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Kobe Bryant Now Third Top NBA Scorer

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the game ball and acknowledges the crowd during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list, in Minneapolis, Dec. 14, 2014.

VOA News - National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is now the league's third all-time leading scorer, supplanting the legendary Michael Jordan. Entering Sunday night's road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bryant needed nine points to better Jordan's career total of 32,292. The tying and go-ahead points came on two free […]

December 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

IEA: Slow Demand, Rising Supply Put More Pressure on Oil

A man changes the price for a gallon of gasoline at a gas station in Medford, Massachusetts, Dec. 4, 2014.

Reuters - LONDON — Oil prices are likely to come under further downward pressure, the International Energy Agency said Friday, as it cut its outlook for demand growth in 2015 and predicted healthy non-OPEC supply gains would aggravate a global oil glut. Oil prices have fallen by 45 percent since June, with the sell-off gaining pace after […]

December 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Congress Passes $1.1 Trillion Budget for 2015

U.S. Capitol - Illustration by Emily Metcalf

The U.S. Congress has given its final approval for a massive $1.1 trillion government spending plan for most of 2015, ending a threat that the federal government could shut down again if the legislation was not passed. The measure, approved late Saturday in the Senate by 56-40 vote after a vote Thursday by the House […]

December 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Makes Appearance on Colbert Report

President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report during a taping of The Colbert Report program in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, Dec. 8, 2014.

President Barack Obama made a guest appearance on a recent taping of Comedy Central's Colbert Report. During the interview with host Stephen Colbert, Obama defended his economic record and his executive actions on immigration. He also discussed his delayed decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. "if we look at this objectively, we've got to […]

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

NY Police Shoot, Kill Man After Synogogue Attack

Members of the Lubavitch community watch a police officer enter Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic headquarters in New York, Dec. 9, 2014.

Reuters - NEW YORK—New York police shot and killed a man armed with a knife early Tuesday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in the head in a Brooklyn synagogue, police and the synagogue said. The man who was shot was black and the officer who did the shooting is Hispanic, a spokesman for […]

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Iraqi PM Asks US for More Airstrikes, Weapons

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets U.S. troops upon his arrival at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 8, 2014.

Iraq's prime minister was requesting more airpower from the United States to bolster the offensive against Islamic State militants, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Tuesday. In a meeting with Hagel, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said increased airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition and additional heavy weaponry would accelerate […]

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Releases Report on CIA Interrogation Methods

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, speaks about the recently released report of CIA interrogation practices on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 9, 2014.

The United States has released a long-awaited report detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency employed extreme interrogation methods on suspected terrorists following the September 11, 2001, attacks. The Senate Intelligence Committee disclosed a lengthy summary Tuesday of the CIA's interrogation techniques, including confinement in small places, sleep deprivation and waterboarding, which simulates drowning. All are […]

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

China Seizes 31 Trafficking Suspects

FILE - Rohingya people from Myanmar, who were rescued from human traffickers, react from inside a communal cell at Songkhla Immigration Detention Centre, near Thailand's border with Malaysia.

  BEIJING—Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, also known as Burma, state media said on Monday. Five of the non-Chinese victims were younger than 18 and were handed to Myanmar police after a […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Defense Chief Resigns

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignaton at the White House in Washington, Nov. 24, 2014.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned after nearly two years in the position. President Barack Obama, speaking Monday at the White House with Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden at his side, said the defense secretary told him last month that it was time for him to complete his service. Obama called Hagel a […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Corruption Fighters Want More From World’s Strongest Nations

President of France Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meeting at the G20 the G-20 leaders summit

By Jeffrey Young - WASHINGTON—When the G20 summit, comprised of the world’s 20 strongest developed and emerging economies, was held this month in Brisbane, Australia, how to deal with worldwide corruption was a key focal point.But in the view of many working to curb corruption, a final communique put out by G20 nations fell short of expectations and […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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