World News

Hong Kong Protests Expected to Swell on Wednesday

BEIJING/WASHINGTON—Pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong are expected to swell on Wednesday, China's National Day, as demonstrators remain defiant of government orders for the civil disobedience to end. Tens of thousands of protesters camped out in at least three parts of Hong Kong Tuesday, maintaining their demands for greater democratic reforms and for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign. The Occupy Central movement set a Wednesday deadline for Leung to meet those demands. One of the organizers of Occupy Central, Chen Jianmin, said in an interview with VOA Tuesday the only way to defuse the crisis is for Leung…
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Venezuela Suffers Another Blackout

CARACAS— Another blackout hit various states across Venezuela on Thursday in an irritation for locals and embarrassment for President Nicolas Maduro's government which runs the electricity sector. The South American OPEC member nation has been suffering increasing power cuts in recent years which critics jump on as evidence of mismanagement by the socialist authorities. The government has in the past often blamed saboteurs for the cuts, but Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon was quick to attribute the latest blackout to problems at generating plants in the western Andean region of Venezuela. "We want to apologize to Venezuelans for this nuisance. Everything is…
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US News

Some Republican States Finding Medicaid Expansion More Palatable

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - President Barack Obama's plan to extend health coverage to millions of poor Americans remains highly contentious, yet it is gaining momentum among several initially reluctant states where financial pragmatism is trumping ideology. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. They take their cue from Pennsylvania and other states that have won Washington's approval to add commercial innovations to the 50-year-old government program to make it more palatable to conservatives Obama's original idea of using tax money to expand Medicaid has long…
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Passengers cry and pray as smoke-filled plane rattles to emergency landing

Many wept. Some prayed. But after their smoke-filled plane rattled to an emergency landing, passengers had a new lease on life, as they exited a JetBlue flight Thursday via inflatable chutes. "I'm just happy to be alive," said passenger Jarrod West, who slid down holding his black Chihuahua. "I don't think I'll be mean to anybody ever again." Four people were injured in the incident; one was taken to hospital,  KCAL reported. A loud pop initiated the brush with disaster, said West and other passengers who spoke with KCAL from the airport in Long Beach, California. Flight 1416 had left…
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Health

Blood Test Could Diagnose Depression

researchers have successfully tested a blood test for depression. And it not only could help diagnose and treat patients, but it could also help remove the stigma of a common mental illness. Depression is one of the most common of all mental disorders, says the Northwestern University psychiatry professor who developed the test, Eva Redei, PhD. “The World Health Organization estimates that about 350 million people suffer from depression yearly,” she noted in a telephone interview, adding,  “That number is probably underestimated.” Depression is typically diagnosed in an interview with a therapist, but Redei says she looked for a biological…
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Community

NBC 10’s Alison Bologna to Emcee AIDS Walk September 27

NBC 10’s Alison Bologna will be emceeing this year’s AIDS Walk for Life, which is just days away. Ms. Bologna anchors Channel 10’s 7 news during the week with Dan Jaehnig, as well as the 5:30 news with Gene Valicenti.  Rhode Island Monthly readers recently voted her top female television news reporter in the region.   The 29th annual AIDS Walk for Life will take place rain or shine Saturday, September 27 starting and ending on the Rhode Island State House lawn.   On-site registration for the mile walk begins at 9 , with the kick-off at 10.  Registration is…
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US News

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine

President Barack Obama has offered additional security assistance to Ukraine in its standoff with Russia. Speaking Thursday at the White House following talks with visiting President Petro Poroshenko at his side, Obama announced an additional $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine - $46 million to bolster Ukraine's security and $7 million in humanitarian aid. Obama praised the Ukrainian leader for brokering a recent cease-fire in the conflict in the county’s east and for pushing through legislation granting areas controlled by pro-Russia rebels broader self-rule. Affirming once again that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are not negotiable, Obama said that…
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France Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Iraq

France says its fighter jets have successfully carried out the country's first airstrikes against Islamic State insurgents inside Iraq. The office of French President Francois Hollande said in a statement Friday that its Rafale jets launched a strike against a militant logistics depot, adding that it was destroyed completely. France did not give the exact location of where it took place, but said there would be more operations in the coming days. Hollande announced on Thursday that his country was ready to conduct airstrikes requested by Iraq once reconnaissance flights had identified targets. He has said the military operation would…
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Local News

Heated Debate Cianci, Elorza and Harrop

Rhode Island - The Democratic candidate for mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza said it was a shame that the two-time convicted felon former mayor of Providence, Buddy Cianci is running for mayor again. Elorza made ​​the remarks at a forum on Wednesday in which three candidates participated at Laurelmead, a retirement community on the East Side of Providence. While Cianci, Independent candidate has always proclaimed his innocence on corruption charge for which he was sent to prison 2002. Cianci claim he could not control all municipal workers who supervised during his nearly 22 years as mayor, several of which also…
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Local News

Escape ACI Convict Captured in Providence

Rhode Island - On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:50 , Adult Correctional Institute (ACI) Minimum Security Inmate, Keurys Pena, age 25, aka Michael Santana, of Providence, walked away from his work assignment at the Prison Industries Building on the ACI Grounds in Cranston at 12:50 Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on September 17, 2014 at approximately 1:40 , members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF), Rhode Island State Police Detectives assigned to the Adult Correctional Institute, members of the Providence Police and Special…
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