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Reed Statement on 9/11 Remembrance

WASHINGTON, DC - Today marks 18 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 and their families: "9/11 touched us all. Eighteen years later, we still mourn those we lost in the horrific attack and remember the courage and compassion of those who risked everything trying to help. "We will never forget the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. It's important to reflect on the lessons of 9/11, learn from the past and try to summon the spirit of unity to build a brighter future." Later today in Washington,…
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As 9/11 Dawns, Trump Blasts Fed Members as ‘Boneheads’

VOA News By Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says the is missing out economically because "Boneheads" at the Federal Reserve won't lower interest rates at his insistence. The Fed is meeting next week and is expected to trim its benchmark rate by another quarter point after cutting the rate for the first time in a decade in July. FILE - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell walks to the podium during a news conference in Washington, July 31, 2019. Trump has been pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to drop rates to zero. The rate currently is in a range of…
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US Officials Fear Disjointed Battle Against the ‘Global Cyber Pandemic’

VOA News By Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON - Security officials these days are anything but shy when they describe the dangers facing the United States in cyberspace. “We’re in the midst, I think we all know, of a global cyber pandemic,” the National Security Agency’s top lawyer warned at a conference last week. And NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell did not stop there. FILE - The National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. “I think it’s probably fair to say it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he ; “The opportunities for cyber mischief are increasing at a…
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Pompeo: Trump Correctly Called Off Taliban Talks Because of Its Terrorist Attacks

By Ken Bredemeier Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "made the right decision" to call off peace talks with Taliban leaders at his presidential retreat because of the terrorist group's on-going attacks in Afghanistan. "We need to see them capable of delivering on their promises" to end violence in the war-torn country before they are "rewarded" with a meeting with Trump, Pompeo told CNN. He made no commitment on whether or when peace talks would resume. The top American diplomat said Trump's planned Sunday meetings at his Camp David retreat outside Washington with the Taliban and…
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US Farmers Push for United States, Canada, Mexico Trade Agreement

VOA News - By Kane Farabaugh DECATUR, ILL. - Continuous wet weather disrupted the spring planting season for Southern Illinois farmer Jim Raben, meaning he is anticipating a lean harvest this year. “For our area and probably for our farm, probably 20, 25% prevent plant,” he told VOA at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. “Then there were also failed acres later on that were under water or whatever reason, that’s another 10%.” Raben admits the weather is one of the great variables that no one can control. But human actions are playing a big role in other factors…
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4 Dead, Dozens Missing After Fire Broke Out Aboard Dive Boat Off California Coast

By VOA News The Coast Guard says at least four people are dead and more than two dozen others are missing and feared dead after a fire erupted aboard a dive boat off the coast of Southern California. Coast Guard officials said five crew members were rescued after the fire broke out on the 20-meter commercial dive boat, called Conception, which was anchored near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Santa Barbara. They said they are searching for other passengers who have not been accounted for. Officials say the missing passengers were sleeping below desk when the fire broke out…
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The Rhode Island State Police arrest a Quonset Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief

The Rhode Island State Police announce the arrest of a Quonset Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief for Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity and Indecent Solicitation of a Child. On August 30, 2019, Stephen E. Barker, age 49, of 317 Namquid Drive, Warwick was arrested for one (1) felony count of Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity and for one (1) felony count of Indecent Solicitation of a Child following an investigation by detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Major Crimes Unit. The investigation revealed that Mr. Barker allegedly provided monetary compensation for a juvenile to perform…
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Gunman sentenced to life in prison for 2018 murder of Central High student

William Parsons, 15 years old, murdered September 5, 2018 Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that Joel Loarca (age 17), of Providence, pleaded guilty to five criminal counts and was given a life sentence plus an additional 10 years to serve at the ACI for the 2018 murder of 15-year-old William Parsons outside of the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA). Superior Court Justice Luis M. Matos sentenced Loarca after he pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a firearm on school grounds, assault with a dangerous weapon, and…
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South Korea Scrapping Intel Pact Strains US Alliance

VOA News/By William Gallo South Korea’s decision to end a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan won't necessarily have an immediate impact on regional security, but the move could challenge the Korea alliance at a particularly tense moment, analysts ; South Korea announced Thursday it does not plan to renew the intelligence sharing agreement, escalating Seoul’s bitter trade dispute that is rooted in historical tensions with its colonial occupier Japan. The move was a blow for the United States, which helped negotiate the deal in hopes it would allow South Korea and Japan to work more closely on challenges including…
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Poll: 62% Disapprove of How Trump Is Handling His Job

VOA News/By Associated Press NEW YORK - About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the economy but gives him weak marks on other major issues. Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president; 62% disapprove. The numbers may be ugly for a first-term president facing reelection in 14 months, but they are remarkably consistent. Trump's approval rating has never dipped below 32%…
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