US Parties Closely Watching North Carolina Special House Election

By VOA News Voters in the eastern state of North Carolina are participating Tuesday in a special election for a Congress seat that is being closely watched by Democrats and Republicans for potential signs of the parties' prospects in next year's national elections. Public opinion polls ahead of the voting indicated Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready running virtually even. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made last-second appeals in support of Bishop during visits to the state Monday. The seat has been held by a Republican since the ; The race has drawn so much attention and…
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Peace Talks with Taliban Are ‘Dead’

VOA News By Steve Herman VOA's Afghanistan Service and White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara contributed to this report. WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is denying he overruled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about hosting the Taliban at Camp David for peace talks. "I took my own advice," Trump told reporters Monday. "We had a meeting scheduled. It was my idea, and it was my idea to terminate it. I didn't discuss it with anybody else." The Taliban, according to Trump, "are telling people they made a big mistake" by carrying out an attack last Thursday in Kabul…
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US Credits Mexico, Central America for Sharp Drop in Border Arrests

VOA News By Reuters WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a federal judge for ruling against a strict anti-asylum policy. With President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policy shaping up as an issue in his 2020 re-election campaign, Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August. That was down 22% from July and 56% from a high mark…
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Pompeo: Trump Correctly Called Off Taliban Talks Because of Its Terrorist Attacks

By Ken Bredemeier Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "made the right decision" to call off peace talks with Taliban leaders at his presidential retreat because of the terrorist group's on-going attacks in Afghanistan. "We need to see them capable of delivering on their promises" to end violence in the war-torn country before they are "rewarded" with a meeting with Trump, Pompeo told CNN. He made no commitment on whether or when peace talks would resume. The top American diplomat said Trump's planned Sunday meetings at his Camp David retreat outside Washington with the Taliban and…
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Betts channels aggression into five-RBI night

Reigning MVP homers on first two pitches he sees from Twins' Berrios By Ian Browne BOSTON -- Mookie Betts went into his best mode -- or was it beast mode? -- on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. That would be attack mode. The star leadoff man tore into Twins ace Jose Berrios with an aggressive approach that sparked the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory at Fenway Park. • Box score In a dominant display of hitting, Betts walloped a first-pitch fastball into the Green Monster Seats to lead off the bottom of the first, and he then hit a first-pitch curve for…
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Despite David Andrews injury, for Ted Karras it’s business as usual

By Megan O'Brien, Patriots Staff Writer As Ted Karras prepares for his fourth season opener as a Patriot, he’s taking a business as usual approach. The news of David Andrews being out for the 2019 season has a huge impact on Karras and the rest of the offensive line. Not only is Andrews their teammate, he’s their friend and leader, but as the saying goes in New England, it’s next man up "It's one of those things, it’s tough, especially at the beginning of the season," Karras said of Andrews. "But everyone has to prepare, and we have to do…
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Transcript: Tom Brady 9/4

Q: You worked really hard to earn your job. Do you ever feel territorial about it? TB: About keeping my job? Q: Yes. TB: I think that's the nature of this position, and it's a very competitive position. I think it's a great privilege. I've always felt when a team trusts you to be a quarterback and they put the ball in your hands, it's a great show of trust they have in you, and I think that you need to earn it every day. So I don't think that you can rest on things that have happened in the…
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US Farmers Push for United States, Canada, Mexico Trade Agreement

VOA News - By Kane Farabaugh DECATUR, ILL. - Continuous wet weather disrupted the spring planting season for Southern Illinois farmer Jim Raben, meaning he is anticipating a lean harvest this year. “For our area and probably for our farm, probably 20, 25% prevent plant,” he told VOA at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. “Then there were also failed acres later on that were under water or whatever reason, that’s another 10%.” Raben admits the weather is one of the great variables that no one can control. But human actions are playing a big role in other factors…
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White House to Propose Expedited Death Penalty for Perpetrators of Mass Shootings

VOA News - By Reuters SHANNON, IRELAND - Attorney General William Barr has drafted legislation that would speed the death penalty for people who have committed mass murder, a White House official said Monday. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told reporters on Air Force 2 that the measure would be part of a package of gun legislation that the White House intends to propose to Congress. Pence, who is traveling in Europe, had been in contact with Barr about the issue, Short said. The White House has been working on measures to address gun violence…
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4 Dead, Dozens Missing After Fire Broke Out Aboard Dive Boat Off California Coast

By VOA News The Coast Guard says at least four people are dead and more than two dozen others are missing and feared dead after a fire erupted aboard a dive boat off the coast of Southern California. Coast Guard officials said five crew members were rescued after the fire broke out on the 20-meter commercial dive boat, called Conception, which was anchored near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Santa Barbara. They said they are searching for other passengers who have not been accounted for. Officials say the missing passengers were sleeping below desk when the fire broke out…
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