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Facebook Unable to Identify Who Was Behind Network of Fake Accounts

VOA News Facebook said Tuesday it had been unable to determine who was behind dozens of fake accounts it took down shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. “Combined with our takedown last Monday, in total we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, 6 Pages, and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, wrote on the company’s blog. At least one of the Instagram accounts had well over a million followers, according to Facebook. A website that said it represented the Russian state-sponsored Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the accounts last week, but Facebook said…
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Education

Former West Virginia Coal Mines Turned into Carbon-sucking Forests

VOA News/Steve Baragona ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Mist rises from the ripped-up and muddy earth as moist soil meets chilly morning air. This field deep within in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest looks more like a Game of Thrones battleground than a woodlands restoration project. This is how Chris Barton is bringing forests back to Appalachia's old strip mines: with a bulldozer tearing up the soil with meter-long metal teeth. "We've had a lot of people kind of look at us twice," he laughed. Barton is a forest scientist at the University of Kentucky. On these former mines, he's found that before he…
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Mattis to Visit US Southern Border Wednesday

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is due to visit the southern border Wednesday, where thousands of American troops have been deployed to support border patrol agents. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon, Mattis said there has been “no change” to the military mission “at this time.” "We’re doing the obstacle emplacement, we do have helicopters down there,” he said. “We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.” President Donald Trump called for increased border security to prevent a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants from Central…
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LPR News

Most Dangerous US States Might Surprise You

VOA News Alaska is by far the most dangerous state in the nation, according to the business website 24/7 Wall Street. The most sparsely populated of all states, Alaska has the highest rates of rape and aggravated assault in the nation. In 2017, there were 117 rapes and 575 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 residents. Both of those statistics are more than double the corresponding national rates. Last year's murder rate in Alaska was up 20 percent over the previous year. Sheriff's deputy at the entrance to Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, following a deadly shooting on campus, Dec.…
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California’s Deadliest Fire Leaves 48 Dead, Hundreds Missing

VOA News Search teams in the state of California found more bodies Tuesday in areas ravaged by the most destructive wildfire in the state's history, bringing the overall death toll to 48. Crews are working with cadaver dogs and a rapid DNA analysis system in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 people where in the span of a few days a rapidly moving fire destroyed more than 7,000 homes. Authorities said more than 200 people were still unaccounted for as the searches continued and the fire advanced to the north and east of Paradise. A volunteer search and rescue…
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Supreme Court Leaves Unenforced Net Neutrality Rules on Books

VOA News The legal battle to abolish Obama-era net neutrality rules designed to ensure internet providers give equal access to all online traffic ended Monday with the Supreme Court declining to take up the matter. The court decided not to hear appeals from telecommunications companies seeking to overturn a Court of Appeals ruling allowing the Obama-era regulations to stay on the books. Those rules have largely become irrelevant under the Trump administration, which reversed them in a Federal Communications Commission decision late last year. Net neutrality laws are designed to guarantee equal access to all parts of the internet, preventing…
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Why Young Voters Find It So Hard to Get to the Polls

VOA News/Kathleen Struck It’s disinterest. It’s selfishness. It’s preoccupation with avocado toast. For Americans under 30 — who only recently became the largest voting bloc in the and are oft-maligned for lack of civic participation — the largest barrier to voting might be square inches of aging technology. “The ‘finding-a-stamp thing’ is sometimes considered a joke, but a lot of young people have never had to mail anything because everything is done online,” said Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. “Or they have nice…
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US News

‘El Chapo’ Trial Set to Begin in New York

VOA News The trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman begins Monday in New York with jury selection. Authorities are boosting security for the trial, including keeping confidential the names of the 12 people who will be picked to serve on the jury and the six alternates. Opening statements are expected to begin November 13. Mexico extradited Guzman to the United States in 2017, and ever since he has been held in solitary confinement at a New York federal prison. Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges of running a massive drug-trafficking operation in North America, including…
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US Authorities: Mayhem at Pittsburgh Synagogue a ‘Hate Crime’

VOA/Ken Bredemeier Authorities investigating the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead are calling the mayhem a "hate crime," saying Sunday the suspected gunman shouted anti-Semitic threats as he opened fire. Charging documents said the suspect, Robert Gregory Bowers, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns, wanted all Jews to die and that Jews "were committing genocide to his people," an apparent reference to his belief that a Jewish refugee agency assisting foreign nationals entering the endangered non-Jews in America. In a message he apparently posted online just minutes before the attack, Bowers, 46,…
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DNA and a Fingerprint: How FBI Found Bomb Suspect

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he’d found work as a DJ. As he entertained patrons from a dimly lit booth overlooking a stage at the Ultra Gentlemen’s Club, where Halloween decorations hung in anticipation of a costume party, he could not have known that investigators that very evening were capitalizing on his own mistakes to build a case against him. He almost certainly had no idea that lab technicians had…
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