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Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas Says Team Doctor Abused Her

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:09
Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas says she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor. Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and a three-time gold medalist, wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday night that she waited so long to reveal the abuse by Larry Nassar because she was part of a group "conditioned to stay silent.'' The 21-year-old Douglas is the latest high-profile gymnast to come forward against Nassar, who spent nearly two...
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Uber CEO Says Company Failed to Disclose Massive Breach in 2016

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 04:12
Uber Technologies Inc failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer said on Tuesday. Discovery of the company's handling of the incident led to the departure of two employees who led Uber's response to the incident, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who was named CEO in August following the departure of founder Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi said he had only recently...
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Suspected New York Bike Path Attacker Charged

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:59
A federal grand jury has returned a 22-count indictment against Sayfullo Saipov in the death of eight people killed during a truck attack on a bike path in New York City. The Justice Department said Saipov was indicted Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court. He is charged with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, providing and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, and violence and destruction of motor vehicles resulting in death. Saipov, an Uzbek...
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Trump Indicates Support for Moore in Alabama Senate Race

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:22
U.S. President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the former state judge "totally denies" allegations that he sexually molested underage girls years ago. "I can tell you one thing for sure: We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump told reporters at the White House. Moore's opponent in the Senate race, Democrat Doug Jones, has a record that is "terrible on crime, it's...
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US Senator: Myanmar Crisis Bears ‘All the Hallmarks’ of Ethnic Cleansing

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:14
A United States Senate delegation to Myanmar said Tuesday that the crisis in the Rakhine state "has all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing." "Many refugees have suffered direct attacks including loved ones, children and husbands being killed in front of them, wives and daughters being raped, burns and other horrific injuries. This has all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing," Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, told a press conference at the U.S. embassy in...
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CBS Fires Journalist Rose After Sex Abuse Allegations Surface

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:51
The CBS television network fired veteran newsman Charlie Rose on Tuesday, a day after an explosive Washington Post report recounted stories from eight women who said he had sexually abused them with lewd comments, groping and walking around naked in their presence. Rose, 75, was co-host of the network's CBS This Morning news and talk show, and he occasionally appeared on its 60 Minutes investigative news show. But Rose is perhaps better known for his acclaimed Charlie Rose...
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Turkey Named 'Drumstick' Is Given Presidential Pardon

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:49
President Donald Trump, just prior to beginning his Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, carried out a final pre-holiday executive action — pardoning a turkey. "Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned," the president declared in the White House Rose Garden, with his wife, Melania, and their 11-year-old son, Barron, alongside. The turkey, with a 152-centimeter (60-inch) wingspan and weighing 21 kilograms (46 pounds), gobbled when a small child cried, but otherwise remained...
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Miami Faces Future of Rising Seas

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:46
Sue Brogan's street is barely above sea level on a good day. During autumn's "king tides," when the sun and moon align to create the highest tides of the year, Biscayne Bay backs up through storm drains and flows into Brogan's street, in Miami's low-lying Shorecrest neighborhood. Roads flood. The salt water rusts cars and kills greenery. For now, it's mostly a nuisance several days a year. But Brogan knows it's only going to get...
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Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:45
Vietnamese-American entrepreneur donates $10 million to help Harvey and California flooding victims rebuild. Elizabeth Lee talks with philanthropist Kieu Hoang.
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Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:09
When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the first refugees trickled into the Los Angeles area, Helene Ross, co-founder of the Westlake Women's Club, organized the group to collect necessities and distribute them to displaced Vietnamese. Kieu Hoang accepted clothing and, later, household goods and a motorbike. In September, he gave $5 million to help Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. "I come here to thank the American people who allowed us to come to this country as a...
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Report: Weinstein Paid $1M to Accuser After 2015 Case Died

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:00
Harvey Weinstein paid $1 million to silence an Italian model who accused him of groping her in 2015 after prosecutors decided not to charge him, and in the 1990s, his brother paid other accusers from his personal bank account, a magazine reported Tuesday. Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told The New Yorker she signed a nondisclosure agreement before knowing the media mogul had a pattern of sexually harassing and abusing women. But she felt at the time pressured to sign the agreement. "I...
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US Charges Iranian National With Hacking HBO Computer Systems

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:45
U.S. prosecutors charged an Iranian with hacking into computer systems of the cable TV channel HBO earlier this year, stealing information about the hit program "Game of Thrones" and attempting to extort millions of dollars from the company. In an indictment Tuesday, prosecutors said 29-year-old Behzad Mesri has had ties to Iran's military and is a member of an Iran-based hacking group known as the Turk Black Hat security team.   Mesril's stolen material included...
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With Christmas Tree Delivered, White House to Unveil Holiday Decor Monday

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:23
Melania Trump and son Barron joined in a time-honored tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree, which will become the showstopper for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back at the center of the winter holidays. A military quartet played holiday tunes Monday as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot (5.9-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway. The first lady, wearing a red turtleneck and a coat draped over her shoulders, and...
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US Launches New Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Libya

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:18
The U.S. military has launched new airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya, officials tell VOA. U.S. Africa Command spokesperson Robyn Mack said the strikes occurred on November 17 and 19 near Fuqaha “in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).”      Another military official confirmed that several Islamic State militants were killed. “We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing them from...
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US Military: Drone Strike Kills More Than 100 Al-Shabab in Somalia

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:49
A U.S. military drone strike has killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said. Military officials told VOA that Tuesday’s strike hit an al-Shabab training camp in the country’s Bay region, about 200 kilometers northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. “It’s obvious from what we were seeing that these were militants,” AFRICOM spokesman Lieutenant Commander Anthony Falvo told VOA. The U.S. military said the strike was conducted in...
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US Seeks 'Genuine Transition' in Zimbabwe

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:36
The United States is urging Zimbabwean leaders to move the country towards a “genuine transition” and allow political space for the country's opposition and its people to determine their future.     During a small roundtable with State Department reporters late Monday, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto said the implementation of “real, genuine, economic [and] political reforms" is key to meeting the needs of Zimbabweans. The...
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More Remains of US Army Soldier Killed in Niger are Found

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:34
Additional remains of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson were found in Niger on November 12, an unnamed U.S. official said Tuesday. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed on October 4 when their convoy was ambushed as it left the village of Tongo Tongo. The official said medical examiners had verified Johnson's remains, which were found at the site where his body was recovered. Members of the U.S. Africa Command and the Niger military, who are investigating the...
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US Judge Blocks Trump Order on Sanctuary Cities

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:27
A federal judge has further blocked the Trump administration's order to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities. The move by U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco made permanent Monday his earlier ruling from April that temporarily stayed the order. Orrick agreed with plaintiffs who argued the order violates the constitution. The city and county of San Francisco and Santa Clara County filed the suit. “The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order...
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Trump, Putin Agree to Support UN in Syrian Peace Process

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:20
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Tuesday to support the U.N. effort to "peacefully resolve" the nearly seven-year-long Syrian civil war. The White House said the two leaders talked for more than an hour and stressed the importance of ending the humanitarian crisis in which millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes. Trump and Putin said the displaced Syrians should be allowed to return and "the stability of a unified...
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US Government Unveils Global Water Strategy

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:14
The U.S. government unveiled a water strategy Tuesday that is intended to expand the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation conditions for people throughout the world. "Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to human health, economic development, peace and security," the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development said in a written statement released Tuesday. The President's Global Water Strategy aims to achieve a "water-secure...
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