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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

VOA News - Carla Babb Michael Bowman on Capitol Hill contributed to this report. PENTAGON — Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks. “It doesn’t mean that the threats that we previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given Iranians time to recalculate,” Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. “We talked about those threats, and there were attacks,” Shanahan said. FILE - Joint Chiefs…
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Hello, Summer: Nearly 43 Million Americans Will Kick off the Season with a Memorial Day Vacation

AAA forecasts the most holiday road trippers ever; INRIX predicts drive times could be more than three times longer than normal Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a increase. Despite a rising…
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Hush Recalls Anesthetic Gels, Sprays and Foam Soaps Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Closure Requirement; Risk of Poisoning

Recall Summary Name of Product: Hush gels, sprays and Hush foam soaps Hazard: The packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The products contain lidocaine, posing a risk of poisoning to young children if they put the product on their skin or ingest it. Remedy: Replace, Refund Consumers should immediately place the recalled products out of the reach of children and contact Hush for a full refund, a free replacement product or free replacement child-resistant cap. Consumer Contact: Hush toll-free at 888-723-3730 from 9 to 5 ET, email online at ;and click on “Recall” for more information. Recall…
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Trump afirma privilegio ejecutivo sobre el reporte completo de Mueller

VOA NEWS El presidente Donald Trump afirmó el miércoles su privilegio ejecutivo sobre el informe del abogado especial Robert Mueller y sus investigaciones subyacentes, intensificando una batalla con los demócratas del Comité Judicial de la Cámara de Representantes. La medida, anunciada por el Departamento de Justicia en una carta dirigida al presidente del comité, Jerrold Nadler, se produjo apenas unos minutos antes de que el panel estuviera a punto de votar para declarar en desacato al fiscal general William Barr por desafiar una citación del Congreso para entregar el informe completo. El privilegio ejecutivo es un derecho reclamado por los…
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ACLU OF RI FILES FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT OVER STATE’S DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NON-FICTION AUTHORS

Should a decision as to whether a Rhode Island author is entitled to a sales tax exemption depend on whether she has written a fictional murder mystery as opposed to an exhaustive history of the state? That is the question at the crux of a federal lawsuit the ACLU of RI filed today, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applies only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction is not “creative and original.” The lawsuit, filed by ACLU of RI cooperating attorney Lynette Labinger, argues that making…
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It’s a Boy for Meghan and Prince Harry!

"It's a Boy!" Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan announced on their official Instagram account VOA News " We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.," the message said. Officials said Prince Harry was at his wife's side during the birth but the location has not yet been disclosed. According to the statement, baby and mother are doing well. "The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well. The couple thank members of…
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Venezuela: ‘Attempted Coup’ Underway, as Guaido Calls for Military to Help Oust Maduro

VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Venezuela's socialist government said Tuesday that an "attempted coup" was underway in Caracas, with opposition leader and recognized interim president Juan Guaido saying there was "no turning back" in his efforts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, with gunfire erupting and troops loyal to Maduro firing water cannons at protesters. Television footage showed one Venezuela National Guard vehicle running over demonstrators who were throwing rocks at the military. In Washington, President Donald Trump said on Twitter he was "very closely" monitoring the situation, adding, "The United States stands…
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Pope Francis Donates $500,000 to Help Migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter's Pence said in a recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, traveling on foot or with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But they have been blocked at the border with the United particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018,…
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Rhode Island State Police to Participate in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will again join other law enforcement agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27. This annual event, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is designed "to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications." Anyone with unused, unnecessary and/or unwanted prescription medication can drop them off at designated collection sites from…
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