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Amazon Sues Pentagon Over $10 Billion Contract Awarded to Microsoft

By VOA News Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department. The complaint, filed Friday in a federal court, challenges the Pentagon's decision to award a $10 billion computing contract to Microsoft. Amazon had been widely expected to receive the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract for the digital modernization of the Pentagon. In August, however, President Donald Trump publicly questioned whether Amazon should be awarded the contract. Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Amazon. He is also the owner of The Washington Post which has been critical of Trump and his administration. Trump has called The Post part of the "fake news…
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Report: Trump Aware of Whistleblower Complaint Before Releasing Ukraine Aid

by VOA News President Donald Trump learned about a whistleblower complaint regarding his relations with Ukraine before he decided to unfreeze nearly $400 million in military aid, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday. The Times cited two people familiar with the matter, saying White House lawyers told Trump about the complaint in late August as they worked to determine whether they were required to send it to Congress. That battle formed the early stages of what has become the focus of the impeachment inquiry now playing out in the House of ; Lawmakers received the complaint in late September and made…
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Former US President Jimmy Carter Released from Hospital

by VOA News Former president Jimmy Carter has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, according to a non-profit group founded by Carter. The Carter Center said in a statement the 95-year-old was discharged from Emory University Hospital Tuesday in the southeastern city of Atlanta, Georgia. The 39th president was admitted more than two weeks ago to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding that started after recent falls. The center said the surgery was successful and that he and his wife, Rosalynn, “look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home in the…
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Pawtucket man found guilty of first-degree robbery and conspiracy charges

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Tony Reverdes (age 38), of Pawtucket was found guilty on November 14, 2019 by a Providence County Superior Court jury of five counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. The jury returned the verdict after less than two hours of deliberation, following an eight-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause. A sentencing hearing for Reverdes will be scheduled for a later date in Providence County Superior Court. He is currently being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions. During the trial, the State proved beyond…
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3 Dead in Oklahoma Walmart Shooting

by VOA News Three people were shot and killed at a Walmart in Oklahoma, local police confirmed Monday. The shooter was among the three killed, according to local paper the Duncan Banner. Two victims were inside their car and a third was in the parking lot of the Walmart store in Duncan, Oklahoma, the Associated Press reported. Location of the Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma Police are asking for any witnesses to the shooting, Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford told reporters. In August, a gunman killed 22 people in a busy Walmart in El Paso - a city in Texas near the…
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Trump Says He Would ‘Strongly Consider’ Testifying at His Impeachment Inquiry

VOA News By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday he would "strongly consider" testifying at the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry targeting him for allegedly abusing his office. "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" Trump said on Twitter. In an interview Sunday on the news show "Face the Nation," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that if Trump "has information that is exculpatory — that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame — then we look forward…
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Cicilline, Nadler Introduce Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced The Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of 2019 ( 5133) today to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from engaging in anticompetitive “product hopping.” The bill is scheduled to be marked up in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “Big pharmaceutical companies have done everything they can to increase their profits regardless of who it affects. Their CEOs make millions in bonuses ever year while hardworking folks are forced to ration their medicine just so they can put food on the table for their…
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Lt. Governor’s Operation Holiday Cheer Initiative Sends 375 Care Packages to Deployed Rhode Island Troops

WARWICK, RI – Lt. Governor Daniel McKee today joined former Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty, Rhode Island Adjutant General Major Christopher Callahan, Rhode Island Blue Star Moms President Jennifer Ahrens and over 200 volunteers at the National Guard Armory in Warwick to assemble military care packages during the 17th Annual Operation Holiday Cheer. "Operation Holiday Cheer gives Rhode Islanders an opportunity to show their gratitude to our men and women in uniform. We know the holiday season is one of the most difficult times for our service members to be away from their loved ones. Each year, we do our part to…
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261 Teacher Projects Fully Funded Through DonorsChoose.org Partnership for Rhode Island and Brown-Affiliated Donor Fund Every Project Statewide

PROVIDENCE, – Thanks to the generosity of the Partnership for Rhode Island and Theresia Gouw, a board member of the Corporation of Brown University and of the online charity, DonorsChoose, 261 teacher projects across Rhode Island will be funded through the crowdfunding website ;The joint donation, totaling $131,648, will fully fund every project in the state. In total, these projects will serve 24,612 students statewide. “In Rhode Island and across the country, teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to make their classrooms more welcoming and their lessons more engaging. I see this firsthand when I visit schools, and…
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Reed Presents Medals to 100-Year-Old WWII Veteran

CRANSTON, RI – Today, Senator Jack Reed presented 100-year-old World War II veteran and North Scituate resident Everett Edgar Grist with medals he earned for his courageous service during World War II. A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Grist served as a gunner’s mate aboard the SS Big Foot Wallace and the SS George W. Arthur, and was deployed to Italy, France, and England during the war. During today’s ceremony, Mr. Grist received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck) for his…
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