Politics

Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON — Less than four weeks before congressional midterm elections, the bitter confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has galvanized activists in both major political parties. But its ultimate impact remains uncertain. Republicans say the fight over Kavanaugh has given them a boost, especially in key Senate races in states President Donald Trump won in 2016. Democrats counter that the Kavanaugh fallout has enraged many women voters upset with the way the Senate confirmation battle turned out, likely increasing Democratic turnout in November and threatening Republican control of the House of Representatives. University of Virginia analyst…
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LPR News

Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

VOA News One of the most influential Arab journalists in the world, Jamal Khashoggi, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Turkish authorities have blamed the Saudis, but Riyadh has denied harming the veteran reporter. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was born in Medina, Saudi Arabia, one of the holiest cities in Islam. Like many Saudis at the time, Khashoggi left to study abroad. He earned a business administration degree in 1983 at Indiana State University in the United States. Career in journalism Khashoggi began his career as a reporter for the English language newspaper Saudi Gazette. He went…
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Featured

Death Toll From Hurricane Michael Climbs to 11

VOA News Residents and rescue workers in Florida and other southeastern states were in the midst of recovering Friday from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael, the remnants of which have moved out into the Atlantic Ocean. Before it swept out to sea, Michael claimed at least 11 lives after making landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 Hurricane in the Florida Panhandle and churned north through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia as a tropical storm. Emergency personnel scoured through areas where entire blocks of homes and buildings were flattened, searching for survivors. "I expect the fatality count to come up…
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2018 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study

T-Mobile Ranks Highest in All Three Segments for Second Consecutive Year COSTA MESA, Calif.: 11 Oct. 2018 — Business wireless customers with an assigned representative for customer assistance have vastly higher satisfaction than those who must call a general help line, according to the Power 2018 Business Wireless Satisfaction All three segments in the study show increases in overall customer satisfaction, with the segment of large enterprise companies having the highest overall satisfaction with a score of 838 (on a 1,000-point scale), up from 813 in 2017. “When customers have a specific point of contact, it reduces the amount of time…
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LPR News

Reed Votes to Overturn Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

Reed-backed bill to overturn Trump Administration’s rule expanding junk insurance plans that don’t have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions falls on 50-50 vote WASHINGTON, DC – A critical effort to protect consumers from “junk insurance” plans that deny benefits and don’t have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions fell short today by a vote of 50-50 in the Senate. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation to rescind the Trump Administration’s rule expanding so-called junk plans, which don’t provide adequate coverage, weaken…
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US Envoy to UN Haley Announces Resignation

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE —  Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is resigning. "It has been an honor of a lifetime," said Haley, sitting alongside President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where on Tuesday they announced her pending departure. "I'm not leaving until the end of the year." "We will miss you," Trump said to Haley. "You have done a fantastic job." Thanking Haley for her service, Trump characterized the diplomat as "very special to me" and someone whom he had teamed with and "solved a lot of problems," citing, in particular, issues with Iran and North…
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Health

Six Red Cross Volunteers Deploying in Preparation for Hurricane Michael

FARMINGTON, Conn.,(October 9, 2018) – Six American Red Cross volunteers from the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region are deploying to support Red Cross relief efforts as tens of thousands of people are in the path of Hurricane Michael. NAME                                   HOMETOWN              LOCATION           FUNCTION Joe Apicelli                          Groton, CT                  Tallahassee, FL      Feeding Laura Callahan           …
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Featured

UN Ambassador Haley Resigns

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is resigning. "It has been an honor of a lifetime," said Haley, sitting alongside President Donald Trump in the Oval Office where they announced her pending departure on Tuesday. "I'm not leaving until the end of the year." "We will miss you," Trump said to Haley. "You have done a fantastic job." Thanking Haley for her service, Trump characterized the diplomat as "very special to me" and someone whom he had teamed with and "solved a lot of problems," citing, in particular, issues with Iran and North…
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US Service Member Killed in Combat in Southern Afghanistan

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — The service member killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan was conducting combat operations against Taliban forces, a defense official told VOA. International forces in the country had announced earlier in the day, without providing details, that one American service member had been killed in action. A press release said the death was "under investigation." Speaking to Pentagon reporters Thursday from Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees military operations across the Middle East, would say only that the casualty was a result of "combat action" and would not specify the location or…
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US Launches Annual Green Card Lottery

VOA News Tens of thousands of people throughout the world will pursue their American dreams this month, now that the State Department has opened the annual green card lottery, also known as the diversity lottery. The State Department said Tuesday that it was opening the visa lottery, making 50,000 visas available for fiscal 2020 by random drawing. The visas are made available under the Diversity Immigrant Visa program to people who were born in one of six geographical of the visas will later be chosen randomly. Online registration for the 2020 lottery began Tuesday and ends Nov. 6. No individual country…
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