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Man Firing Into Toronto Cafes Shoots 14 People, Killing 2

ORONTO — A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police. Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive, though officials did not immediately identify the attacker, other than to say he was 29 years old. Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray said early Monday that a second victim had died, though there were no further details. Saunders earlier said that a young woman had died in Sunday's shootings and that a girl aged 8 or 9 was…
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Questions, Answers About Seeking Asylum in US

VOA News/Aline Barros Federal law allows people from other countries to seek asylum in the United States if they fear persecution at home. Here's a look at how the system works: What qualifies people for asylum? To be granted asylum, applicants must meet three requirements, laid out by the Convention on Refugees in 1951 and adopted by the United States. Applicants must prove: 1) They have a "reasonable fear" of persecution in their home country. Reasonable fear is defined by the United Nations as at least a 10 percent chance of persecution. 2) They must fear persecution on one of…
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Rhode Island to Receive More Than $200,000 from EPA for Beach Monitoring Funding will support water quality and public swimming advisories

BOSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $201,500 to the Rhode Island Department of Health to support beach water quality monitoring and public notification efforts throughout the state. “Protecting Rhode Island’s beaches is critical to safeguarding public health and sustaining local economies, especially during the summer tourism season,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “This funding enables our partners in Rhode Island to have the tools and resources they need to adequately monitor beach water quality and deliver timely information to the public.” “Rhode Island’s hundreds of miles of coastline are at the economic, environmental, and…
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Lt. Governor McKee Announces Plan to Reduce Inflated Paint Recycling Fees

PROVIDENCE, RI – After months of negotiations, Lt. Governor Dan McKee announced his plan to reduce the inflated paint recycling fees imposed on consumers by Paint Care, the multimillion-dollar national organization responsible for Rhode Island’s paint recycling program. The Paint Care program began in Rhode Island in 2014 and charges a 75 cents per gallon fee to consumers at the point of sale. The legislation that established the program gives Paint Care the authority to arbitrarily set the fee structure without meaningful oversight from the State. Despite Paint Care’s reports that show a surplus of hundreds of thousands of dollars for…
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Abdul Seeks to Become Michigan’s First Muslim American Governor

VOA News/Kane Farabaugh TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — It's standing room only in the large ballroom of this northern Michigan resort as people eagerly await the arrival of a young, well-spoken, charismatic Rhodes scholar seeking to reach Michigan’s highest elected office. “When I graduated college, Bill Clinton asked me why I was going to med school, and he asked me if I ever considered running for office. And at that time, I thought that was off limits to me,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told VOA. Muslim American El-Sayed grew up in Michigan, where he often faced prejudice. “I was the captain of my…
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Tornadoes Hit Iowa Unexpectedly, Causing Damage and Injuries

VOA News A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital. Residents - and even weather forecasters - were taken by surprise Thursday as the tornadoes hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. Ten people were injured in Marshalltown and seven at a factory near Pella, but no deaths were reported. Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said forecasting models produced Thursday morning showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms later in the day. “This morning, it didn't…
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U.S. Senate Votes 98-0 to Tell Trump Not to Hand Over American Citizens to Putin

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Senate voted 98-0 to reject an offer Vladimir Putin made to President Trump to hand over former diplomats and other American officials who have criticized the Kremlin for questioning.  The non-binding resolution expresses the sense of Congress that no current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces should be made available to Putin’s government for interrogation. This resolution was offered in response to President Trump standing shoulder to shoulder with Putin while the Russian President offered the Special Counsel a chance to interview twelve Russian Military Intelligence Officers…
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Crate and Barrel Recalls Mirrors Due to Laceration Hazard (Recall Alert)

This recall involves Crate and Barrel’s Josephine floor mirrors, sold individually or as a set of three mirrors that can be hung vertically or horizontally. The mirror consists of a larger rectangular mirror and a smaller square mirror on wooden backing that measures about 16 inches wide, 3 inches deep and inches long. The hangtag that came with the mirror has the number 215-037 printed next to the bar code. The mirror’s glass can separate from the wooden backing and fall, posing a laceration hazard. Consumer should immediately stop using the recalled mirrors and contact Crate and Barrel to arrange for a free…
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Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to benefit Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Five percent of net sales to benefit Farm Fresh Rhode Island on July 26 Pawtucket, Rhode Island – Farm Fresh Rhode Island announced that it will receive five percent of net sales from all Whole Foods Market locations in Rhode Island on Thursday, July 26 as part of the company’s quarterly Community Giving Day. The path food travels — the food system — includes everything from growing and harvesting to processing, packaging, transporting, selling, eating, and disposing of food. Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s mission is to grow that system to be sustainable and healthy for both the farmers and eaters in the region. Farm Fresh Rhode Island offers farmers markets and transparent enterprise systems that help New…
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US Judge Temporarily Halts Deportations of Recently Reunited Immigrant Families

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of immigrant families who were recently reunited after being separated earlier this year at the border. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego blocked the deportations Monday for at least a week and asked the government to respond to a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU said it was concerned about "persistent and increasing rumors" of "mass deportations" being carried out "immediately upon reunification" of children with their parents. It said the parents need a week after being reunified with their children to decide whether or not to pursue asylum in…
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