Aplazan sentencia por narcotráfico contra Tony Hernández en Nueva York

VOA News Laura Sepúlveda NUEVA YORK — La sentencia por narcotráfico contra Tony Hernández –hermano del presidente hondureño Juan Orlando Hernández- fue aplazada este viernes, según documentos a los que tuvo acceso la Voz de América. Se trata de dos nuevos documentos donde Hernández hace peticicón de un abogado de oficio al juez de caso, y en otro se detalla la respuesta del juez Kevin Castel sobre las instrucciones a seguir. Los documentos entran al sistema de cortes en el proceso contra Hernández, quien en una corte federal de Nueva York fue hallado culpable de narcotráfico en octubre de 2019. En una…
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Segunda oleada de influenza azota a EE.UU.

VOA News AP Una segunda oleada de influenza azota a Estados Unidos convirtiendo a la actual temporada en una de las peores para los niños en una década. La cifra de muertes infantiles y la tasa de hospitalización de niños son las más altas registradas en esta fecha para cualquier temporada desde el severo brote de influenza de 2009-2010, dijeron el viernes funcionarios de salud. Y la oleada podría durar semanas. Los expertos dicen que es quizá un mal momento para una temporada larga de influenza debido a las inquietudes causadas por el nuevo coronavirus surgido en China, cuyos síntomas…
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US: No Start Date Yet for Temporary Afghan Truce

VOA News By Ayaz Gul, Carla Babb ISLAMABAD / MUNICH - Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Saturday that consultations were still underway on setting a start date for a seven-day trial of reduced violence negotiated with the Taliban in ;   “That is a moving date because we are still doing consultations, if you will, ... so I can't give you a hard date right now,” Esper told reporters in Munich, Germany, after attending a security conference ; officials have said a successful implementation of the temporary reduction in violence would pave the way for a comprehensive peace deal with the insurgent…
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Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Announces Funding Opportunities to Pawtucket Arts

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald R. Grebien announces two City grant programs, oneto support 501 (c) 3 art organizations to pay operating expenses andanother to bring free artistic and musical programming in September duringthe upcoming Pawtucket Arts Festival. "Pawtucket truly is Rhode Island's creative community. By supporting ourarts community, we are able to bring quality programming to ourresidents," says Mayor Grebien. "Arts can also become a powerful economicengine to bring people to the city's arts studio's galleries, theatre,music venues and restaurants." According to Mayor Grebien, the Arts Panel Grants Program (APGP) bringsfree programing to the public at the Pawtucket Arts Festival.…
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New Year Brings New Uptick in Scams Targeting Rhode Islanders

National Grid and Attorney General’s Office Warn CustomersTo Be Vigilant and Know Tips to Stay Protected PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and National Grid are warning electric and gas customers to be vigilant of potential scammers posing as bill collectors trying to take advantage of them. Over the past several weeks there has been an increased volume of reported scam attempts targeting residential and business customers by phone. Both the Attorney General’s Office and National Grid want customers to know how to protect themselves. Scammers are using a variety of methods these days to prey on…
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Providence man sentenced 5 years after pleading guilty to PVDFest shooting

Michael Robertson (age 25), of Providence, pleaded guilty today to possession of a pistol without a license, possession of a firearm after a crime of violence, and firing in a compact area, in connection with a shooting at Providence’s PVDFest in June. Superior Court Associate Justice Robert Krause sentenced Robertson to 10 years with 5 to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with the balance suspended with probation. “Firing a gun in the middle of a crowded event is more than just being foolish or reckless – people could have been killed,” said Attorney General Neronha. “PVDFest is a community…
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10 Ads to Watch for on Super Bowl Sunday

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - This year's Super Bowl won't be a politics-free zone, as both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will air campaign ads during the game. But most other advertisers will offer escape  from impeachment and the upcoming presidential election by stuffing multiple celebrities in their ads, appropriating iconic songs, going for inoffensive humor, and trying to tug at people's heartstrings. Here are 10 ads to watch for during Sunday's game in Miami: AMAZON Amazon's ad stars Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, imagining life before the company's voice…
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Punxsutawney Phil Declares Early Spring

By VOA News Punxsutawney Phil, the American groundhog famous for predicting the end of winter in the United States, did not see his shadow Sunday morning, indicating that spring will come early this year. "Hear ye, hear ye!" a member of Phil's "inner circle" yelled to cheering crowds after presenting the furry rodent. "There is no shadow of me, spring will be early — it's a certainty!" he screamed as the audience around Gobbler's Knob clapped. Feb. 2 marks Groundhog Day, when traditionally a Pennsylvania groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil makes an appearance above ground, near the cozy tree stump he calls…
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Raimondo Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy, Announces New Criminal Justice Reforms

PROVIDENCE, RI - In her annual address at the Minister's Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced new criminal justice reforms. Through a series of proposals in her FY21 budget and administrative actions, the Governor plans to implement recommendations from her Criminal & Juvenile Justice Working Group. "Every citizen deserves to know that their criminal justice system is one truly rooted in equality and fairness," said Governor Raimondo. "We made major progress in my first term with our Justice Reinvestment work, but significant challenges remain. These new reforms will help eliminate barriers to reentry…
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ACLU TAKES LEGAL ACTION OVER UNLAWFUL ARREST OF 13-YEAR-OLD HONORS STUDENT

A legal claim for damages has been sent today to the City of Pawtucket over a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) gratuitous and unlawful handcuffing and arrest of a 13-year-old African-American middle school honors student. The damages claim was submitted by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorney Shannah Kurland as a required legal prerequisite to the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the student, Tre’sur Johnson. Last June, Tre’sur and another student got into a scuffle in the Goff Middle School schoolyard before the school day started. It was quickly broken up by other students, and neither student was hurt.…
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