Entertainment

Beauty Company Looking to Help Change Red Carpet Chatter

Associated Press January 06, 2016 NEW YORK—Those in Hollywood looking to broaden the red carpet conversation beyond the inevitable "Who are you wearing?'' have a powerful new ally: beauty giant L'Oreal company is promoting use of the hashtag "WorthSaying'' on Twitter during Sunday's Golden Globe Awards and will break out the best posts for use in digital advertising. Kristen Comings, a company vice president, said Tuesday the idea is to urge women everywhere to expand the red carpet chatter beyond pretty dresses. "We really wanted to be part of that conversation,'' she said. "It's really about engaging beyond beauty and…
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US Education Department Appeals for Compassion in Schools

Julie Taboh January 06, 2016 Will the new year bring peace to the world and more tolerance and goodwill among its citizens? The Department of Education certainly hopes so. In the wake of extreme acts of violence and the ongoing worldwide refugee crisis, the department is trying to do its share to promote peace and understanding in the It is reaching out to schools to ensure they are maintaining safe, respectful and nondiscriminatory learning environments for all of their students. Catherine Lhamon, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights, noted that as the welcomes refugees into the country, there will…
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Man Linked to California Terror Attack Pleads Not Guilty

VOA News January 06, 2016 The man accused of supplying guns to the shooters in the California terror attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and other charges. Enrique Marquez Jr. is the first person arrested over the deadliest terror attack in the since 9/11.  He faces two charges of firearms violations for being the so-called straw buyer in the purchase of two assault rifles used in the December 2 attack in San Bernardino. Marquez is also accused of conspiring with shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists. Two other charges — fraud…
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Two Guantanamo Inmates Transferred to Ghana

Ken Schwartz January 06, 2016 The Pentagon has announced that two inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba have been transferred to Ghana. The decision to move the two suspected terrorists from the prison was based on several factors — including security matters — after a comprehensive review of their cases. Ghana's foreign ministry identifies the two former prisoners as being from Yemen and says they were cleared of all terror charges. It says Ghana, as a member of the international community, has a responsibility to assist in what it calls the "international crisis situation," including accepting refugees…
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California Governor Declares Gas Leak a State of Emergency

Associated Press January 06, 2016 LOS ANGELES—California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday over a massive natural gas leak that has been spewing fumes into a Los Angeles neighborhood for months. In a statement, Brown said he acted based on the requests of local residents in the community of Porter Ranch and the "prolonged and continuing" nature of the gas blowout at the underground storage facility. The well, owned by Southern California Gas Co., has been gushing up to 1,200 tons of methane daily, along with other gases. The leak was first reported in October. The utility…
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Occupied Oregon Refuge Is Critical Stop on Birds’ Flyway

Molly McKitterick January 06, 2016 Occupied by armed protesters, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is described as remote and barren. However, it is not a “nameless piece of ground,” said Brent Fenty, executive director of the Oregon Natural Desert Association. “It is critically important to wildlife and enjoyed by millions" of human and avian visitors, he said. In the middle of Oregon’s high desert country, Malheur is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway, a main north-south route for migrating birds. Some 25 million birds pass through it. As much as 66 percent of flyway traffic will rest on the rivers…
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US Court Charges American in Afghan Truck Bombing

VOA News January 06, 2016 A federal court in New York Wednesday charged an American citizen with conspiring to set off a truck bomb outside a military base in Afghanistan in 2009. Muhanad Mahmoud al-Farekh could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. "Farekh, a citizen of the United States, allegedly turned his back on our country and tried to kill soldiers in the course of executing their sworn duty to keep us safe," Attorney Robert L. Capers said Wednesday. According to the indictment, two co-conspirators drove two separate truck bombs outside the military base in January…
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US Christian College to Remove Professor for Pro-Islam Remarks

VOA News January 06, 2016 A college in the midwestern state of Illinois is taking steps to fire a professor who linked Islam to Christianity in an online posting. The administration at Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical university, has recommended associate professor Larycia Hawkins lose her tenured-track position. In a December 10 posting on Facebook, Hawkins, a Christian, said she stands in religious solidarity with Muslims because they "are people of the book" and "worship the same God." The college says "while Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths." Wheaton College…
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A Look at Americans and Their Affinity for Guns

A tearful President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he was taking executive action, bypassing Congress, to implement new "common-sense" measures aimed at reducing gun violence in America. “In Dr. King’s words, we need to feel the fierce urgency of now, because people are dying,” a visibly emotional Obama told an audience of mass shooting victims and relatives at the White House. “Our inalienable right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those rights were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara and from high schoolers at Columbine, and from first-graders in Newtown,” he said, listing the…
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Politics

US Presidential Race Shifting Into High Gear

Jim Malone December 31, 2015 The 2016 presidential campaign is about to kick into overdrive only a month before the first votes are counted in Iowa. Contenders from both parties will ramp up their campaign activities early in January, with a heavy focus on the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will launch his New Year’s push with a campaign rally in Mississippi on Saturday, followed by appearances in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and South Carolina next week. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is also ramping up with an intensified campaign schedule Monday beginning…
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