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Health Officials: Ebola Unlikely to Spread in Dallas

DALLAS, TEXAS—Doctors in Dallas, Texas say the first person ever diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States remains in serious, but stable condition, as health officials monitor family members and others who had contact with him after he arrived from Liberia.  Officials say around 100 people may have had contact with the infected man while he was contagious. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital here in Dallas last Sunday, is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. For a few days before that, he was with…
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Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. They are hard-wired into a home's electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in…
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US, Russia to Discuss Alleged Nuclear Treaty Violations

STATE DEPARTMENT—The State Department is leading a delegation that will meet with Russian officials in Moscow Thursday to discuss Russia's alleged violation of provisions in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces United States says Russia has conducted tests involving ground-based intermediate-range missiles. The move would violate provisions of the 1987 INF Treaty, which is considered the cornerstone of the nuclear disarmament agreement. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the is going to make every effort to resolve concerns and ensure the continued viability of the treaty. “The goal, of course, is for Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under…
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Obama’s IS Strategy Gets Mixed Reaction

President Barack Obama's proposed strategy for an expanded military effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has drawn a mixed reaction from congressional lawmakers. Obama announced his plan late Wednesday in a nationally televised speech and urged Congress to support the mission against the group, which had previously been known as ISIL or ISIS.    Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told VOA he and many other Republicans believe the president waited too long to take action.   "The unfortunate thing is that in waiting for the last seven months, ISIL has been able…
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US Marks 13th Anniversary of September 11 Terror Attacks

President Barack Obama will take part in two somber ceremonies Thursday marking the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, will lead a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at the moment the first hijacked passenger jet crashed into one of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center. President and Mrs. Obama will later attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, the military headquarters, where hundreds were killed after a third hijacked jetliner crashed into the…
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U.S. may have identified man in execution video

law enforcement officials believe they may have identified the masked man seen in the ISIS video of the killing of American journalist James Foley, two officials told CNN. "They have a pretty good idea of who it may be," a official said. But the official cautioned that "it's not 100% yet." Neither official, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity, was willing to identify the suspect, citing the ongoing investigation. The official said, "We've been using all means to identify the person." That includes voice analysis and analyzing metadata from the video as well as other methods, according…
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This Day In History

This Day in History: Sep 9, 1776 – Congress renames the nation “United States of America”

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the "United States" of America. This replaced the term "United Colonies," which had been in general use. In the Congressional declaration dated September 9, 1776, the delegates wrote, "That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words 'United Colonies' have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the "United States." A resolution by Richard Henry Lee, which had been presented to Congress on June 7 and approved on July 2, 1776, issued the resolve, "That these…
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Obama Plans Prime Time Speech on Islamic State Threat

President Barack Obama is planning a prime time television speech Wednesday about his plan to combat the advance of Islamic State militants in the Mideast. The White House said the president will discuss the threat posed by the insurgents and his plan for "degrading and ultimately destroying" the Islamic State. Obama met Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry about his military options, including whether to expand airstrikes on the insurgents' strongholds from Iraq to Syria.  The president has already ruled out the use of American ground troops. Growing public support Public opinion surveys have shown growing support in the…
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Michael Bloomberg Aims Against the NRA

Michael Bloomberg, 72, who left his post as Mayor of New York last January wants to stand up to one of the most powerful conservative institutions in the country, the National Rifle Association(NRA). Bloomberg, owner of one of the biggest fortunes of in the US, will invest 50 million dollars in pressuring politicians and convince voters of the need to limit access to firearms, as stated in an interview to the New York Times. He will do so through an organization level citizen who will try to counter the influence of the NRA. The initiative has the name of Everytown for Gun Safety and will have women…
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Today In History: April 17 1961

An army of 1400 Cuban exiles opposed to Castro, recruited, trained and financed in secret by the United States, invaded their country in the Bay of Pigs. US President John F. Kennedy, annoyed by the two years of Communist regime in Cuba, approved the invasion but, at the last moment, refused to order air support when the operation appeared to be doomed to failure. Within a period of three days, the invasion forces, abandoned by Kennedy and the American military, were forced to surrender to the Communists. About 100 Cuban exiles were killed in the fight. The disastrous operation was a huge humiliation for…
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