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Tech Worker Declines to Testify on Clinton Email Server Set-Up

VOA News A former employee of the State Department who helped Hillary Clinton set up her personal email server has said he will not testify before a special congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Attorneys for Brian Pagliano sent a letter to the House committee Monday in which Pagliano invoked his constitutional right to not answer questions that could expose him to criminal charges. The Washington Post, which initially reported the letter Wednesday, said Pagliano worked in the State Department in its information technology section during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State from…
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Obama to Address American Jewish Groups on Iran Deal

VOA News President Barack Obama is set to participate in a live webcast Friday to address concerns from the American Jewish community about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the disputed deal signed by the United States, Iran and five world powers and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Obama's sanctions chief, a top Treasury Department official who helped negotiate the accord, is scheduled to arrive for a three-day visit in Israel…
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US Teen Jailed for 11 Years for Supporting IS

VOA News A teenager in the state of Virginia has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State group. A Justice Department statement Friday described 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin as  "a young American who used social media to provide material support" to IS and said his prison sentence will be followed by a "lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his Internet activities." “Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no…
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Bush Returns to New Orleans for 10th Anniversary of Katrina

VOA News  Former president George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans - the scene of one of his presidency's larger challenges - to tout the region's recovery from the costliest natural disaster in history on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Bush visited Warren Easton Charter High School, the same school he visited on the first anniversary of the catastrophic storm. He was accompanied by his wife, Laura, whose library foundation helped rebuild what is the oldest public school in New Orleans. The two met with students at the school's gymnasium, where he was also greeted by New Orleans…
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Health

Amica Insurance has 7 summer safety tips

LINCOLN,  - Summer is a great time to get outside and be active. It’s important to take the proper precautions, however, so Amica Insurance is sharing some safety tips. Jean Tapley, senior wellness coordinator at Amica, suggests the following seven tips for leisure activities, sports and gardening: Leisure activities/sports Start slowly. Going from no activity to several hours of activity can potentially be harmful. Ease your way into endurance activities. Take frequent breaks. Give your body time to rest and release tension that can easily build up with prolonged activity. Stay hydrated. Hot, sunny days require more hydration, but anytime…
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Health

Bacteria Implicated in Development of Colon Cancer

The microorganisms that live in our intestines help keep us healthy, but researchers have identified two virulent strains of bacteria that are linked to the progression of colon cancer. Cancer researcher Michael Burns said pinpointing which bacteria cause cancer in the large intestine could help identify patients who are at high risk for the disease. “It could be that you see changes in the microbiome before the tumor even develops," he said, "and if you could do that, that would be fantastic for early detection.” Burns and his team at the University of Minnesota found that genes of the microbes,…
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Art & Life

Weather Delays Solar Plane Departure From Japan for Hawaii

NAGOYA, JAPAN—A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii because of worse than expected weather conditions. Swiss pilot and project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said the weather window for the flight early Wednesday had closed. After analyzing conditions, the decision was made to take the plane back to its mobile hangar. "It's a bad moment. It's really a bad moment. It was on the edge. We took the decision to go, but not everybody was enthusiastic. We had a conclusion that it's not worth trying anymore,'' said Piccard, who is taking turns flying the…
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China with a U.S. Group to Study Heart Health

WASHINGTON—The American Heart Association and China Tuesday formalized a partnership to educate the Chinese about cardiovascular disease and train people in CPR as ways to reduce deaths in the country. The agreement provides for exchanges of researchers, doctors and public health specialists to work alongside counterparts in the and China. It also provides for teams of scientists to work together to advance scientific knowledge of cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease, which includes strokes and heart attacks, is the No. 1 cause of premature death in China, as well as in many developing countries. Studies show that cardiovascular disease causes more than…
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Entertainment

Apple’s Decision to Pay Artists a Win for Indies, Swift

NEW YORK—Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music. Kovac, whose labels are home to performers ranging from Motley Crue to Blondie, changed his mind Monday after Apple decided it would pay artists during its free, three-month trial. That about-face came after Taylor Swift called for artists to be paid properly. Her actions - praised by indie acts - marked a winning moment for independent record labels, who often fall into the shadow of major labels. "There's nothing business-wise that made sense here…
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France Calls Alleged US Eavesdropping ‘Unacceptable’

French President Francois Hollande's office says allegations the eavesdropped on his phone calls and those of his two predecessors are "unacceptable" and adds that France will not tolerate anything that threatens its security. Hollande released the statement Wednesday after meeting with his defense council to discuss the release by WikiLeaks of documents saying that the National Security Agency spied on the last three French presidents. Officials say the ambassador to France has been summoned to the office of France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to discuss the issue. The WikiLeaks documents were published by French daily newspaperLiberation and investigative website Mediapart. There was no immediate confirmation of…
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