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As Trump Visits UN, New York Prepares for ‘Super Bowl’ of Security

September 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on As Trump Visits UN, New York Prepares for ‘Super Bowl’ of Security 

TrumpUN2A219608-EED1-4C8D-B25E-37A18BAD0A29_cx0_cy6_cw0_w1023_r1_sVOA – New York police and a host of federal agencies are preparing for the annual traffic and security nightmare known as the United Nations General Assembly, featuring a week of speeches by U.S. President Donald Trump and a parade of other dignitaries. The meeting of the world’s top leaders and diplomats, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, will bring street closures, thousands of police officers and hundreds of protesters to midtown Manhattan, an area already plagued with gridlock on an average weekday. “It’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl of security,” said J. Peter Donald, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.

Passions Run High as Confederate Monuments Are Removed

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In Times of Disaster, Some Businesses Rise to the Occasion

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Jim McIngvale was standing in the parking lot of Gallery Furniture, greeting drivers and directing cars as they trickled in one sunny afternoon. It had been a week and a half since his local furniture store chain opened the doors to its showrooms and offered shelter to hundreds of Houstonians during Hurricane Harvey. Everyone had since relocated to other shelters, but McIngvale and his employees remained in disaster-relief mode as a long line of men, women and children snaked across the parking lot. On this day, drinking water, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing and free pizza were being handed out.

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US Military Readying a More Aggressive Approach Against Iran

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Is US Losing a Key Part of the War on Terror?

September 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Is US Losing a Key Part of the War on Terror? 

Wartrumpweb086F8972-2DBC-452A-A994-3807DC0354FA_cx0_cy3_cw0_w1023_r1_sVOA – Sixteen years after the United States launched its war on terror, there are nagging concerns that aspects of the war have not gone well. And when it comes to the battle of ideas, some experts and officials fear the U.S. may be losing. “There is an element to killing the jihadists, so they can’t kill us,” said Congressman Michael McCaul, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. “We have been able to stop and prevent a lot of [terror] plots from happening in the United States.” “But there’s also an element that drone strikes alone can’t win a war of ideology,” McCaul added. Current and former U.S. officials say the failure to counter narratives that help fuel groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State is not due to a lack of effort. But so far, they admit, the results have not been good.
 

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US Justice Department Set to Appeal Travel Ban Ruling to Supreme Court

September 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Justice Department Set to Appeal Travel Ban Ruling to Supreme Court 

The Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, as Senate Republicans work to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  The Capitol is framed amid the columns of the Supreme Court building in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, as Senate Republicans work to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, as Senate Republicans work to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Capitol is framed amid the columns of the Supreme Court building in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, as Senate Republicans work to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to appeal the latest travel ban court ruling to the Supreme Court. According to a Justice Department official, the agency plans to ask the high court to weigh in on an appeals court ruling that says grandparents and cousins are close enough relatives to constitute an exemption from the Trump administration’s travel order. The court also said that refugees accepted by a resettlement agency should be allowed to travel to the United States. “The Supreme Court has stepped in to correct these lower courts before, and we will now return to the Supreme Court to vindicate the executive branch’s duty to protect the nation,” a Justice Department spokesperson told reporters.

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Frustration Mounts Over Premiums for Individual Health Plans

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‘Journey to the Maid of the Mist’: Immigrants and the Great American Road Trip

September 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Journey to the Maid of the Mist’: Immigrants and the Great American Road Trip 

Approaching dusk, a Vietnamese family of 12 from Pennsylvania scrambles to move from their two minivans in Parking Lot 1 to the America’s Niagara Falls before nightfall. Dipendra Chhantyal, the dad in charge of family operations, is frantic. “Which way to the falls?” he said. “One-two-three-four …” he counts heads; two boys in matching Gap tees, three infants in strollers. His in-laws stick together as he orchestrates a family portrait with a stranger. Then onward to America’s oldest state park. “It was a long drive,” he said, exasperated. “The elders, they are new to the country right now, so [I’m] just trying to make them spend some quality time.”
 

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US: Diplomats Still Being Injured in Cuba

September 2, 2017 by · Comments Off on US: Diplomats Still Being Injured in Cuba 

Cubaweb5ED6BC46-84A7-4338-B24D-80365AB9E873_w1023_r1_sVOA – Mysterious health attacks on the American diplomatic community in Cuba continued as recently as August, the United States said Friday, despite earlier U.S. assessments that the attacks had long stopped. The U.S. increased its tally of government personnel affected to 19. The new U.S. disclosures came the same day that the union representing American diplomats said mild traumatic brain injury was among the diagnoses given to diplomats victimized in the attacks. In the most detailed account of the symptoms to date, the American Foreign Service Association said permanent hearing loss was another diagnosis, and that additional symptoms had included brain swelling, severe headaches, loss of balance and “cognitive disruption.”

The Fijian villages that require approval to enter

August 31, 2017 by · Comments Off on The Fijian villages that require approval to enter 

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