation on which to build. “Our businesses are now on a 70-month streak of job creation, with more than 14 million new jobs in all,” the president said. “We’ve made historic investments in clean energy and put ourselves on a path to a low-carbon future. We’ve brought more than…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1790 President George Washington delivers first State of the Union

On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address to the assembled Congress in New York City. Washington began by congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs, most notable of which was North Carolina’s recent decision to join the federal republic. North Carolina had rejected the Constitution in July 1788 because it lacked a bill of rights. Under the terms of the Constitution, the new government acceded to power after only 11 of the 13 states accepted the document. By the time North Carolina ratified in November 1789, the…
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US News

Suspect Arrested after Philadelphia Policeman Shot in Name of IS

VOA News Last updated on: January 08, 2016 A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group ambushed a police officer Thursday as he sat in his marked car in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, firing multiple times at the officer. According to authorities, the officer, who was struck three times in the left arm, managed to fire back and hit the 30-year-old assailant, who ran off but was later apprehended. The stricken police officer is identified as 33-year-old Jesse Hartnett. He is expected to survive but will require multiple surgeries, police said Friday. There was no immediate word…
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Politics

During Town Hall, Obama Takes Aim at NRA

Days after announcing new executive actions meant to reduce gun violence, President Barack Obama made his pitch to the public Thursday at a town hall style meeting, where he lashed out at the nation's largest gun rights group. During the hour-long forum hosted by CNN, Obama accused the powerful National Rifle Association of having a "stranglehold on Congress" and said it is opportunistically perpetrating the "conspiracy" that the federal government is trying to "take away your guns." "The NRA has convinced many of its members that somebody's going to come grab your guns, which is by the way, really profitable…
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US Drone Strike Kills at Least 17 IS Militants in Afghanistan

SLAMABAD—A suspected US drone strike Friday killed at least 17 Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan shortly after the extremist group beheaded seven people in the same area, said officials and residents. The violence occurred in the remote Achin district of Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan. The volatile district is where IS is believed to have setup its strong bases. Ataullah Khogyani, a provincial governor spokesman, told VOA that six Taliban insurgents were among those beheaded by Daesh, the Arabic acronym for IS. He added that while the executions were being carried out missiles fired by an unmanned US aircraft…
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