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Look But Don’t Touch as Smartphone’s Flexible Future Unfolds

VOANews/Reuters BARCELONA — Flexible and folding formats framed the future of smartphones this week as manufacturers focused on new forms in an effort to jolt the market out of uniformity and re-invigorate sales. But anyone hoping to tap or swipe Huawei's Mate X, a smartphone that wraps the screen around the front and back, was soon disappointed at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress. Initial cheers were quickly followed by gasps when the Chinese firm revealed its eye-watering 2,299 euros ($2,600) price tag, although that includes a 5G connection. This is even more than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, which was unveiled last week and…
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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Mueller’s Appointment

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court panel has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment in a case involving an associate of Roger Stone. The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released its opinion Tuesday. The case before the court was brought by Andrew Miller. He is an associate of Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser. Miller refused to testify before a grand jury in the Russia probe, challenging the legitimacy of Mueller's appointment. A lower court held Miller in contempt. Miller's attorney, Paul Kamenar, has said the issue of Mueller's appointment…
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Ex-Lawyer Cohen’s Testimony in Congress Poses High Risks for Trump

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — In what promises to be a riveting and historic televised hearing, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former long-time personal lawyer, is set to appear before a House oversight panel Wednesday to provide an intimate look at the Trump business empire. Cohen will become the highest-profile witness since the 1970s Watergate scandal to testify in Congress against a sitting American president. Cohen’s tell-all public testimony providing potentially damaging evidence about Trump’s political and business activities both before and after his 2016 presidential victory will come while the president is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim…
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Trump Arrives in Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim

VOA NEWS/Steve Herman ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE —  President Donald Trump is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim Jong Un amid hopes for a deal that would lead to the North Korean leader giving up his nuclear weapons. "I think we'll have a very tremendous summit. We want denuclearization, and I think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump said in remarks at the White House before departing National Security Advisor John Bolton, two months ago, said a second summit was needed because North Korea had…
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Attorney General Neronha proposes new bill that will recognize addiction as a public health crisis, prioritizing treatment over felony prosecution

New bill would reclassify Simple Drug Possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, recognizing Simple Drug Possession as non-felony conduct, reducing collateral consequences of drug addiction, and re-focusing resources on public safety priorities Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha today announced a proposed bill that would reclassify simple drug possession for personal use as a misdemeanor, bringing Rhode Island’s statute in line with at least 20 other states. Currently, simple possession for personal use—of 1 ounce or less of a controlled substance other than marijuana—is a felony under Rhode Island law, punishable by up to 3 years in prison…
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Democrats’ Stand on Border Security, Immigration a Work in Progress

VOA NEWS/Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL — President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have blasted Democrats for going easy on immigration enforcement — allegations that only intensified throughout the contentious 35-day government shutdown earlier this year triggered by a dispute over Trump's demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall. Immigration and border security controversies festered throughout the 2018 midterm election as the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives. The issues are certain to dominate the debate in the coming months as Democratic candidates position themselves to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential campaign. Trump has leveled…
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Trump Heads to Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim

VOA NEWS/Steve Herman ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE —  President Donald Trump is heading to Hanoi for his second summit with Kim Jong Un amid hopes for a deal that would lead to the North Korean leader to give up his nuclear weapons. "I think we'll have a very tremendous summit. We want denuclearization, and I think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump said in remarks at the White House before departing. National Security Advisor John Bolton, two months ago, said a second summit was needed because North…
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R. Kelly ha sido acusado con 10 cargos de abuso sexual agravado

Por Sara Sidner (CNN) — La fiscalía estatal del condado de Cook ha emitido una acusación de 10 cargos de abuso sexual agravado. contra el músico R. Kelly, según confirmó la fiscal Kim Foxx. Un jurado investigador fue convocado en el condado de Cook, Illinois, a principios de este mes en relación con las nuevas acusaciones contra Kelly, dijeron a CNN dos fuentes cercanas al caso. Eso sucedió inmediatamente después de que el abogado Michael Avenatti anunció que había entregado a fiscalía del estado un video que, según dijo, mostraba a Kelly teniendo relaciones sexuales con una menor de edad. Steve Greenberg, un abogado…
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El propietario de los Patriots, Robert Kraft, acusado de solicitar sexo

Por CNN (CNN) — El propietario de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra, Robert Kraft, fue acusado de dos cargos de solicitar la prostitución de otra persona en un spa en Jupiter, Florida, informó la policía de esa localidad. El jefe de policía Daniel Kerr anunció que dueño del equipo de la NFL fue arrestado en el marco de un operativo de varios meses contra la trata de personas. Cuando se le preguntó acerca de los cargos contra el propietario de los Patriots, Kerr dijo que se derivan de “dos visitas diferentes” al Orchids of Asia Day Spa de Jupiter. Un portavoz de…
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Rep. Diaz to host celebration of 175 years of Dominican Republic independence, heritage

STATE HOUSE — In conjunction with the Dominican Independence and Heritage Award Committee of Rhode Island, Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) and former state Sen. Juan Pichardo will host the Dominican Republic Independence Anniversary and Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 at the Providence Marriott Hotel at 1 Orms St. The celebration will commemorate the anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence from Haiti, which took place on Feb. 27, 1844. “The celebration of this important historic moment is the perfect time to reflect on the impact Dominican culture continues to have on Rhode Island,” said Representative Diaz.…
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