Unrelated Quakes Rattle California

By VOA News Two unrelated earthquakes have rattled California in a little more than a 12-hour period. A   earthquake hit a remote mountainous region in central California, 25 kilometers southeast of Hollister, just after noon on Tuesday. It followed a magnitude temblor near Pleasant Hill, northeast of San Francisco, late Monday. Despite having occurred within a short time of each other, the quakes were centered too far apart to have been related, seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter.  The quakes come just three days before the 30th anniversary of one of the deadliest in San Francisco Bay Area history.  In…
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Entertainment

Actor Huffman Starts Serving Prison Time in College Scam

VOA News By AP SAN FRANCISCO - “Desperate Housewives'' star Felicity Huffman — aka prisoner No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers trying to get their children into elite schools. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by media as “Club Fed,'' making its way onto a Forbes list…
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Case for Obstruction by White House Is Building, Schiff Says

By VOA News The case for obstruction by the Trump administration continues to build, House Democrat Adam Schiff says, after senior members and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani defied subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry. Vice President Mike Pence's office called the Democratic-led House inquiry "self-proclaimed" and the subpoena "too broad." The Pentagon also says it is "unable to comply" at this time for legal reasons. The White House budget office also rejected the request, and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, also said no to the subpoena for documents related to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. "This appears to…
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Impeachment Likely Topic at Next Democratic Debate

VOA News By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will be on stage for the party’s next primary debate Tuesday on the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. This will be the fourth Democratic debate since June and will feature the largest group on stage for a single ; Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund investor and environmental activist, will join the ten Democrats who took part in the previous debate in September. It is likely that the impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump will be a major focus of discussion on…
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US Sanctions Turkey, Seeks Halt to Syria Offensive

By VOA News President Donald Trump is pressuring Turkey to stop its offensive in northern Syria with calls for a cease-fire and sanctions against Turkish officials, as he plans to send a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence to Ankara for talks to resolve the situation. Trump's action follows sharp criticism in the week since the White House announced Turkey was going forward with its long-held plans to try to carve out a buffer zone along its border with Syria free from the Kurdish fighters it accuses of being terrorists linked to separatist Kurds in Turkey. Turkey's incursion pushed the…
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US Senate Panel Report Calls for Plan to Prevent Meddling in 2020 Presidential Election

By VOA News The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a bipartisan report that calls on the government and private industry to prevent social media sites from being used to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, as they were in 2016. The report, released Tuesday after more than two years of investigating foreign electoral meddling, found the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency "sought to influence the 2016 presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin." The finding is consistent with evidence uncovered by the intelligence community after the 2016 election in which…
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White House Being Warned to Expect Subpoena for Documents on Trump’s Dealings With Ukraine

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - The White House is being warned by leaders of the opposition Democratic Party, who control the House of Representatives, to expect a subpoena for documents about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Asked by a reporter at a news conference on Wednesday if he would cooperate with such requests from the legislative body, which has launched an impeachment inquiry, Trump replied, “I always cooperate.” At the same time, Trump described the Democrats’ investigation as “a hoax," but added "we’ll work together with shifty Schiff,” referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat.…
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Settlement Reached in Discrimination Suit Against Newport Grand Casino

The ACLU of RI today announced the settlement of an age and sex discrimination lawsuit filed last year against the now-closed Newport Grand Casino on behalf of a female employee who claimed that she had been paid less than a younger male employee performing the same duties in the same position. The suit was on behalf of Paula Borrelli, who had worked at Newport Grand since 2007 until the casino closed in 2018. Under the settlement agreement, the company, without admitting liability, has agreed to pay Borrelli a confidential amount for her damages. The lawsuit, filed in July 2018 in…
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Education

Rhode Island Awarded $20 Million Grant to Improve Literacy

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Commissioner of Education Angélica Infante-Green announced today that Rhode Island has been awarded a $20 million grant to improve literacy. The five-year Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant from the Department of Education will be used primarily to support communities and LEAs in strengthening literacy development and instruction from birth through grade ; This award will benefit teaching and learning at every level, including children from birth through grade three, which has been a key focus of the Rhode Island Children’s ;     "Early literacy is a leading indicator of future success, which is why I reconvened the…
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Whole Foods Market Recalling Dorset Cheese

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Whole Foods Market stores in the northeast are recalling Dorset cheese because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenesis an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women. The affected product was sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Maine,…
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