13 Killed in California Tour Bus Crash

A tour bus traveling along a California highway slammed into a tractor-trailer early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring at least 31 others. The bus, operated by USA Holiday, was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino in Thermal,
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Strong Emotions Among Supporters and Candidates During Final Debate

VOA The clash between Republicans and Democrats began even before the start of Wednesday's final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 built a wall of taco trucks to protest the wall that Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S./Mexico border. “We (more...)

‘Monster’ Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Florida After Killing 283 in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew is being called "a monster" and truly the proverbial "storm of the century" as it heads toward Florida's east coast. Matthew has already left hundreds dead in the Caribbean, including at least 283 on Haiti. As of late Thursday, Matthew was pounding the western end of Grand Bahama Island and (more...)

Cartoon Frog Called ‘Hate Symbol’

A cartoon depiction of a sad frog that has become a popular Internet "meme" is now considered a hate symbol. The Anti-Defamation League said "Pepe the Frog" has been appropriated to express racist views on the Internet. Pepe, who was created by Matt Furie, first appeared online around 2005, (more...)

Monday’s Trump-Clinton Debate Could be Defining Moment in Presidential Campaign

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It could be the defining moment of the 2016 campaign. Monday’s first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump may draw, by some estimates, 100 million viewers, who will be able to take the measure of the candidates for the first time on the same stage (more...)

Kremlin Reportedly Planning to Revive KGB-style Security Behemoth

The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that before the next presidential election, scheduled for March 2018, the Kremlin plans to create a gigantic new ministry that will absorb most of Russia’s existing security agencies. According to Kommersant’s sources, this new security behemoth will be called the Ministry (more...)

Texas Aims to Withdraw from US Refugee Resettlement Program

Texas gave notice on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from participating in the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement program, citing security concerns after failing in federal court to halt the inflow of Syrian refugees into the state. The Texas State Refugee Coordinator sent a letter to the agency, giving 120 days’ (more...)

Minnesota Mall Attacker Identified as Somali-American

The man who stabbed nine people at a mall in ((the northern U.S. state of)) Minnesota has been identified as a 22-year-old Somali-American. The leader of the Somali community in the state told VOA ((Somali service) that the suspect, who was shot and killed by police during the attack Saturday, was (more...)

New York Police Investigate ‘Intentional’ Blast that Injured 29

A loud explosion that shook the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night was "an intentional act" that injured 29 people, according to New York authorities. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared the explosion outside 131 West 23rd Street was deliberate, speaking to reporters on the street near the scene of the (more...)

Son of Russian Lawmaker Convicted of Fraud in US

VOA The son of a Russian lawmaker was found guilty in the United States on charges of organizing a global hacking ring, in what a prosecutor called one of the most prolific credit card trafficking schemes in history. Roman Seleznev, son of Russian lawmaker and Vladimir Putin ally Valery Seleznev, was
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Earthquake Hits Central Italy, at Least 73 Dead

VOA A strong earthquake shook central Italy just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday causing extensive damage to three cities near the epicenter and killing at least 73 people, including children, according to unofficial numbers given by Italian media. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2 with an epicenter about 10 kilometers (more...)

Former Soviet Citizens Mull Failed Hard-line Coup, a Quarter Century Later

VOA Twenty-five years ago, on August 19, 1991, a hard-line group calling itself the State Committee for the State of Emergency (known by its Russian acronym GKChP) announced that it was removing the Soviet Union’s reformist president, Mikhail Gorbachev, from power and taking control of the country. The GKChP’s goals were to (more...)

Trump, Clinton Vie for Votes in Battleground Pennsylvania

Will they decide to "make America great again" or are they with her? Voters in this predominantly white, working-class city of 77,000, set in a region buffeted by manufacturing losses, might readily align this November with presidential nominee Donald Trump for the Republican’s protectionist stance on trade. Or, (more...)

Milwaukee Sees Second Night of Unrest After Police Shooting

VOA The northern U.S. city of Milwaukee saw a second night of unrest Sunday with police in riot gear confronting a group of people protesting the killing of a black man by police. The Milwaukee Police Department said one person was shot during the protests and that they used an armored vehicle (more...)

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote for Harambe

VOA News Americans are not exactly thrilled at the choice between Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with voters having unfavorable views of both in recent opinion polls. In fact, five percent say they’d rather vote for a dead gorilla, according to a new survey from (more...)

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