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Ferguson Police, Protesters Clash After Chief's Apology

FILE - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Police and protesters have clashed once again in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police chief of the St. Louis suburb issued a videotaped apology to the family of the unarmed black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. In his recorded statement Thursday, Thomas Jackson directly addressed the parents of shooting victim Michael Brown. […]

September 27th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Approves Unmanned Drones for Movie, TV Production

VOA FILE- A camera drone.

VOA News - The U.S. government has begun lifting commercial restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft, allowing six movie and television production companies to film scenes with small drones. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, speaking Thursday, described the move as "a significant milestone" in expanding commercial drone use. Until now, the Federal Aviation Administration has […]

September 27th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

'The Star Spangled Banner' Celebrates 200 Years

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exhibit of the flag that inspired the national anthem 'Star-Spangled Banner', Sept. 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

By Katherine Cole - BALTIMORE—This year, the U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland is celebrating its role in the birth of America’s national anthem. National Park Service Ranger Vince Vaise is Chief of Interpretation, or head storyteller, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor. He says that two of the greatest symbols of the United States came out […]

September 27th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Texas University Helps Identify Bodies Found in Border Region

Texas University Helps Identify Bodies Found in Border Region

By Greg Flakus - WACO, TEXAS—Holding a human rib bone in her gloved hand, Baylor University Anthropology Professor Lori Baker noted signs of postmortem damage. “This would be indicative of vulture damage,” Baker said to the students working with her on a skeleton found in the lower Rio Grande River valley of Texas, close to the […]

September 27th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Arrives at Mars

MAVEN spacecraft approaches Mars

A U.S. spacecraft has arrived at Mars to study the planet's upper atmosphere and help scientists answer questions about how its climate has changed over time. The craft named the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, completed a 10-month, 711 million-kilometer journey late Sunday. It will measure the rates at which gases escape the […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Pivot to Asia Demands Delicate Balancing Act

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (R), on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Netherlands on March 24 2014.

By Catherine Maddux - When President Barack Obama travels to Beijing to attend the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this fall, members will be looking for signs that the president is still committed to implementing his so-called “Asia pivot” policy. The initiative, unveiled in a column written by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is driven […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Report: 3 Missing Afghan Soldiers Found on US-Canada Border

3 Missing Afghan Soldiers Found on US-Canada Border

Three Afghan National Army soldiers who did not return to a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts were found trying to cross the Canadian border, local media reported on Monday. The men were taken into custody at a border crossing near Niagara Falls, New York, WCVB-TV reported, citing an unidentified law enforcement […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

World Bank Leads Push to Set Price on Carbon Emissions

FILE - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim addresses the crowd at a program for the "EndPoverty 2030" campaign in Washington.

Reuters - NEW YORK—The World Bank will say Monday that 73 national and 11 regional governments and some 1,000 companies will join forces to push for policies setting a price on carbon emissions to encourage a shift to cleaner energy technologies. The announcement aims to build momentum for a high-profile UN summit on climate change […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Secret Service Makes White House Security More Visible

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014.

VOA News - Security is more visible at the White House in Washington, after an intruder jumped a fence last week and entered the presidential mansion before being apprehended by Secret Service officers. Secret Service agents patrolled Monday with dogs on the sidewalk outside the White House, while other agents could be seen on the […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Agency Under Fire for Alleged Telework Fraud

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seen in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 25, 2011.

By Jeffrey Young - A unit of the United States Government, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is under scrutiny both by Congress and the news media for alleged fraud perpetrated by employees “teleworking” from home. Roughly 3,800 of the USPTO’s 8,300 patent examiners work from home full-time. Another 2,700 telecommute part-time. Investigators have […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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