Unrelated Quakes Rattle California

By VOA News Two unrelated earthquakes have rattled California in a little more than a 12-hour period. A   earthquake hit a remote mountainous region in central California, 25 kilometers southeast of Hollister, just after noon on Tuesday. It followed a magnitude temblor near Pleasant Hill, northeast of San Francisco, late Monday. Despite having occurred within a short time of each other, the quakes were centered too far apart to have been related, seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter.  The quakes come just three days before the 30th anniversary of one of the deadliest in San Francisco Bay Area history.  In…
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Actor Huffman Starts Serving Prison Time in College Scam

VOA News By AP SAN FRANCISCO - “Desperate Housewives'' star Felicity Huffman — aka prisoner No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers trying to get their children into elite schools. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by media as “Club Fed,'' making its way onto a Forbes list…
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Case for Obstruction by White House Is Building, Schiff Says

By VOA News The case for obstruction by the Trump administration continues to build, House Democrat Adam Schiff says, after senior members and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani defied subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry. Vice President Mike Pence's office called the Democratic-led House inquiry "self-proclaimed" and the subpoena "too broad." The Pentagon also says it is "unable to comply" at this time for legal reasons. The White House budget office also rejected the request, and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, also said no to the subpoena for documents related to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. "This appears to…
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Impeachment Likely Topic at Next Democratic Debate

VOA News By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will be on stage for the party’s next primary debate Tuesday on the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. This will be the fourth Democratic debate since June and will feature the largest group on stage for a single ; Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund investor and environmental activist, will join the ten Democrats who took part in the previous debate in September. It is likely that the impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump will be a major focus of discussion on…
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US Sanctions Turkey, Seeks Halt to Syria Offensive

By VOA News President Donald Trump is pressuring Turkey to stop its offensive in northern Syria with calls for a cease-fire and sanctions against Turkish officials, as he plans to send a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence to Ankara for talks to resolve the situation. Trump's action follows sharp criticism in the week since the White House announced Turkey was going forward with its long-held plans to try to carve out a buffer zone along its border with Syria free from the Kurdish fighters it accuses of being terrorists linked to separatist Kurds in Turkey. Turkey's incursion pushed the…
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US Senate Panel Report Calls for Plan to Prevent Meddling in 2020 Presidential Election

By VOA News The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a bipartisan report that calls on the government and private industry to prevent social media sites from being used to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, as they were in 2016. The report, released Tuesday after more than two years of investigating foreign electoral meddling, found the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency "sought to influence the 2016 presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin." The finding is consistent with evidence uncovered by the intelligence community after the 2016 election in which…
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Kurt Volker Set to Testify in Inquiry of Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

By VOA News Former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker is set to testify before House committees Thursday about his involvement in President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. He is expected to speak behind closed doors to the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs committees. Volker has served as a special envoy to Ukraine since he was appointed to the job by then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Volker was in public service for more than 20 years, starting as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986. After that followed time in the foreign service, serving overseas in London,…
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AG Barr Draws Democratic Fire for Handling of Trump Whistleblower Complaint

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - In March, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr without answering the most tantalizing question: Did President Donald Trump attempt to obstruct the investigation into whether Russians meddled with the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. Barr, the savvy veteran Republican lawyer, wasted no time in answering that question for the public: He and his deputy concluded there was no evidence of obstruction. Barr’s tactics triggered widespread criticism from the Democrats. But that maneuver enabled Trump to claim he had been totally exonerated in the investigation. Now, Barr…
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Giuliani, Once ‘America’s Mayor,’ Now a Central Figure in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

VOA News By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - It’s been a long, strange road for Rudy Giuliani, the hard-nosed prosecutor who gained fame as “America’s Mayor” for his leadership in New York City after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Once seen as a promising Republican presidential candidate himself, Giuliani is now trying to beat back accusations that he was a key player in an international scandal that has President Donald Trump facing an impeachment inquiry. Over the course of the past two years, Giuliani, 75, has held multiple meetings with officials from Ukraine as part of an effort to persuade…
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US Soldier Arrested for Sharing Bomb-Making Instructions

By VOA News A Army soldier has been arrested for sharing bomb-making instructions on social media. Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year-old private first class, also discussed bombing a news network, killing far-left activists known as "antifa" and naming presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke as a possible target, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. Smith was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction in federal court in Topeka, Kansas. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. Smith also posted on Facebook his desire to go to Ukraine and join in…
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