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Why American Labor Day is in September

By VOA News Why do Americans celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day is a national holiday, created to honor workers and their contribution to the economy. Many Americans use the day to celebrate the end of summer and would be surprised to know the day has its roots in the labor movement of the late 1800s. How did the holiday begin? During the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was at its peak, and many Americans worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in harsh conditions for low pay. Even young children worked in factories. Virtually no employers provided their workers with sick…
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‘Catastrophic’ Hurricane Dorian Stalls Over Bahamas

VOA News - By Ken Bredemeier, Chris Hannas Hurricane Dorian battered Grand Bahama Island on Monday as the monster storm virtually stalled, toppling and damaging thousands of homes and sending a "life-threatening storm surge" barreling across low-lying coastal lands. Forecasters called the storm "catastrophic" and "devastating." They predicted Dorian would continue to pound the island throughout much of the day with drenching rains, as much as 60 centimeters, and winds of about 250 kilometers per hour. Strong winds batter Oceanhill Boulevard in Freeport, as Hurricane Dorian passes over Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Sept. 2, 2019 in this still image taken from a…
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The Rhode Island State Police arrest a Quonset Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief

The Rhode Island State Police announce the arrest of a Quonset Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief for Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity and Indecent Solicitation of a Child. On August 30, 2019, Stephen E. Barker, age 49, of 317 Namquid Drive, Warwick was arrested for one (1) felony count of Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity and for one (1) felony count of Indecent Solicitation of a Child following an investigation by detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Major Crimes Unit. The investigation revealed that Mr. Barker allegedly provided monetary compensation for a juvenile to perform…
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Gunman sentenced to life in prison for 2018 murder of Central High student

William Parsons, 15 years old, murdered September 5, 2018 Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that Joel Loarca (age 17), of Providence, pleaded guilty to five criminal counts and was given a life sentence plus an additional 10 years to serve at the ACI for the 2018 murder of 15-year-old William Parsons outside of the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA). Superior Court Justice Luis M. Matos sentenced Loarca after he pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a firearm on school grounds, assault with a dangerous weapon, and…
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Hijo de Bolsonaro viaja para agradecer a Trump apoyo en crisis por fuegos en Amazonas

VOA News El diputado Eduardo Bolsonaro, hijo del presidente Jair Bolsonaro, y el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, se encuentran este viernes en Estados Unidos para "agradecer" al presidente estadounidense Donald Trump su respaldo en la crisis generada por los incendios en la Amazonía. El presidente brasileño hizo el anuncio en Twitter: "Nuestro canciller Ernesto Araújo y el diputado Eduardo Bolsonaro serán recibidos este viernes por el presidente Donald Trump en la Casa Blanca en Washington", tuiteó Bolsonaro el jueves por la noche. Bolsonaro dijo que le había pedido ayuda al presidente estadounidense Donald Trump y que éste le había dicho…
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Foreign Minister: Taiwan-US Relations Probably at Their Best Ever

VOA News By Ralph Jennings TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Taiwan’s relations with the United States have reached their strongest point ever despite a lack of formal diplomatic ties as officials in Washington value the Asian government’s role in international causes, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Friday. Close ties with the United States give Taiwan military and diplomatic support that it struggles to get elsewhere because most countries recognize Beijing over Taipei. Taiwan faces a chronic military threat from nearby China. The government of President Donald Trump, though it also maintains formal ties with Beijing instead of with Taipei, is locked in…
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Trump sobre General Motors: “¿Deberían empezar a regresar a EE.UU.?”

By VOA News El presidente Donald Trump dijo el viernes que General Motors Co (GM), el mayor fabricante de automóviles de Estados Unidos, debería comenzar a regresar sus operaciones a Estados Unidos. En medio de la disputa comercial con Beijing, Trump recordó que "grandes plantas" de General Motors fueron llevadas a China antes de que asumiera la presidencia. "General Motors, alguna vez el Gigante de Detroit, ahora es uno de los fabricantes de automóviles más pequeños de allí", escribió Trump en Twitter. "Llevaron grandes plantas a China (...) Eso pese a la ayuda salvadora que les dio ¿Ahora deberían empezar…
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How Democratic Insider Greg Craig Got Caught Up in the Russia Probe

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - Greg Craig is an improbable figure in the national saga formerly known as the "Russia Investigation." While almost everyone caught in former special counsel Robert Mueller's cross-hairs — from Paul Manafort to Roger Stone — had close ties to President Donald Trump’s orbit, Craig was a conspicuous outsider. The 74-year-old veteran Washington lawyer and Democratic insider served in prominent positions in the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama before joining a white-shoe New York law firm in recent years. Declining fortunes Since then, Craig’s fortunes have taken a hit. Now, the retired trial…
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Field of US Democratic Presidential Candidates Narrows as Next Debate Approaches

By VOA News The race to pick which Democratic candidate will face President Donald Trump in next year's election is getting a little more clear. What once was a contest that seemingly added entrants every day is starting to narrow from a field that at one point featured about 20 candidates. FILE - Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, , speaks at a news conference on the 9/11 victims fund on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday she was dropping out of the race amid low poll numbers. She was one…
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Florida se prepara para la llegada del potente huracán Dorian

By VOA News Residentes de Florida buscaron abastecerse de alimentos y agua potable mientras están a la espera del potente huracán Dorian, cuando aún no es claro por dónde tocará tierra durante el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo. El presidente Donald Trump ha dicho que podría ser un "absoluto monstruo", en un video divulgado en su cuenta en Twitter en que ofrece indicaciones sobre la tormenta. "Todo indica que va a golpear muy fuerte y que va a ser muy grande”, dijo Trump. Comparó a Dorian con el huracán Andrew, que arrasó el sur de Florida en 1992.…
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