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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies: A Life of Commitment to US

WASHINGTON — George Bush, the 41st president of the United States, a man born of patrician pedigree, but with a sense of honor, duty and service to his country that played out over the last 60 years of the 20th century, has died at his home in Houston, Texas. A family spokesman made the announcement late Friday. The former president was 94 and had been in poor health for several years, suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. In a life on the world stage and at the highest levels of the American political scene, Bush lost and…
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10 Tips for Safer Winter Generator Usage for Home & Business Owners

Follow manufacturer’s instructions and ensure proper ventilation, says The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Winter is here, and if your electricity goes out due to snow and ice, a generator can keep your power flowing to your home or business. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) () , an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators this winter. “Not having power when you need it is frustrating, so a generator can provide emergency backup power at a reasonable cost,” says Kris…
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Trump Threatens to Cut GM Subsidies in Retaliation for US Job Cuts

VOA/Reuters WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut subsidies for General Motors after the largest automaker said it would halt production at five plants in North America and cut nearly 15,000 jobs. "The saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including ... for electric cars," Trump said on Twitter. Trump has made boosting auto jobs a key priority during his almost two years in office and has often attacked automakers on Twitter for not doing enough to boost employment. FILE - President Donald Trump speaks…
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Bomb Kills 3 US Soldiers in Afghanistan

Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — The military in Afghanistan says three of its service members were killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device exploded near the troubled central eastern city of Ghazni. An American contractor was also wounded in the blast. A brief statement issued in Kabul said, “The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care.” It did not share further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Ghazni is the capital of the Afghan province of the same name where the Taliban has overrun several districts in recent months. The insurgent group…
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Aid Groups Urge Faster Asylum Processing as Trump Tells Migrants ‘Go Back Home’

Picture above: Migrants push past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, as they try to reach the United States. VOA News President Donald Trump told supporters at a political rally late Monday that his administration has no intention of allowing Central American migrants who traveled to the border to enter the United States. "We are sending a simple message to the lawless caravans and to the illegal trespassers marching toward our border," he said at the rally in the southern state of Mississippi. "It’s very simple: turn back now, go back home, we…
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Langevin Offices Accepting Applications for Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) is accepting applications for interns in his Rhode Island and Washington, , offices for the spring of 2019. This program is open to civic-minded college students who are available for at least 10 hours per week. A qualified candidate will be well-organized, responsible, dependable, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Responsibilities include drafting constituent correspondence, answering phone calls, and supporting staff members on various projects. College credit is available if approved by the institution. The application deadline is December 7th. For more information, visit ;; and click on the Internships prompt under "Serving You," on the homepage.
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Facebook Unable to Identify Who Was Behind Network of Fake Accounts

VOA News Facebook said Tuesday it had been unable to determine who was behind dozens of fake accounts it took down shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. “Combined with our takedown last Monday, in total we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, 6 Pages, and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, wrote on the company’s blog. At least one of the Instagram accounts had well over a million followers, according to Facebook. A website that said it represented the Russian state-sponsored Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the accounts last week, but Facebook said…
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Former West Virginia Coal Mines Turned into Carbon-sucking Forests

VOA News/Steve Baragona ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Mist rises from the ripped-up and muddy earth as moist soil meets chilly morning air. This field deep within in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest looks more like a Game of Thrones battleground than a woodlands restoration project. This is how Chris Barton is bringing forests back to Appalachia's old strip mines: with a bulldozer tearing up the soil with meter-long metal teeth. "We've had a lot of people kind of look at us twice," he laughed. Barton is a forest scientist at the University of Kentucky. On these former mines, he's found that before he…
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Mattis to Visit US Southern Border Wednesday

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is due to visit the southern border Wednesday, where thousands of American troops have been deployed to support border patrol agents. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon, Mattis said there has been “no change” to the military mission “at this time.” "We’re doing the obstacle emplacement, we do have helicopters down there,” he said. “We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.” President Donald Trump called for increased border security to prevent a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants from Central…
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Most Dangerous US States Might Surprise You

VOA News Alaska is by far the most dangerous state in the nation, according to the business website 24/7 Wall Street. The most sparsely populated of all states, Alaska has the highest rates of rape and aggravated assault in the nation. In 2017, there were 117 rapes and 575 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 residents. Both of those statistics are more than double the corresponding national rates. Last year's murder rate in Alaska was up 20 percent over the previous year. Sheriff's deputy at the entrance to Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, following a deadly shooting on campus, Dec.…
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