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US, Japan Working Toward Free-trade Agreement

US, Japan Working Toward Free-trade Agreement

The United States and Japan have agreed to begin negotiations on a bilateral free-trade agreement, reducing the prospect that Washington might impose tariffs against another trading partner.“We’ve
Congress Approves, Sends to Trump Bill to Avert Shutdown

Congress Approves, Sends to Trump Bill to Avert Shutdown

Congress has approved a bill keeping the government open through Dec. 7, as lawmakers move to avert a government shutdown looming next week.The $854 billion bill also funds the military and a host of
US House Approves $1.7 Billion in Disaster Aid for Carolinas

US House Approves $1.7 Billion in Disaster Aid for Carolinas

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters.The aid was added to

A ’68 Beetle With An Artful Twist

“Every car I’ve owned has been lowered as far as possible.” With those few words, I knew that Connor Surdi and myself were of similar mind. Appreciating a car lowered well past functional benefit is
Trump says 'may change mind' on Kavanaugh ahead of Senate hearing

Trump says 'may change mind' on Kavanaugh ahead of Senate hearing

US President Donald Trump praised his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday but said he would be open to withdrawing his nomination if he finds sexual assault allegations against him to be
Trump Defends Kavanaugh in Wake of Additional Allegations

Trump Defends Kavanaugh in Wake of Additional Allegations

Thursday promises to be a day of high political drama in Washington. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with Christine Blasey Ford, who has
Trump Says Will Meet North Korea's Kim 'In Very Near Future'

Trump Says Will Meet North Korea's Kim 'In Very Near Future'

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration is planning a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and will announce details soon."I'll be meeting with Chairman Kim in the
UN Court Asked to Probe Venezuela; Maduro Defiant

UN Court Asked to Probe Venezuela; Maduro Defiant

Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.’s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made
Trump Accuses China of Meddling in US Elections

Trump Accuses China of Meddling in US Elections

In a wide-ranging news conference, President Donald Trump railed against the Iran nuclear deal and accused China of meddling in U.S. elections. Mike O'Sullivan reports, Trump spoke Wednesday in New
Life in America's Northernmost Observatory: Tracking Climate Change, Learning Inupiaq

Life in America's Northernmost Observatory: Tracking Climate Change, Learning Inupiaq

An observatory in Barrow, Alaska, the most northerly astronomical outpost in the U.S., has become a key scientific instrument in studying climate change. Established in 1973, the Barrow Observatory is
US Congressional Panel Considers Ways to Respond to Rohingya Crisis

US Congressional Panel Considers Ways to Respond to Rohingya Crisis

VOA's Greta Van Susteren told a congressional panel Tuesday that Rohingya refugees are vulnerable to human trafficking, exploitation and violent extremism. Van Susteren and Stephen Pomper, U.S.
Blind Kurdish Musician Experiences Life in US Through His Music

Blind Kurdish Musician Experiences Life in US Through His Music

The late reggae legend Bob Marley once sang: "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." For a young Kurdish immigrant living in San Diego, Marley's observation rings true. Blind
Trump: New Sanctions Will Force Iran Back to Nuclear Talks

Trump: New Sanctions Will Force Iran Back to Nuclear Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump said “Iran has to come back and they have to talk” if it wants to avoid a new round of economic sanctions.Speaking to reporters in New York Wednesday, the president
Trump Press Conference: From George Washington to Elton John

Trump Press Conference: From George Washington to Elton John

U.S. President Donald Trump strode up to the lectern and took stock of the world’s press in a five-star New York hotel.“This is quite a gathering. Wow!” he crowed.And so began 1 hour and 22 minutes
Pied Piper of New York summons raccoons with his Native American flute

Pied Piper of New York summons raccoons with his Native American flute

The mesmerised animals are bizarrely powerless to resist the man's flute skills.

The Journey South With MustangKyle Continues

If you read my last story, you’ll already know that earlier this week Kyle Scaife, AKA mustangkyle, and I headed out on a 1,100 kilometer road trip from Toronto in Ontario, Canada to Ocean City,
Kavanaugh, Ford in High Stakes Senate Testimony

Kavanaugh, Ford in High Stakes Senate Testimony

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when both were teenagers are testifying Thursday at a Senate hearing that could determine the balance
Art for Everyone

Art for Everyone

Earlier this year, two artists in Leesburg, Virginia, founded an art space where they could work and teach other art lovers as well. Part retail business, part studio, Clay and Metal Loft helps
Chinese Media: Trump Election Allegations 'Crazy Talk,' 'Creative Strategy'

Chinese Media: Trump Election Allegations 'Crazy Talk,' 'Creative Strategy'

China has rejected accusations from President Donald Trump that Beijing is meddling in the upcoming U.S. elections, with some Chinese media calling the suggestion “crazy talk” and others noting the
The Best Rochester, NY Travel Tips From Our Readers

The Best Rochester, NY Travel Tips From Our Readers

Wow, I really wasn’t expecting so many tips on my hometown of Rochester. We Rochesterians are used to losing: bids for the Olympics, Kodak and Xerox jobs, our area code to those jerkoffs in Buffalo.