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Steady Rain Helps to Extinguish California Fire, Complicates Search

Steady Rain Helps to Extinguish California Fire, Complicates Search

Steady rain in Northern California has helped to extinguish the state’s deadliest wildfire, but it is complicating efforts to search for remains of victims.A downpour Friday turned much of the ash

US climate change report warns of severe damage to health, economy

Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday
Senior Cleric, US Soldier Killed in Separate Incidents in Afghanistan

Senior Cleric, US Soldier Killed in Separate Incidents in Afghanistan

Authorities in Afghanistan say unknown gunmen assassinated a top Islamic cleric Saturday in Kabul, while anti-insurgency operations elsewhere in the volatile country killed an American service member
New Statue of Liberty Museum Dedicated to Protecting Liberty

New Statue of Liberty Museum Dedicated to Protecting Liberty

With unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, a new 2,400-square-meter (26,000-square-foot) museum celebrating the statue's legacy is set to open in 2019. VOA's Ramon Taylor takes a
New Statue of Liberty Museum Honors the Immigrant Experience

New Statue of Liberty Museum Honors the Immigrant Experience

It was a monumental task: design a museum beside Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World,” in honor of her enduring legacy — and to accommodate 4.5 million annual
AP Interview: Saudi Royal Says Crown Prince is Here to Stay

AP Interview: Saudi Royal Says Crown Prince is Here to Stay

A prominent Saudi royal said Saturday that whether or not heads of state gathered in Argentina next week for the Group of 20 summit warmly engage with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he is someone
Fires, Floods and Other Disasters Await New Governors

Fires, Floods and Other Disasters Await New Governors

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their
US Says Credible 'Terrorist' Threat Against Facilities in Congo

US Says Credible 'Terrorist' Threat Against Facilities in Congo

The U.S. embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that it had received "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. government facilities" in the
White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario'

White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario'

The Trump administration is downplaying the significance of a report issued Friday that included dire predictions about the impact of climate change in the U.S. The White House said the study was
Incoming Mexico Government: No Deal to Host US Asylum-Seekers

Incoming Mexico Government: No Deal to Host US Asylum-Seekers

Mexico's incoming government denied a report Saturday that it planned to allow asylum seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts, one of several options the
Memos to Nobody: Inside the Work of a Neglected Fed Agency

Memos to Nobody: Inside the Work of a Neglected Fed Agency

Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning and unlocks the door to his office suite. He switches on the lights and the TV news, brews a pot of coffee and pulls out the first files of the day to
Global Catholic Nuns Urge Reporting of Sex Abuse to Police

Global Catholic Nuns Urge Reporting of Sex Abuse to Police

The Catholic Church's global organization of nuns has denounced the "culture of silence and secrecy'' surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the
Fights, Escape Attempts, Harm: Migrant Kids Struggle in Facilities

Fights, Escape Attempts, Harm: Migrant Kids Struggle in Facilities

In one government facility for immigrant youths, a 20-year-old woman who had lied that she was 17 sneaked a needle out of a sewing class and used it to cut herself.In another, cameras captured a boy
Police: Man Killed by Officer Was Not Mall Gunman

Police: Man Killed by Officer Was Not Mall Gunman

Protesters on Saturday marched through an Alabama shopping mall where police killed a black man they later acknowledged was not the gunman in a Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded two people.An
California Wildfire Toll Rises to 85 With 475 Missing

California Wildfire Toll Rises to 85 With 475 Missing

Teams searching for remains from the deadliest wildfire in California history were able to comb through wreckage in dry weather Saturday, but rains are expected to return next week and officials
Washington's Women's Museum Opens Exhibit of Award Winning Fashion Brand

Washington's Women's Museum Opens Exhibit of Award Winning Fashion Brand

Washington's National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world that showcases creations made exclusively by women. But in the three decades since it first opened, the museum has
San Francisco Tries to Deter Suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Tries to Deter Suicides on Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a famed tourist attraction and, to many, even one of the so-called "Seven Wonders of The Modern World." But to some, it serves as a dark path, a way to end
Russia-Western Geopolitical Rivalry Returns to the Balkans

Russia-Western Geopolitical Rivalry Returns to the Balkans

The Balkans are once again attracting the interest of outside powers. But some of them appear to see the region more as a pawn in a geopolitical chess game. Jamie Dettmer reports for VOA News from
Many in Rural US Find Fewer Maternity Care Options

Many in Rural US Find Fewer Maternity Care Options

For decades, Americans have migrated toward urban areas seeking opportunities, emptying out large swaths of countryside. In their wake, they have left shrinking communities that struggle to support
Police find area where Christian missionary was killed by tribe on isolated island

Police find area where Christian missionary was killed by tribe on isolated island

John Allen Chau was shot to death with arrows by islanders who then buried his body on a beach on North Sentinel Island, officers said.