Culture

Today in History: February 11 1776

On this day in 1776, Georgia’s royal governor, Sir James Wright, escapes from his residence in Savannah to the safety of a waiting British warship, the HMS Scarborough and returns to London. Governor Wright had been taken into custody and placed under house arrest nearly a month earlier on January 18, 1776, by Patriots under the command of Major Joseph Habersham of the Provincial Congress. Wright was the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates…
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Culture

Today in History: February 10 1861

On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis, a former senator from Mississippi who served as secretary of war in the 1850s, received word he has been selected president of the new Confederate States of America. Delegates at the Confederacy’s constitutional convention in Montgomery, Alabama chose him for the job. Davis remained president of the Confederacy until its government was dissolved on May 5, 1865. Less than a week later, he was captured by the Union and jailed for two years. He died at age 81 in New Orleans in 1889.  
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Heading back to Newport!

October 30, 2015 The Volvo Ocean Race will once again head back to Rhode Island, it was announced today. Newport, the sailing-mad coastal town which hosted the event for the first time in May, will again welcome the Race in its 13th edition, in 2017-18. The announcement came in Providence, Rhode Island earlier this afternoon, where Volvo Ocean Race's Tom Touber broke the news alongside Sail Newport's Brad Read and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. Heading back to Newport! “We’re delighted to be able to confirm that Newport will be staging a second consecutive stopover in 2018,” said Tom. “Everything…
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Putin Defends Russian Military Aid to Syria

VOA News Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country's military support for Syria, saying Tuesday that Russia will continue to aid President Bashar al-Assad's forces in their "fight against terrorist aggression." Speaking at a regional security conference in Tajikistan, Putin said Assad is open to working with the "healthy" opposition in Syria on a political solution to the conflict that has stretched on for four and a half years, but that the focus must first be on terrorism. Assad has routinely used the word "terrorist" to describe rebels who have opposed his forces in the fight that has grown in…
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World News

Serbia Says Unable to Handle Migrant Influx

ÖSZKE, HUNGARY—Serbia says it is not able to handle the vast number of migrants gathered on its sealed border with Hungary, after Hungarian officials closed the gap in its fence with Serbia as part of a crackdown on the migrants. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that Serbia is not a "collection center." He said it is unacceptable for migrants to have to return to Serbia while at the same time more were arriving from Greece and Macedonia. Earlier Tuesday, Hungarian officials closed two official border crossings due to what they said were inadequate controls on the Serbian side. …
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Politics

Trump Braces for Attacks in 2nd Republican Debate

Jim Malone Last updated on: September 15, 2015 8:48 AM WASHINGTON—Republican presidential contenders will gather Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California for their second nationally televised debate. A total of 11 candidates will be on stage this time, including the current frontrunner, real estate mogul Donald once again will be the center of attention as he was in the first debate last month in Cleveland; but Trump is expecting plenty of barbs headed his way from Republican rivals intent on seeking to share the spotlight in what has become an unpredictable and heated contest for the party's…
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US News

1 Confirmed Dead in California Wildfires

Authorities in California say an elderly disabled woman has been killed in one of two massive wildfires in the northern part of the state that have overwhelmed firefighters with their speed and intensity. The body of 72-year-old Barbara McWilliams, who suffered from advanced multiple sclerosis, was discovered in the rubble of her home near California's world-famous Napa Valley winemaking region.  Firefighters dispatched to rescue McWilliams could not reach her house because the neighborhood was engulfed in flames. The fire which has been dubbed the Valley fire, has destroyed 400 homes and and over 24,000 hectares of land since erupting last…
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On US Visit, Spanish to Prevail in Pope’s Speeches

VOA News When Pope Francis visits the United States next week on a three-city tour, he will deliver only four of his 18 planned speeches in English. The native of Argentina is most comfortable speaking in Spanish, a spokesman for the Vatican told The Associated Press, although the pontiff also speaks German and Italian fluently. The pope's remarks at the White House and Congress —  the first ever by a pope — will be among those made in English. The 78-year-old Francis faces a packed schedule on his first trip to the , arriving on September 22 for two days in…
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Trump, Carson Top Latest US Republican Survey

VOA News As the 16-candidate Republican field gets set for another round of debates Wednesday night, the CBS/New York Times poll released Tuesday shows the flamboyant Trump with 27 percent support and the much more reserved Carson trailing with 23 percent. None of a large group of current and former governors and senators seeking the nomination reached double digit figures in the poll that was conducted in the last few days. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, was third at 6 percent, less than half of the 13 percent figure he recorded in an…
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Kentucky Clerk Back in Court Over Gay Marriage Controversy

VOA News Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a federal courthouse in Kentucky where a local county clerk faces charges for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis defied last month's court order to resume issuing marriage licenses to all eligible couples, straight or gay, a practice she stopped after the Supreme Court's historic ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriages across the nation. Davis says issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples would violate her religious beliefs. The judge issued the order after four couples — two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples — filed…
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