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Use of the Internet and Smartphones is No Longer on the Rise in America

For years, the number of Americans who have reported using the internet, social media, and smartphones has been on a meteoric rise. But that rate has slowed to a near-stall. From a report: New data
Pentagon Cancels Talks With China Amid Rising Tensions

Pentagon Cancels Talks With China Amid Rising Tensions

The Pentagon has canceled plans for U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to visit China after his counterpart in Beijing could not be made available, a U.S. defense official told VOA on Monday.The trip
Trump Says US 'Knocking Out' Bump Stocks as Justice Department Nears Ban

Trump Says US 'Knocking Out' Bump Stocks as Justice Department Nears Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump said on the anniversary of the 2017 Las Vegas deadly shooting that his administration is close to finalizing a regulation that would ban bump stocks, a device that can
Trump: FBI Should 'Interview Anyone They Want' in Kavanaugh Investigation

Trump: FBI Should 'Interview Anyone They Want' in Kavanaugh Investigation

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he believes the FBI should do "what they have to do to get to the answer" in their investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court
Eclipsed by Kavanaugh Fight, Divided US Top Court Opens New Term

Eclipsed by Kavanaugh Fight, Divided US Top Court Opens New Term

The short-handed U.S. Supreme Court launched its new term Monday, with the legal arguments in its stately courtroom overshadowed by the harsh fight over President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett
In Chicago, Can Art Unite a Deeply Divided Neighborhood?

In Chicago, Can Art Unite a Deeply Divided Neighborhood?

Charlie Branda is not an artist. When she opened an art studio on a stretch of asphalt known as Sedgwick Street, the 53-year-old mom and former commercial banker simply wanted to get to know her
Flake Stokes Presidential Speculation as Court Debate Rages

Flake Stokes Presidential Speculation as Court Debate Rages

The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive Supreme Court debate vowed Monday to ensure the FBI does "a real investigation" into President Donald Trump's nominee as he
North Dakota Officials Tell Tribes of Election Requirements

North Dakota Officials Tell Tribes of Election Requirements

North Dakota is going ahead with requiring residents to provide a street address in order to vote on Election Day, even though some American Indian tribes have argued in federal court that they
US Starts Training Turkish Troops for Joint Syria Patrols

US Starts Training Turkish Troops for Joint Syria Patrols

The U.S. has now begun training Turkish troops, marking the final step before the two countries begin conducting joint patrols likely later this month around the strategic northern Syrian city of
What to Know About FBI Probe of Brett Kavanaugh

What to Know About FBI Probe of Brett Kavanaugh

Why is the FBI conducting the probe?All presidential appointees undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check -- called a Special Inquiry (SPIN) -- before their names are sent to
Trump Awards Medal to Soldier for Heroic Action in Afghanistan

Trump Awards Medal to Soldier for Heroic Action in Afghanistan

A former Army medic who received the nation's highest military honor Monday for braving heavy gunfire to save lives in Afghanistan was rejected by the military the first time he tried to enlist."Boy

Use of Internet, Social Media and Digital Devices Plateaus In US, Pew Research Center Finds

A new analysis from the Pew Research Center finds that "the share of Americans who go online, use social media or own key devices has remained stable the past two years." From the report: The share
Trump Hits Brazil, India Commerce After Clinching N. American Trade Deal

Trump Hits Brazil, India Commerce After Clinching N. American Trade Deal

Fresh from clinching an updated North American commerce pact, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Indian and Brazilian trade tactics, describing the latter as being "maybe the toughest in
Obama Backs More Than 200 Democrats Ahead of Midterms

Obama Backs More Than 200 Democrats Ahead of Midterms

Former President Barack Obama is expanding his influence ahead of November's midterm elections. On Monday, he released a second slate of endorsements for Democrats running for offices ranging from
Pew Survey: America's Image Worsens Under Trump

Pew Survey: America's Image Worsens Under Trump

The image of the United States has deteriorated further among its traditional allies after a year in which President Donald Trump ratcheted up his verbal attacks on countries like Canada and Germany,
Trump Rallies in Tennessee to Boost Senate Hopeful Blackburn

Trump Rallies in Tennessee to Boost Senate Hopeful Blackburn

President Donald Trump is back in Tennessee, trying to push U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid over the finish line. Trump headlined a high-dollar, closed-door fundraiser for Blackburn in Johnson
How NAFTA 2.0 Will Shake Up Business as Usual

How NAFTA 2.0 Will Shake Up Business as Usual

American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers
Kavanaugh Battle Intensifies Midterm Campaign

Kavanaugh Battle Intensifies Midterm Campaign

In five weeks, U.S. voters head to the polls to elect a new Congress and the outcome will have a profound impact on the next two years of Donald Trump’s presidency.Intensity is building for the Nov. 6
Kavanaugh Nomination Puts US Senate to the Test

Kavanaugh Nomination Puts US Senate to the Test

A basic function of America’s constitutional system, filling a Supreme Court vacancy, has been thrown into chaos following accusations of sexual misconduct against nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the
American, French, Canadian Scientists Get Nobel Physics Prize

American, French, Canadian Scientists Get Nobel Physics Prize

The 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to Arthur Ashkin of the United States, France's Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland of Canada for their "groundbreaking inventions in the field of