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New Museum Opening at Statue of Liberty

VOA News-Associated Press The original torch and flame, and full scale face model (R) are displayed in the new Statue of Liberty Museum, on Liberty Island, in New York, May 13, 2019. NEW YORK — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world. The 26,000-square-foot (2,415-square-meter) museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, is the new home for the statue's original torch and other artifacts which had previously been in a smaller museum space…
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Michigan Legislature to Vote to Ban Abortion Procedure

VOA News-Associated Press FILE - Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 11, 2017. LANSING, MICH. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature planned to vote Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation that would likely be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen bills would prohibit physicians from performing a "dismemberment abortion," the non-medical term for dilation and evacuation used by anti-abortion advocates, except to save a woman's life. The procedure, in which the fetus is removed with a surgical instrument such as forceps, was used in 1,777, or , of abortions…
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Politics

North Carolina to Hold Special Election Tuesday

FILE - An election worker enters a polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 24, 2019, as the station prepares for early voting. Voters in North Carolina's 9th district will head to the polls Tuesday for a special election primary that will decide which Republican will face off against Democrat Dan McCready for a seat in the House of Representatives. McCready lost to Republican Mark Harris by just 905 votes in the general election held in September 2018. But the results were never certified because of allegations of absentee ballot fraud. North Carolina's elections board ordered new elections after allegations…
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House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers

FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (L), Representative-elect Karen Handel, R-Ga.(R), and her husband Steve Handel participate in a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 26, 2017. VOA News-Associated Press Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience…
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Jury Awards $2 Billion to Couple Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

FILE - Containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco, Feb. 24, 2019. VOA News For the third time in less than a year, a jury has ruled the main ingredient in a popular weed killer caused cancer in its users. A San Francisco jury Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple in their 70s who say glyphosate in Roundup weed killer gave them non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The couple say they used Roundup for 35 years. Attorneys for the couple say numerous scientific studies show glyphosate led to cancer in both animal and human populations.…
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Trump: US ‘Can Make a Deal’ with China

FILE - President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Capitol Hill correspondent Michael Bowman and reporter Ira Mellman contributed to this report President Donald Trump said the United States "can make a deal with China tomorrow" to resolve the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, adding the accusation that China prevented the two sides from completing an agreement. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump portrayed the United States as being "in a much better position now than any deal we could have made," and restated his frequent refrain that…
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China Mobile’s Bid to Offer US Phone Service Rejected

VOA News NEW YORK — communications regulators are rejecting a Chinese telecom company's application to provide service in the due to national-security risks amid an escalation in tensions between the two Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines, to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s long-ago filed application. The Commerce Department had recommended that denial last company, which the FCC says is ultimately owned by the Chinese government, applied in 2011 to provide international phone service in the Trump administration has been pushing against China in several ways. It has been pressuring allies to reject Chinese…
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Official: US Risks Losing Control of Southern Border

VOA News - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — A official on Wednesday said the nation would "lose control" of its border with Mexico unless a massive and protracted surge of undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers, primarily from Central America, is contained and reversed. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost issued the warning to a Senate panel while announcing an eye-popping number of migrant apprehensions: 460,294 so far in the current fiscal year, which began in October. That figure exceeds the yearly total recorded by Border Patrol in more than a decade. Provost noted that, unlike in previous major migration periods, children, unaccompanied minors…
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House Committee Votes to Hold Attorney General in Contempt

FILE - Attorney General William Barr is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report. VOA News VOA's Patsy Widakuswara and Masood Farivar contributed to this report. CAPITOL HILL — The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over the Justice Department’s refusal to provide an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian election interference. The committee voted 24-16, along party lines, to hold Barr in contempt. When asked earlier in the…
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Trump Finds Himself on Slippery Footing

VOA News - Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump acknowledged he literally found himself on slippery footing Wednesday, a timely simile to what his administration suddenly was confronting. At the start of a political rally in the Florida Panhandle, Trump complained about the condition of the stage. “That runway is like an ice-skating rink and the first step was slippery," he said, jokingly adding: “I think it was put in by the Democrats.” “That's a trap,” the longtime real estate developer continued, adding when that happens you “don't pay the bill.” Later, he compared his sunny Florida podium…
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