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Feds to Probe Use of Force in US Student’s Arrest

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation agreed Tuesday to investigate the arrest of a South Carolina high school student Tuesday, a day after a video showed an officer  throwing the girl to the floor and tossing her across the classroom. "The Columbia FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School," FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas said in a statement Tuesday. The decision came hours after…
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Congress, White House Reach Deal on Spending Plan

VOA News Congressional leaders have reached a tentative deal with the Obama administration on a government spending plan that could avoid another contentious budget standoff between the White House and hardline conservative Republicans. The agreement is the result of weeks of negotiations led by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the leaders of the Republican-led House and Senate, plus House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic head Harry Reid. The plan would fully fund the federal government and extend the government's debt ceiling, or borrowing authority, through March 2017, two months after President Barack Obama…
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CIA Head: Personal Email Hack Epitomizes Cyber Dangers

VOA News October 27, 2015 12:14 PM CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he was "outraged" when a hacker broke into his personal email account, but added the attack highlights how everyone's personal data is vulnerable on the Internet. Brennan told a conference on national security at George Washington University in Washington that he was outraged by the publication of sensitive data. “I was certainly outraged by it. ... I certainly was concerned about what people might try to do with that information," he said at the conference, which was co-sponsored by the CIA. Faults media Brennan also faulted the…
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US Hero in French Train Attack Stabbed in California

VOA News Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who’d overpowered an armed terror suspect on a French train in August, is in stable condition after he was "repeatedly stabbed" Wednesday night in Sacramento, California, a Air Force official tells VOA. Air Force public affairs officer Rose Richeson says the the Airman 1st Class, stationed at nearby Travis Air Force Base, was transported to a local hospital where he is still being treated. Richeson said the incident is under investigation and that the Air Force is unclear at this point on whether the stabbing was done by one suspect or multiple…
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Pope Francis Heads to New York

VOA News Three days into his historic first visit to the United States, Pope Francis shifts his attention from the nation’s political capital to its economic heart. His flight Thursday afternoon from Washington’s nearby Joint Base Andrews was expected to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 5 local time (9 GMT). The 78-year-old pontiff continues a jam-packed itinerary in New York. After a short helicopter ride to Wall Street, he plans to lead an evening prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan. On Friday, Francis is scheduled to address world leaders at the…
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Dealers, Owners Feel Frustrated, Betrayed by VW Scandal

Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Bob Rand bought his Volkswagen Passat last year for its clean emissions and high gas mileage. He liked the car so much he convinced his son and a friend to buy one, , as Volkswagen comes clean about rigging diesel emissions to pass tests, Rand is desperately trying to sell the fully loaded model with white leather seats for $10,000 below what he paid. His sole bite has been from a man who offered $7,500 on speculation that he could resell it in Mexico. “Volkswagen was somebody that you could rely on for cutting-edge products and quality…
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Renovated, NY Cathedral Ready for Pope Francis

NEW YORK —Pope Francis is headed to 5th Avenue in Manhattan.  There, across from Rockefeller Center and New York City's famous shopping district, stands St. Patrick’s Cathedral - the largest Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States -- where the pontiff will hold an evening prayer, shortly after arriving on September visitors - 5 million annually - the cathedral remains one of New York City’s top tourist destinations.  It was completed in 1879, after 21 years of construction, standing 100 meters above the street, seating 2,400 people and featuring more than 2,800 stained glass panels. Tourists from near…
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Pope Urges Congress to Work Together, Care for People

CAPITOL HILL—Pope Francis used his address to a deeply divided Congress to call on the lawmakers to renew “a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.” "A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people," Francis said, in the first papal address in Congress' history. "Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as…
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Poll: Fed Expected to Hold Fire on Interest Rates for Now

Reuters, September 16, 2015 The Federal Reserve will hold fire a bit longer on its first interest rate rise in nearly a decade, according to a little over half of economists in a Reuters poll who only last week narrowly predicted the Fed will pull the trigger on Thursday. The survey of 80 economists based in North America and Europe was taken over the last 24 hours as each panelist was asked to reconfirm if they still held the same position, while a few who couldn't be reached last week were also polled. Trying to predict whether the Fed will hike…
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1 Confirmed Dead in California Wildfires

Authorities in California say an elderly disabled woman has been killed in one of two massive wildfires in the northern part of the state that have overwhelmed firefighters with their speed and intensity. The body of 72-year-old Barbara McWilliams, who suffered from advanced multiple sclerosis, was discovered in the rubble of her home near California's world-famous Napa Valley winemaking region.  Firefighters dispatched to rescue McWilliams could not reach her house because the neighborhood was engulfed in flames. The fire which has been dubbed the Valley fire, has destroyed 400 homes and and over 24,000 hectares of land since erupting last…
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