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Trump, to a Degree, at Odds with Restrictive New State Abortion Laws

President Donald Trump says abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a mother is endangered. VOA NEWS - Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump says he is less restrictive in his anti-abortion views than provisions in a string of pro-life laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures in recent days. Trump, in late Saturday Twitter remarks, described himself as "strongly pro-life," but said abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a…
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USS Preble Sails Near Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea

A China Coast Guard vessel patrols at the disputed Scarborough Shoal April 6, 2017 VOA NEWS The United States military said one of its warships in the South China Sea sailed Monday near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China and the Philippines. "USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, Commander Clay Doss said. It was the second military freedom of navigation exercise in the region in the last month. Speaking at an international security…
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Coast Guard Gives US New Tool in Disputed South China Sea

VOA NEWS - Ralph Jennings FILE - In this May 9, 2018 photo, Philippine and Marines storm a beach as part of an amphibious landing exercise during a two-week joint exercise facing the South China Sea in the Philippines. TAIPEI — A rare Coast Guard exercise in the South China Sea this month shows that the United States is broadening its reach in a disputed waterway, a new pressure point between Washington and the sea’s chief claimant Beijing. On May 14 the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf joined two Philippine coast guard vessels for training in “maritime security” and “law enforcement…
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As Tensions Rise, US Lawmakers Await Briefings on Iran

VOA NEWS - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — In word and deed, the administration of President Donald Trump has been sounding the alarm over Iran and its proxies. “If American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last week. Later this week, officials are expected to brief lawmakers on what has led the administration to strengthen America’s military posture in the Middle East, while evacuating non-essential personnel from diplomatic facilities in Iraq. Members of Congress of both parties have been demanding the White House share information about perceived threats from…
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Art & Life

Norman Rockwell’s Images of Freedom Revisited 75 Years Later

VOA NEWS - Julie Taboh WASHINGTON, DC — Norman Rockwell is considered one of America's most beloved and influential artists, painting scenes of ordinary Americans at work, at play and at war, capturing simple yet compelling details that illuminated everyday life in the country. In this 1938 self-portrait called Deadline (Artist Facing Blank Canvas), Norman Rockwell painted himself trying to think of ideas for a cover illustration. () Helping tell America’s story Most Americans became familiar with his work through his hundreds of cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, the most widely circulated weekly magazine in America during the first…
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Missouri is Latest US State to Approve Anti-Abortion Bill

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson arrives for a news conference in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Missouri, May 14, 2019. Parson voiced support for an abortion ban bill on Wednesday. VOA News Missouri is the latest state to act in favor of a restrictive abortion ban bill, bolstering a national movement Republicans hope could lead to the revocation of the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion. The Republican-led Senate in the midwestern state voted 24-10 early Thursday to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. The legislation includes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies caused by incest or…
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Trump Says ‘Won’t Be Happy’ if Iran Commits Acts of Aggression

VOA News FILE - President Donald Trump listens to a question from a member of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 14, 2019. Michael Bowman and Shahla Arasteh contributed to this President Donald Trump says he "won't be happy" if Iran takes military action amid rising tensions in the Middle East, his spokeswoman said Thursday, as an Iranian diplomat downplayed such prospects while reserving Iran's right to defend itself. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated to reporters early Thursday that Trump wants a "behavioral change" from Iran and would oppose any aggressive…
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SERVICE TO BRISTOL KICKS OFF FOURTH YEAR OF RIDOT’S FERRY

Service to begin in time for Memorial Day Weekend     The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the return of the seasonal Providence-Newport Ferry service, setting sail on Friday, May 24 with new weekend stops in the bayside community of new ferry service to Bristol is part of the trip to and from Newport, and runs on weekends from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Special trips will be included for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade and WaterFire in Providence.  Ferries between Providence and Newport run seven days a week, with three round trips daily during…
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Education

UMass Dartmouth professor awarded Manning Prize for teaching excellence

Award recognizes extraordinary faculty on each UMass campus Five University of Massachusetts faculty — one from each UMass campus — have been awarded the 2019 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the ;The winner from UMass Dartmouth is Shannon Jenkins of the Department of Political Science. Since 2004, Jenkins has been a Professor of Political Science, served as chair of the political science department from 2012 to 2018, and currently serves as the Academic Director of Online Learning. UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning established the Manning Prize in 2016 to honor UMass professors who excel…
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CVS Health Officials Questioned Over Potential Health Care Rationing

Free Enterprise Project Probes Role of Outside Advisory Group in Determining Patient Care Woonsocket, RI/Washington, DC - CVS Health executives were asked today to clarify their partnership with a controversial organization that appears to be trying to ration patient care and distort the market for pharmaceutical pricing, potentially paving the way for a Medicare-for-All system. Free Enterprise Project (FEP) Director Justin Danhof, Esq., questioned CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo over the company's relationship with Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit group that bills itself as a medical review board, at today's annual meeting of CVS Health shareholders held at the…
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