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Mueller: Investigation Did Not Exonerate Trump of Alleged Obstruction

VOA NEWS - By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - Former special counsel Robert Mueller told Congress Wednesday that his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did not exonerate President Donald Trump of allegedly obstructing justice by trying to thwart the probe, even though the leader has frequently claimed it did. As hours of testimony started, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler asked the prosecutor, "Did you totally exonerate the president?" "No," Mueller responded, later adding, "The president was not exculpated for the acts he allegedly committed." Mueller explained, however, that Trump could not be criminally charged because of a…
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Trump, Condemned for ‘Racist’ Comments, Continues Attacks on Four House Democrats

VOA News WHITE HOUSE —  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar posted a tweet late Wednesday featuring a picture of herself in the House of Representatives chamber along with a message for President Donald Trump and his supporters, who have in recent days repeatedly suggested the citizen “go back” to her native Somalia. Her response came after Trump, for the fourth consecutive day, attacked Omar and three other women of color in Congress, continuing to question their loyalty to the country and suggesting they should leave. “I think in some cases they hate America,” Trump said of Congresswomen Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley and Rashida…
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Reed’s Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform Would Help Prevent Premiums from Swamping Homeowners & Businesses

Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 5 yrs., institutes reforms to make it more affordable, efficient & sustainable WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others in introducing the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of ; The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance program for five years, implement new reforms -- including Senator Reed’s provisions to invest more in flood mitigation -- and cap premium increases each year. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was originally established in 1968 and is the…
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Thriving Economy Comes at a Price to American Workers

VOA News By Brian Padden YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - The growing  economy is creating new manufacturing jobs in northeastern Ohio, part of the country’s once vibrant industrial heartland, but these new jobs pay about half of what union workers made in the past. This region, sometimes called the Rust Belt, has struggled economically as automobile and steel plants shifted operations over decades to low-wage countries or increased automation to cut the high cost of labor. The region continues to deal with higher unemployment, more than 6% in the Youngstown area, compared with the national average of The mixed regional economic outcomes of increased…
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US Women’s Soccer Team Revels in World Cup Victory

By VOA News Lisa Bryant contributed to this report from Paris. The heavily favored United States team defeated Netherlands 2-0 in the women's World Cup soccer final in Lyon, France, on Sunday to secure its fourth title and win back-to-back tournaments for the first time. The Americans defeated four other European teams -- Sweden, Spain, France and England -- on their way to the final, and dominated Sunday in defeating the reigning European champion Dutch. star Megan Rapinoe scored the opening goal for the side on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and teammate Rose Lavelle added a goal in…
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Facebook Plans Its Own Currency for 2 Billion-Plus Users

VOA News/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, ;The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social network. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other…
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NY State Bars Religion as an Excuse Against Vaccines

By VOA News New York is the latest state where parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate children on religious ; Both houses of the New York State Assembly passed the measure Thursday and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it immediately. The move comes while the United States is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in 25 years. Parents in New York have up to 30 days to get their children immunized against contagious diseases such as measles, or they would be barred from ; Some parents shouted curses and booed as state lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, calling it a…
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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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