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That Bright Blue Light Over New York? Not Space Aliens

That Bright Blue Light Over New York? Not Space Aliens

A transformer explosion at an electric power substation in the New York City borough of Queens lit up the night sky with a bright blue light Thursday, mystifying some residents, but officials said no

Transformer blast lights up New York skyline — and Twitter

A transformer explosion at an electric power substation in the New York City borough of Queens lit up the night sky with a bright blue light on Thursday, mystifying some residents, but officials said
Autopsy: Guatemalan Boy Who Died in US Custody Had Flu

Autopsy: Guatemalan Boy Who Died in US Custody Had Flu

An autopsy has revealed that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy had the flu when he died while in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico.The New Mexico
Nahid Ayoub: A Woman Who Feeds Detroit's Homeless

Nahid Ayoub: A Woman Who Feeds Detroit's Homeless

U.S. Census Bureau figures show that more than one-third of the residents of Detroit, Michigan, live below the poverty line, and more than half of children younger than 18 don't have enough to eat.
Trump Puts His Stamp on ‘America First’ Foreign Policy in 2018

Trump Puts His Stamp on ‘America First’ Foreign Policy in 2018

President Donald Trump fleshed out his “America First” political doctrine in 2018 with policies aimed at shaking up institutions of the post-World War II world order. VOA’s diplomatic correspondent
Social Worker Left Surprise $11M to Children’s Charities

Social Worker Left Surprise $11M to Children’s Charities

Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long
Transformer Explosion Bathes New York Skyline in Blaze of Blue

Transformer Explosion Bathes New York Skyline in Blaze of Blue

A transformer explosion at an electrical facility illuminated the New York City skyline in a blaze of blue light Thursday night. The explosion caused scattered power outages, delayed flights and
Trump Once Again Threatens to Shut US-Mexico Border

Trump Once Again Threatens to Shut US-Mexico Border

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday once again threatened to close the entire U.S.-Mexico border and cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if Congress fails to give him money to fund the

This Has To Be The World’s Slowest, Funniest Train Crash

The driver didn't realize they stopped too close to the railway tracks until it was too late. |
Trump EPA Says Limits on Mercury Emissions from Coal Plants Not Necessary

Trump EPA Says Limits on Mercury Emissions from Coal Plants Not Necessary

The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were no longer necessary as their costs outweighed the benefits, a move environmentalists said was
Rights Activists Fear China's Human Rights Record Will Deteriorate

Rights Activists Fear China's Human Rights Record Will Deteriorate

In China, 2018 has been a year that rights defenders worldwide say was extremely repressive, particularly when it comes to religious persecution.China's communist party leadership has strongly
50th-Anniversary Woodstock Event Set for 2019

50th-Anniversary Woodstock Event Set for 2019

Fifty years after the Woodstock music festival became one of the watersheds of hippie counterculture, an anniversary event will take place in August 2019 on the same field north of New York City.The
Vatican Hears Testimony from Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim

Vatican Hears Testimony from Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the retired archbishop
Italy's Foreign Minister to Visit Washington

Italy's Foreign Minister to Visit Washington

Italy's foreign minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, will be visiting Washington from Jan. 3-4, meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department and with national security adviser John
Wells Fargo Agrees to $575 Million US Settlement on Consumer Ills

Wells Fargo Agrees to $575 Million US Settlement on Consumer Ills

Wells Fargo agreed to a $575 million nationwide settlement over its opening of millions of unauthorized customer accounts and other alleged predatory practices, the bank and U.S. authorities announced
Strong Week, Yet Horrible Month for Wall Street

Strong Week, Yet Horrible Month for Wall Street

Wall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market's first weekly gain since November. Losses in technology, energy and industrial stocks outweighed gains in
Supreme Court Keeps Lower Profile, but for How Long?

Supreme Court Keeps Lower Profile, but for How Long?

The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide

Freightliner’s eM2 Medium-Duty Electric Truck Already On U.S. Roads

Daimler Trucks North America has delivered the first all-electric truck to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation . |
Lampert Makes $4.4 Billion Bid to Keep Sears Alive

Lampert Makes $4.4 Billion Bid to Keep Sears Alive

Sears Holdings Corp. Chairman Eddie Lampert submitted a $4.4 billion takeover bid for the bankrupt U.S. retailer, representing its only chance of escaping liquidation and laying off tens of thousands
Homeland Secretary Visits Border After 2nd Child’s Death

Homeland Secretary Visits Border After 2nd Child’s Death

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody.DHS spokeswoman