World News

Pentagon: US Forces in Libya; Looking for ‘Worthy’ Partners

Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON— military forces are on the ground in Libya looking for potential partners in what could soon be an expanded campaign against the Islamic State (IS) terror group. "There have been some forces in Libya trying to establish contact with forces on the ground," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters Wednesday. “Get a better sense of who the players are, who might be worthy of support and support from some of our partners going forward.” Cook described the contingent as a small group, adding they were in Libya "at the concurrence of Libyan officials.” While not the…
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Featured

Study: Social Media May Disturb Sleep in Young Adults

VOA News January 27, 2016 12:54 PM Social media could be affecting the sleep of young adults, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say that young adults who often use social media are more likely to suffer sleep disturbances than those who use social media less. According to the findings, doctors should ask young adults about their use of social media when treating sleep issues. “This is one of the first pieces of evidence that social media use really can impact your sleep,” said lead author Jessica C. Levenson, a postdoctoral researcher…
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US News

Obama Unveils New Steps to Avert Child Hunger in America

Mary Alice Salinas WHITE HOUSE—The Obama administration has unveiled new actions it says will ensure that low-income children who are at higher risk of food insecurity and poor nutrition get the food they need to grow, learn and succeed in America. Each year nearly 22 million low-income children in the get free or reduced-price meals at school. For many of them, that is the best and sometimes the only meal they will get.  Only a fraction of those children get the food benefit when school is out of session during the summer months. On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced its…
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Politics

Clinton, Sanders in Tight Iowa Contest

Ken Bredemeier Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight Democratic presidential nominating contest in Iowa, the latest survey in the farm state showed Wednesday. Quinnipiac University said Sanders, who calls himself an independent socialist Democrat, is winning the support of 49 percent of Democrats likely to participate in next Monday's party caucuses in Iowa, compared to 45 percent for Clinton, the country's top diplomat from 2009 to 2013. The Iowa voting is the first balloting in the months-long process to pick Democratic and Republican presidential nominees ahead of next November's national…
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US News

US Ranks 4th in ‘Best Country’ Poll

VOA News January 20, 2016 9:35 AM In the inaugural “Best Countries” ranking, the United States places fourth. The rankings, which were compiled by News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting, were released Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The best country, according to the list, is Germany, followed by Canada and Britain. “Just as we have done with universities, hospitals and other institutions, our Best Countries portal will be a global homepage for stories and data to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly…
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US News

White House Pledges to Help With Flint Toxic Water Crisis

VOA News The Obama administration has named a senior official to help deal with the toxic water crisis plaguing the city of Flint, Michigan. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to hear firsthand about how her city's residents were dealing with the public health crisis. Obama said Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, would be the federal official tasked with coordinating assistance to the city from the federal government. Weaver also met with an Obama senior adviser and the president's intergovernmental affairs director. The White House said the officials…
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Entertainment

Lack of Diversity Generates Oscar Controversy

The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a statement, her second in two years, addressing the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees. In her statement Monday, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was "heartbroken and frustrated” about the lack of inclusion of African-Americans and other minorities among this year’s nominees. Her address came after actress Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker Spike Lee announced their decisions to boycott this year’s Oscars as a way to express their outrage over the nomination of 20 white actors and no black ones. Isaacs said the diversity issue had touched…
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Entertainment

Eagles, Mott the Hoople Musicians Die at 67

Parke Brewer A week after iconic British musician David Bowie died at age 69, the rock 'n' roll world has lost two other musicians at the age of 67. The most well-known of the two is Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for the Eagles, an extremely popular American rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 1971, but that also has toured in recent years to sellout crowds. Frey died Monday in New York. The band said in a statement, "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis,…
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Entertainment

Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Debuts at No. 1, First US Chart-topper

  AP NEW YORK—David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted number one on the Billboard charts, the first chart-topper for the late musician. Since it was released two days before Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, "Blackstar" has sold 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for Bowie since Nielsen began electronically tracking music purchases in 1991. Bowie dislodged the previous No. 1, Adele's "25," which slipped to No. 2 after seven weeks on top. The 2002 compilation "Best of Bowie" also rocketed up the charts to No. 4 with 94,000 units sold. Altogether, 10 Bowie…
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Featured

Americans Freed From Iran Visit With Families, Undergo Treatment

VOA News After being released from Iran as part of a prisoner swap, a group of Americans got to meet Monday with family and supporters who spent months and years following their cases from afar and advocating for their release. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian met with senior editors from the newspaper at a military hospital in Germany where he is recovering before going back to the Rezaian said he had limited human interaction during his 18 months in prison, including spending 49 days in solitary confinement. "I want people to know that physically, I'm feeling good," he said. "I…
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