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As Summit Looms, North Korean Media Return to Angry Tone

(VOA): North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger. State media unleashed three strongly worded commentaries slamming Seoul and Washington for the maneuvers..

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Pompeo: US Working to Bring Home US Hostages from Iran

(VOA): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday to bring home American hostages in Iran, saying “the entire United States government” is working “diligently” and is utilizing “every avenue” and “mechanism.”  “I mentioned a handful of names yesterday. There are..

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New Eruptions in Hawaii Send Lava Closer to Power Plant

(VOA): Workers raced Tuesday to cap wells at a geothermal plant threatened by lava pouring from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano. The lava flow entered the 800-acre (330-hectare) property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant on Monday and destroyed a warehouse, but stalled about 300 yards..

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Russia Pushes Bill to Counter US Sanctions

(VOA): Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has approved a counter-sanctions bill aimed at imposing what lawmakers say are "painful" trade restrictions on the United States and other states they call "unfriendly." In its third and final reading Tuesday, lawmakers..

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Presidential Speechwriter Richard Goodwin Remembered

(VOA): Former Democratic presidents remembered Richard Goodwin on Tuesday, a political strategist and speechwriter for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, who died of cancer at age 86. "Dick Goodwin was a citizen in the truest sense of the word — someone who, with joy and..

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Texas Mulls School Safety Days After Mass Shooting

(VOA): Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to begin a three-day series of discussions with educators and law enforcement officials on improving school safety on Tuesday, days after a teenager killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school. Abbott will meet with two dozen people, including..

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StoryCorps: John and Joe

(VOA): A retired New York City firefighter talks about his two sons who followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, the brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving..

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Florida City Sends Alert About Power Outage, Zombies

(VOA): Residents of a Florida city were alerted earlier this week about a power outage, as well as zombies. The city of Lake Worth sent out a message on social media that read, "Power outage and zombie alert for the residents of Lake Worth and Terminus. There are now far less than seven..

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Trump Praises New, Berates Former CIA Director

(VOA): Former CIA officer Gina Haspel has become the first woman to head the U.S. spy agency after a swearing-in ceremony Monday. Haspel has overcome the criticism by lawmakers of both parties for her involvement in the torture of terror suspects after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on..

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Commemorative Coin Struck for Trump-Kim Summit

(VOA): A commemorative coin featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of their planned summit next month. In a statement, deputy spokesman Raj Shah insisted that "the White House did not have any..

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Trump-Kim Summit Coin Rings Hollow for Some

(VOA): A special White House coin commemorating the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ringing hollow for some but already is deemed a desirable item for collectors.  The colorful coin features images of a hirsute-headed Trump face to..

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Watchdog Report to Fault FBI for Clinton Probe Delay

(VOA): An upcoming report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the findings. The FBI’s..

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Trump Steps Up Attacks on Russia Probe

(VOA): The U.S. Department of Justice is expanding an internal probe into whether there was any political motivation when the FBI first began investigating Russian meddling in 2016 during the presidential election. President Trump met with top Justice Department officials Monday following his..

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US Officials Warn Congress on Election Hacking Threats

(VOA): Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states. At a briefing attended by 40 or more..

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