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Measles Cases Surge Globally Putting Many Lives at Risk

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) says that measles outbreaks and deaths are surging globally, putting years of progress made in reducing the killer disease at risk. The WHO is calling for urgent action to stop the spread of the highly contagious but fully preventable disease. The WHO says a safe, effective vaccine, which has been around for 50 years, has protected millions of children. But WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Katherine O’Brien says progress is at risk because of the failure to vaccinate many children in all regions of the world. “Measles as a virus is one…
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More Than 1 Billion People Risk Hearing Loss from Loud Music

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  agencies warn that more than 1 billion people ages 12 to 35 risk losing their hearing from listening to loud music on their audio devices. The World Health Organization, and the International Telecommunication Union, are launching new international standards to make smartphones and other devices safer for listening. Listening to music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. health experts say they do not want to deprive younger people of the enjoyable experience of listening to music regularly on their headphones. But they warn listening to loud music is unsafe and can cause permanent damage…
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Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban with Record Support

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to ban the sale, manufacture, or possession of new military-style assault weapons. “Semi-automatic weapons with military-style features are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline, who is a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “These are weapons of war. They do not belong in our communities. This bill will cut off the supply of new assault weapons that have been used to terrorize innocent men, women, and children across America.” The…
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Trump: Trade Negotiations with China ‘Going Extremely Well’

President Donald Trump is hailing progress in ongoing trade talks with China, with negotiators set to meet next week in Washington as the March 1 deadline approaches. "It’s going extremely well, who knows what (that) means because it only matters if we get it done. But we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot, very good relationship that we have, and we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal," Trump told reporters at the White House Friday. Earlier in the day, China's President…
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Migrants Wait, Hope in Mexican Border Towns

VOA News/Mike O'Sullivan TIJUANA, MEXICO — Migrants have arrived in Tijuana and other border cities in caravans of thousands, while others come in small groups of a dozen or so. They have often walked for days through Central America, then ridden buses or gotten rides on trucks through the vast expanses of Mexico. In border cities like Tijuana, they find help in shelters run by charities. Asylum seeker Angela Escalante is here with her husband and 7-year-old son. “The situation is very bad, there are no jobs,” she said of her country of Nicaragua, blaming political violence there on President Daniel…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests FormerBoy Scouts Assistant Chaplain for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting an 18-Year-Old Disabled Man

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of an Exeter resident for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old male. James Glawson, age 74, of 101 Widow Sweets Road, Exeter, is charged with:   Three counts of first-degree sexual assault One count of second-degree sexual assault   Mr. Glawson was arraigned today in Fourth Division District Court and was ordered held without bail, pending further court action.   The arrest stemmed from an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Detective…
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Trump Declares National Emergency

VOA News/William Gallo WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, bypassing Congress to build a wall along the southern border, and setting up a legal challenge that could help determine the limits of presidential power. Warning against what he called “gang monsters” and an “invasion” of drugs and crime, Trump said the emergency declaration was a “great thing to do.” At one point, Trump mentioned “monstrous caravans,” an apparent reference to the repeated groups of Central American migrants that have attempted to reach the during his presidency. “We are talking about an invasion of our country,” Trump…
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Bezos Allegations Against US Tabloid Tests Limits of Press Freedom

VOA News/Brian Padden WASHINGTON — Accusations of extortion and blackmail made by the world’s richest man against a national gossip newspaper may have breached the legal limits of broad press freedoms protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, who owns both the Amazon online shopping site and The Washington Post newspaper, recently claimed that the publishers of the National Enquirer newspaper’s parent company, American Media Inc. (AMI), threatened to publish intimate photos of Bezos unless he halted an investigation into the tabloid’s aggressive coverage of his divorce. The Amazon founder, who is reportedly worth $136 billion, said he…
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Entrepreneur Makes European-style Chocolate with Special Needs Youth

VOA News/Julie Taboh GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND — Sarah Dwyer has always loved chocolate. Especially caramels. “When I was little I used to like to squish all the ones in the box to find the chocolate-covered caramels,” she says. So in 2009, when she decided to leave a lucrative job in banking to spend a year in France, she had no idea it would give her an opportunity to channel that childhood passion. A trip to Paris and a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu was a life-changing experience for Sarah Dwyer. (S. Dwyer) A labor of love While in Paris, she enrolled in…
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World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick on Midway Atoll

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017, photo provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service shows Wisdom and her new chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. HONOLULU — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife officials Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Wisdom is at least 68 years old and has raised at least 31 chicks, Fish and Wildlife Service officials said. Wisdom was first banded…
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