Featured

Study: As Ice Melts, Greenland Could Become Big Sand Exporter

VOA News OSLO — Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said Monday. Mining of sand and gravel, widely used in the construction industry, could boost the economy for Greenland's 56,000 population who have wide powers of self-rule within Denmark but rely heavily on subsidies from Copenhagen. By mining sand, "Greenland could benefit from the challenges brought by climate change," a team of scientists in Denmark and the United States wrote in the journal Nature Sustainability. The…
Read More »
Featured

Trump Calls for Resignation of Congresswoman Accused of Anti-Semitic Comments

VOA News President Donald Trump has called for the resignation of Democratic freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who apologize Monday after drawing widespread condemnation from both Republicans and her fellow Democrats for comments deemed anti-Semitic. The president told reporters Tuesday that Omar's apology was "lame" and added, "She didn't mean a word of it." Trump called on Omar to resign Congress or at least resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which she serves. Omar, a Somali Muslim refugee who took office five weeks ago as a representative for the midwestern state of Minnesota, apologized Monday after drawing widespread condemnation…
Read More »
Featured

Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’ Found Guilty in US Drug Trial

Photo FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, VOA News Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking and related charges at a trial in New York. The jury convicted Guzman Tuesday after six days of deliberations on all ten counts against him and now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. The end of the three-month trial marks the end of…
Read More »
Featured

Fewer Feel the Love This Valentine’s Day

VOA News/Dora Mekouar Fewer Americans appear to be celebrating Valentine's Day now as opposed to a decade ago. The National Retail Federation says that 10 years ago, more than 60 percent of adults planned to celebrate the day that's dedicated to love, but that number has dropped to just over half in 2019. Valentine's Day, which is celebrated every Feb. 14, is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by gifting them with cards, flowers, sweets or some other expression of love or appreciation. In 2009, 72 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 34…
Read More »
Featured

Trump Unhappy with Border Barrier Deal Lawmakers Crafted

VOA News/Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick." Yet the leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $ billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $ billion he wanted for a wall. The…
Read More »
LPR News

UN Chief: There Is ‘Wind of Hope’ in Africa

VOA NEWS/Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS —  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that there has been a "quantum leap" in relations between the world body and the African Union and he hopes this can translate into progress on some of the continent's biggest challenges. "I am totally committed to the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations," Guterres told VOA in an interview at headquarters Tuesday before he heads to Addis Ababa for this weekend's AU summit. "We are working more and more together in addressing a number of situations in Africa." He pointed to Tuesday's breakthrough on the…
Read More »
Featured

Colombia Kills Dissident Militant Leader

VOA News Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed to in 2016. “Today in a seamless operation the criminal known as Rodrigo Cadete, one of the most feared figures of terrorism in our country, was neutralized,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said Saturday. Cadete, who was 52, had been a leader of FARC, the country’s former leftist guerilla group that has put down its arms and transformed into a political party, holding 10 seats in Congress. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said nine other guerillas…
Read More »
Featured

RI State Police Increases Patrols for Super Bowl Sunday; Reminds Everyone to Arrange a Safe, Sober Ride Home

The Rhode Island State Police will have additional troopers on patrol throughout the state on Super Bowl Sunday to help keep everyone safe. "With the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl again this year, we know many Rhode Islanders will be gathering with family and friends to watch the game," said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety. "We encourage them to celebrate responsibly and to arrange for safe, sober rides home." Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest party days of…
Read More »
LPR News

Traffic Advisory for the week of February 2-8, 2019

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of February 2-8, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Visit RIDOT's Travel Advisories website for a full listing of statewide lane closures. I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge Rehabilitation As part of the I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge rehabilitation project, motorists can expect the following changes: I-295 North and Rte. 6 West: Closure of the northbound service road. Access maintained to Exits 9A and 9C. Follow signed detour. Closure of Exit 9B. Follow signed detour. Lane restrictions from two to one on the ramp from Rte. 6 West to I-295 North. Delays anticipated.…
Read More »
LPR News

Langevin, Bass Put Local Delicacies on the Line for this Sunday’s Super Bowl

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) are putting some skin in the game this Super Bowl Sunday. The two lawmakers have announced a friendly wager on the outcome of Super Bowl LIII, which will feature their respective home teams, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Langevin and Bass agreed to put up a favorite, local celebratory drink for the bet. If New England is victorious, Bass will present Langevin with a bottle of California’s finest wine. Should Los Angeles prevail, Langevin will provide Bass with a gift basket from Sons of Liberty,…
Read More »