WHO Convenes Zika Virus Emergency Meeting

VOA Lisa Schlein The World Health Organization has convened a meeting of researchers and health officials to determine whether the Zika virus should be declared a global health emergency. The WHO predicts the virus, which may be linked to neurological disorders
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Snow Blower Safety Tips: Keep Best Practices In Mind This Winter

With winter snows arriving, homeowners, contractors, and business owners will again rely on their snow blowers to clear driveways and walks. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow blowers. “Your indispensable winter friend, the snow blower is ready to be powered up (more...)

Poll: Americans’ Knowledge of Government, History in ‘Crisis’

VOA News Many people who live in the United States are “alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage,” according to a new poll. The poll found, for example, that 10 percent of American college graduates incorrectly think celebrity television judge Judith Sheindlin, known as “Judge Judy,” is a member of the U.S. (more...)

Zuckerberg Makes $45 Billion Charity Pledge to Baby Daughter

VOA News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan introduced their new baby daughter to the world Tuesday along with a $45 billion initiative to improve the lives of those in her generation and those that follow. Presented as a letter to Max, who was born last week, Zuckerberg and (more...)

Americans Give Thanks with Feasting, Holiday Shopping

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama reminded Americans that Thanksgiving is about more than shopping. The holiday, he said, is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry.'' VOA News This year's holiday shopping season in the U.S. got off to a brisk start as (more...)

The HIAS Pennsylvania Family Celebrates Thanksgiving November 22

It’s that time of year again – on Sunday, November 22, the HIAS Pennsylvania family will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, Burmese curries, Eritrean stews and so much more. Back for the 7th year, Refugee Thanksgiving will take place from 2pm to 5pm (more...)

Making Holidays Bright – And Affordable

By Nathaniel Sillin Already dreading what you'll spend this holiday season? It doesn't have to be that way. Gifts aren't the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out. Financial advisors (more...)

Quincy, the Most Patriotic City in America

Philadelphia may bristle at the suggestion. But a resolution before the Massachusetts General Court proclaims Quincy, Mass. the Most Patriotic City in America, citing a uniquely powerful list of historic landmarks and contributions to American history from the 1700s through today. Among other reasons Quincy trumps Philly: Quincy native son (more...)

In Philadelphia, Pope Concentrates on Family

VOA News Pope Francis this week has met in Washington and New York with the world’s most powerful leaders, pressing them to care for the environment and the poor. Now, on the third and final stop of his historic U.S. visit, the pontiff is giving his full attention to what (more...)

Pope Presides Over Prayer Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

When the motorcade stopped at the cathedral where throngs cheered and yelled greetings at the pontiff, who shook hands with people, and met with assembled New York brass as he made his way into the vast and grand cathedral that recently underwent a $177-million renovation. Three days into his historic first (more...)

Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy

The Mobile Food Movement Flourishes In Many City Neighborhoods Via Classic, Casual & Contemporary Cuisine The Sugar Philly vehicle, named Sheila, once served as a mobile post office in front of the World Trade Center in New York. Today, the patisserie on wheels dishes out sweet treats all over Philadelphia, keeping fans updated with its changing location via Twitter. Credit: (more...)

7 Dead, Scores Sick in NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

VOA News New York's largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed seven people and infected 86 others as the city moved Tuesday to draw up new legislation to halt future outbreaks. It is the largest appearance of the disease in New York City that health officials are aware of, said Health (more...)

On its 50th Anniversary, More Than 55 Million Americans Covered by Medicare

New Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers As Medicare and Medicaid celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered (more...)

Gallaudet University: Widening Horizons for the Deaf

Gallaudet University is a unique learning community made up of some 1,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students who are all deaf or hard of hearing. It is the only higher education institution in the world where all programs and services are specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. All courses (more...)

Millions Mark First International Yoga Day

VOA News Millions of people around the world have taken part in a global event honoring Yoga, an ancient practice they say brings them health, happiness and peace. Sunday was the first ever International Day of Yoga, as proclaimed by the United Nations last year. Thousands brought their mats to New York City's (more...)

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