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Authorization to Fight IS Group Still Divides Congress

Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL —In this special report from Capitol Hill, VOA's Senate correspondent spoke with multiple lawmakers about a weighty issue before Congress: authorizing the fight against the Islamic State with the announced deployment of special forces on the ground in Syria, lawmakers remain sharply divided about the need for and wisdom of former congressional authorization of the use of military force against Islamic State. “We need a new AUMF , we really do,” said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “I don’t think you need another AUMF, because we already have one,” said Republican Senator James Inhofe…
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Los Reales buscan liquidar la Serie Mundial en Nueva York

El duelo del viernes en Nueva York enfrentará a dos de los lanzadores de mayor velocidad en las mayores: el novato Noah Syndergaard de los Mets contra el dominicano Yordano Ventura de los Reales. Voz de América  Salvador Pérez, Alcides Escobar y demás compañeros de los Reales de Kansas City tienen grabada en la memoria la secuencia de la Serie Mundial del año pasado, así que el haber sacado una ventaja 2-0 sobre los Mets de Nueva York no les da tranquilidad. Los antecedentes favorecen a los Reales. 41 de los 51 equipos que arrancaron adelante 2-0 con el formato…
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Incidente en avión con destino Venezuela

El motor de un avión con destino a Venezuela se incendió en la pista del aeropuerto de Fort Lauderdale antes de despegar. El motor del avión de la compañía estadounidense Dynamic Airways que debía partir con destino a Caracas, se incendió en el aeropuerto internacional de Fort Lauderdale, al norte de Miami. El incendio, en uno de sus motores se produjo cuando la nave se dirigía a la pista de despegue. No hay víctimas fatales, pero según algunos medios locales hay varios heridos. El avión, un modelo Boeing 767, con capacidad para transportar entre 181 y 290 pasajeros, tenía previsto…
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Police officer fired after violent arrest of black teen at school

The white sheriff’s deputy caught on video flipping a black high school student out of her classroom chair in Columbia, South Carolina, has been fired, a sheriff said on Wednesday. Deputy Ben Fields violated agency policy when he picked up the teenage girl and threw her across a classroom as he attempted to make an arrest, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told a news conference. “That is not a proper technique and should not be used by law enforcement,” Lott said. Videos filmed by students showed Fields, 34, slam a 16-year-old girl to the ground and drag her across a…
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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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