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Balloons, Broadway Stars and Security at Macy’s Parade

One of the nation’s biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2 miles of Manhattan with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons. Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” and Chase from the TV cartoon “Paw ...

Ending TPS for Haiti Affects Thousands of Children

Almost 60,000 Haitians have until July 2019 to return to their country from the U.S. following a decision by the Trump administration to end their temporary protected status, granted to them in the wake of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. The Center for Immigration Studies says most of them have ...

US Says It is Working with Saudis to Try to Get More Food and Aid to Yemenis

International humanitarian organizations are warning that millions of Yemenis face death by starvation because of the blockade of the war-ravaged country by the Saudi-led coalition. The United Nations says Yemen will face the largest famine the world has ever seen unless the blockade is ended and ...

US Secretary of State Calls Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar 'Ethnic Cleansing'

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the violence against the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar is "ethnic cleansing." The written statement comes after weeks of pressure from U.S. lawmakers and international human rights groups for the Trump administration to make firm its position on the ...

Report: Rep. Joe Barton Threatened Former Lover with Police

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to the U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported the threat Wednesday after Barton, a North ...

Debris Removal From Harvey Starts to Wrap Up in Texas

Residents across the Houston area are starting to wrap up the monthslong effort of removing debris created by Hurricane Harvey. Local counties and cities have been working with contractors and the Texas Transportation Department to haul away piles of trash from in front of people’s homes in the ...

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Texas law seeking to ban a commonly used abortion method, the latest in a string of court defeats to the Legislature's attempts to make getting an abortion as difficult as possible in America's second most-populous state.  Austin-based U.S. District Judge ...

Attorney General: Feds Must Do More to Keep Guns From Criminals

The U.S. Attorney General says federal agencies must do a better job of keeping track of criminals who are not supposed to be able to buy guns. On  Wednesday, Jeff Sessions ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to investigate an administrative ...

JFK Birth Centennial Ending on Assassination Anniversary

A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 21-gun salute by an honor guard will follow. ...

Vietnamese Refugee Becomes Billionaire Philanthropist in U.S.

Vietnamese refugee Kieu Hoang’s experience after arriving in the U.S. is similar to many immigrants in this country. To support his family, he worked several jobs, including delivering newspapers and working at a lab making $1.25 an hour. He worked his way up, eventually owning his own ...

Turkey Named ‘Drumstick’ Earns Presidential Pardon

President Donald Trump, just prior to beginning his Thanksgiving holiday vacation, carried out one last executive action – pardoning a turkey. VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman was in the Rose Garden for the ceremony and has this report.

With Announced Expiration of TPS, New York Haitian Community Plans Next Steps

Nearly eight years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people on the island, the Trump administration has decided to end its designated security program known as TPS, or Temporary Protected Status, which allowed nearly 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United ...

Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas Says Team Doctor Abused Her

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 ...

Uber CEO Says Company Failed to Disclose Massive Breach in 2016

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 ...

Suspected New York Bike Path Attacker Charged

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, ...

Trump Indicates Support for Moore in Alabama Senate Race

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 ...

US Senator: Myanmar Crisis Bears ‘All the Hallmarks’ of Ethnic Cleansing

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 ...

CBS Fires Journalist Rose After Sex Abuse Allegations Surface

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 ...

Turkey Named 'Drumstick' Is Given Presidential Pardon

President Donald Trump, just prior to beginning his Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, carried out a final pre-holiday executive action â€” pardoning a turkey. "Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned," the president declared in the White House Rose Garden, with his wife, Melania, and their ...

Miami Faces Future of Rising Seas

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 ...

Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

Vietnamese-American entrepreneur donates $10 million to help Harvey and California flooding victims rebuild. Elizabeth Lee talks with philanthropist Kieu Hoang.

Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

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 ...

Report: Weinstein Paid $1M to Accuser After 2015 Case Died

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 ...

With Christmas Tree Delivered, White House to Unveil Holiday Decor Monday

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 ...

Cities Adapt to Changing Terror Threat

The October terror attack in New York replicated the methods used in several recent incidents in Europe – a so-called ‘lone wolf’ using a vehicle against a soft target, in this case cyclists and pedestrians. The latest attack underlines the changing nature of the terror threat across ...

What is Temporary Protected Status

Trump Administration Puts Big-Game Trophy Hunting Decision on Hold

The Trump administration is considering whether or not to allow imports of some African elephant hunting trophies into the United States. Initial reports that the administration might lift an existing ban on these imports sparked widespread outrage, with the President tweeting on Friday that a ...

US Re-designates North Korea As State Sponsor of Terrorism

The Trump administration has announced "the maximum pressure campaign" on North Korea to get the regime of Kim Jong Un to end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development and cease all support for international terrorism. U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that in addition to tougher ...

Trump: US to Redesignate North Korea as State Sponsor of Terror

South Korea and Japan have welcomed a move by the United States to redesignate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism in order to put additional financial and diplomatic pressure on the totalitarian government. South Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday it sees the decision "as part of the ...

Tillerson Says State Department Performing Well; Critics Disagree

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rejecting criticism that his “redesign” of the 70,000-person State Department caused staff morale to plummet since the start of the Trump administration. During a meeting Monday with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, ...

President Trump Goes Radio Silent

The White House confirms the weekly presidential radio address â€” a fixture for decades — is on indefinite hiatus. "We received quite a few comments and a lot of feedback that the weekly address wasn’t being used to its full potential," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee ...

US Ending Temporary Permits for At Least 50,000 Haitians

After years of being shielded from deportation from the United States while their country recovers from a devastating 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians will lose that security status. "It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of ...

Scientists Solve the Mystery of America's Scuba-diving Fly

A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert. Research published on Monday finally ...

Miami Responds to Threat of Rising Seas

Preparing for a century of steadily higher tides is a central challenge for city officials from Boston to Bangkok. The U.S. city of Miami, Florida, and its neighbors are home to nearly 3 million people and billions of dollars of real estate development. VOA's Steve Baragona has a look at what rising ...

Report: Visa Consultations in US Consulates in Russia May Resume Soon

Visa consultations in U.S. consulates in Russia could be resumed in the near future, TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Monday. "I believe that in the near future they may be resumed," the agency quoted him as saying. "We are trying to do everything possible, ...

Presidential Pardon for Thanksgiving Turkey Has Long Tradition

The annual “pardoning” of White House turkeys each year by American presidents is an interesting tradition leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln’s clemency for a turkey was the origin for the pardoning ceremony that is now so well ...

Charles Manson, Notorious Cult Leader and Serial Killer, Dead at 83

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history, died late Sunday at the age of 83, after four and a half decades in prison. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Manson died of natural causes at a hospital in Kern County. Manson and six of his ...

Thousands March in DC for More Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico

Thousands marched in Washington, D.C., along the National Mall to the U.S. Capitol Sunday to demand more disaster aid for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Two months after Hurricane Maria tore across the island, about half of its 3.4 million population still has no electricity and others have no ...

Longtime Country Singer, Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies

Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.   A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, ...

Trump: Should Have Left 3 US Basketball Players in Chinese Jail

U.S. President Donald Trump says he should have left three college basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail there after the father of one of them said Trump played little role in their return to the United States. The three players with the University of California at Los Angeles ...

US Marine Involved in Fatal Accident in Okinawa

Police in Okinawa are investigating a fatal traffic accident, involving an elderly man and a U.S. Marine. Police say a 61-year-old man died when his vehicle and the serviceman's truck collided. Kazuhiko Miyagi of the Okinawa police confirmed that the Marine's breath test had an alcohol level three ...

FBI Report on Black 'Extremists' Raises New Monitoring Fears

An FBI report on the rise of black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups, and the report is one of many its ...

Post-Harvey Houston: Years Until Recovery, Plenty of Costs Unknown

When the heaviest rain of tropical storm Harvey had passed, Kathryn Clark’s west Houston neighborhood had escaped the worst. Then the dams were opened — a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent upstream flooding and potential dam failures by releasing water into Buffalo ...

Afghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in Afghanistan

Battered and beaten in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group is surging fighters into Afghanistan, rebuilding its presence and perhaps setting up a new base for attacks on both the West and Russia. Afghan officials tell Voice of America that Islamic State may now have as many as 3,000 ...

Post-Harvey Houston: Years Until Recovery, Unknown Costs

Looking past the initial debris cleanup from Hurricane Harvey, Houston's recovery is a day-to-day work-in-progress. With backlogs in home repair and civil construction in its evaluation phase, rebuilding the Bayou City will ultimately take years — a long haul that is likely to especially impact ...

Sexual Harassment, Other Claims in Congress Cost $17 Million Since 1997

The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money during the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress. The Office of Compliance released the numbers amid a wave of revelations of sexual ...

Tillerson: US Seeks to Unlock the Potential of a Growing African Continent

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted discussions Friday at the State Department with 37 foreign ministers or other representatives from Africa. The focus was on trade and investment, good governance and countering violent extremism.The State Department says it is looking to the future, to what ...

Kushner's Lawyer Pushes Back on US Senate Committee Request

A lawyer for White House adviser Jared Kushner pushed back Friday after a Senate committee said he had not been fully forthcoming in its probe into Russian election interference.   Lawyer Abbe Lowell said Kushner encouraged others in President Donald Trump's campaign to decline meetings with ...

Texas: Disaster Aid ‘Inadequate’; White House Replies: ‘Step Up’

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday criticized as “completely inadequate” the Trump administration’s $44 billion request to Congress for disaster relief in his hurricane-ravaged state and other areas hammered by storms. The White House shot back that Texas may want to foot ...

Trump Adds Five to List of Supreme Court Prospects

In a move certain to please conservatives, President Donald Trump on Friday added five names to his list of candidates for a prospective U.S. Supreme Court vacancy as he presses ahead with a campaign to move the federal judiciary to the right. Two of them are appellate judges who were nominated by ...