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Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Defends Civil Rights Record

  Ken Bredemeier/Michael Bowman/VOA News WASHINGTON — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for attorney general, defended his civil rights record Tuesday, telling a congressional hearing that he understands the tortured history of voting rights for blacks in the United States. Sessions, the first of Trump's Cabinet nominees facing a Senate confirmation hearing this week, assured Senate colleagues on the Judiciary Committee that he would lead "aggressive enforcement" of voting laws "without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process." "As a Southerner I saw discrimination," Sessions said. "I know that was wrong. We needed…
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Retired US Military Officers Urge Trump Not to Reinstate Torture

VOA News Nearly 200 military officers urged president-elect Donald Trump not to reinstate torture, according to a letter acquired by The New York Times. "Torture is unnecessary. Based on our experience — and that of our nation's top interrogators, backed by the latest science — we know that lawful, rapport-based interrogation techniques are the most effective way to elicit actionable intelligence," stated the letter, signed by 176 retired officers from all branches of the military. Among the signatories are two former Afghanistan war commanders and Adm. William H. McRaven — the Special Operations commander who oversaw the raid that killed…
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All-time Market Highs Close Out 2016 with Bang

VOA News/Jill Malandrino NEW YORK — The year 2016 ended in spectacular fashion as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq broke all-time highs, and the retail investor went along for the ride. Macro events did not scare investors, but rather kept them engaged in the markets. The Investor Movement Index (IMX) is a proprietary, behavior-based index created by TD Ameritrade that aggregates Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors are actually doing and how they are positioned in the markets. The IMX gives a look into how we are approaching the markets, not just what…
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Tren se estrella en estación en New Jersey

  La Autoridad de Tránsito de Nueva Jersey ha suspendido el servicio desde y hacia la estación de Hoboken, tras el accidente. Un tren de pasajeros se estrelló en una plataforma de la estación de Hoboken, Nueva Jersey, este jueves por la mañana, y se ha informado de heridos. Varios pasajeros colocaron fotos en Twitter que muestran severo daño en la estación alrededor de las 8:45 de la mañana, hora local. La Autoridad de Tránsito de Nueva Jersey ha suspendido el servicio desde y hacia la estación debido al accidente. Sin embargo no dio inmediato detalles. El techo de la…
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Featured

At least 1 Dead, More than 100 Injured in NJ Commuter Train Crash

VOA At least one person has been reported dead and more than 100 injured in a commuter train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. The train crashed into a rail station during the Thursday morning rush hour, causing major damage. Hoboken city spokesman Juan Melli told VOA the train derailed and plowed through the platform. Rail service has been suspended in and out of Hoboken, located 11 kilometers outside New York City. Rescue crews are on the scene. The cause of the crash has not been determined. VOA News   The train came to a halt in a covered area between…
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Trump arrasa en 5 estados, Clinton gana 4 y Sanders uno

Las primarias de este martes siguen a un intento de Ted Cruz y John Kasich por impedir que Donald Trump logre los delegados necesarios para la nominación. El magnate Donald Trump arrasó en las primarias republicanas en cinco estados, mientras la ex secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, en el campo demócrata, ganó cuatro y el senador Bernie Sanders, uno. Según las proyecciones, Trump ganó en Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania y Rhode Island. Hillary Clinton ganó Maryland, Delaware Pennsylvania y Connecticut, mientras Sanders ganó Rhode Island. Trump obtuvo entre el 55 y el 65% de los votos en cada uno de…
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Health

Vaccine to Guard Against Dengue Fever Is Almost at Hand

Jessica Berman Researchers are on the cusp of a commercially available vaccine to prevent dengue fever, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that threatens half of the world’s population. In addition, a vaccine against the Zika virus, a close relative of dengue, will most likely enter clinical trials this year. The dengue virus infects an estimated 400 million people in 120 countries each year. While the symptoms, including a rash, are usually not serious, the disease nonetheless kills some 25,000 people annually. Most succumb to a dreaded hemorrhagic form of the disease. In a clinical trial, the new vaccine against…
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Obama Selects Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Nominee

Mary Alice Salinas WHITE HOUSE—President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge widely viewed as a centrist, to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant last month by the death of conservative Justice Antonin a political storm was building at the Capitol, where the Republican-controlled Senate has insisted it will not meet with or hold a vote on Obama’s nominee to the high court. Merrick Garland Born: 1952 in Chicago, IL Education: Harvard College Law School: Harvard Law School Professional Career Highlights Law clerk, William Brennan Jr., Supreme Court, 1978-1979 Special assistant attorney general, Department…
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Politics

Anonymous declara “guerra” contra Trump

Voz de América  El grupo de hackers conocido como Anonymous declaró "guerra" sin cuartel a Donald Trump. En un video publicado el 4 de marzo, el grupo califica la campaña del aspirante a la nominación presidencial republicana de Trump como "profundamente perturbadora". "Su inconsistente campaña de odio no solo ha estremecido a Estados Unidos, usted ha estremecido a todo el planeta con sus amedrantadoras acciones e ideas" dice un hombre enmascarado con una voz robótica. "Usted no defiende nada que no sea su propia avaricia y poder personal. Este es un llamado a las armas". El grupo ha convocado a…
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FIFA Admits World Cup Bribery, Makes Claim for Compensation

VOA News FIFA is admitting its executive committee members sold past World Cup votes as it seeks to claim tens of millions of dollars in bribe money seized by officials. In a claim submitted to the Attorney's office, FIFA acknowledged widespread graft in previous years, saying it was the victim of corrupt individuals. In its demand for restitution the world football governing body says it is entitled to recover sums paid to or for the benefit of the officials in the corruption case, including compensation, per diems, travel, and other costs. FIFA estimates its losses at $ million. Corrupted negociations…
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