FILE - A Chinese woman checks her documents as she walks past the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, May 6, 2011.
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Nearly everyone applying for a visa to enter the United States will have to provide their social media accounts as well as other detailed personal information as part of the Trump administration's "extreme vetting" process for all immigrants and visitors.The U.S. State Department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to require applicants to provide five years' worth of social media user names, telephone numbers, email addresses, international travel and…
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In this aerial image provided by Yell County Sheriff's Department water rushes through the levee along Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark.,  May 31, 2019.
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Crews were making a “last ditch effort” Saturday to save low-lying parts of a small Arkansas city from floodwaters pouring through a breached levee, and authorities downstream were warning people to leave a neighborhood that sits across the swollen river from the state capital.Further north in Iowa, a flood barrier along the swollen Mississippi River failed Saturday, flooding four to six blocks of downtown Burlington, a city of about 25,000 people that is 170 miles …
A worker stacks a box of freshly harvested Chiquita bananas to be exported, at a farm in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, May 31, 2019. President Donald Trump plans to impose 5% tariffs on Mexican imports starting June 10 and to ratchet them up...
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The Trump administration had taken steps in recent weeks to work with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to address concerns about the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement — and then came the threat of a new tariff.President Donald Trump said this past…
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador answers questions from journalists at his daily 7 a.m. press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, March 8, 2019.
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VOA News Center associate producer Jesusemen Oni contributed reporting from Washington. Mexico's president suggested Saturday that his country could clamp down on migration, and he said he thought the United States was ready to discuss its threatened use of tariffs as a means to combat illegal migration from Central America.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a Mexico City news conference that "there is willingness on the part…
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Graffiti marks a wall across the street from a Metro PCS store, May 25, 2019 in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington.
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It's the soundtrack of  "Chocolate City," the non-federal Washington that has traditionally been a tent pole of black America.   Go-go music, a distinctive D.C.-specific offshoot of funk, has endured for decades through cultural shifts, fluctuations in popularity and law enforcement purges.   Now go-go has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that's reshaping the city.   "It's a very deep…
In a Saturday, May 18, 2019 photo, thousands attend the Ramadan Suhoor Festival in Dearborn Heights, Mich.
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Shortly before midnight, a buzzing crowd stood patiently in a line that bent around the corner of a community center and stretched far back into the night. After a countdown, the throng streamed into the fairway of food trucks and other vendors, then pressed forward to the cadence of a banging bass drum.   It was suhoor time.   The informal gala - in full swing after midnight, illuminated with string lights and resplendent with the scents of Middle…
Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera speaks at a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va.
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The suspect in the shooting deaths of 12 people Friday at a municipal building in Virginia Beach has been identified as Dwayne Craddock, a longtime public utility employee.Police Chief James Cervera said at a Saturday morning news conference the gunman was a disgruntled worker who was killed by police in what he described as “long-term” shootout. Cervera said a motive had not yet been determined.Authorities focused on the victims during the news conference, naming each…
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A large field of coal is stored on the property of Dominon Energy's Chesterfield Power station in Chester, Virginia.,  Dec. 4, 2017. The station is a coal fired power station along the James River. Chesterfield Power Station
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You know things are not going well for your industry when one of your best customer gives a keynote speech at your annual conference to talk up your competition.At the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance's 40th Annual Conference in May, electric utility Dominion Energy highlighted the company's agreement with Smithfield Foods to generate electricity from hog waste."That's right," Dominion lobbyist James Beamer told the coal crowd, "Hog poop to green energy."
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FILE - Martin Shkreli is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, Aug. 15, 2017.
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Imprisoned pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli sued three executives at a company he started Friday, saying they illegally ousted him and defrauded the company of millions of dollars. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks unspecified damages. Shkreli, 36, was dubbed the Pharma Bro and is perhaps best known for boosting the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000% and trolling his critics on social media while he worked…
FILE - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., responds to the crowd's applause following his short campaign speech at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss., Oct. 29, 2014. The seven-term senator died May 30, 2019. He was 81.
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A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years.    Cochran died Thursday at a veterans nursing home in Oxford, Miss. He was 81.    Coleman Funeral Home said visitation would be from  5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the University of…
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A Turkish-American scientist who was recently released from three years in a Turkish prison said Friday he wants to return to the United States and his former job at NASA.Serkan Golge, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was freed Wednesday shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone.Golge is on probation and has been staying in his family home in Antakya, a southern Turkish city near the Syrian border.Not…
A police chaplain approaches the scene of shooting that killed 11 people in Virginia Beach, Va, May 31, 2019.
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Police in the U.S. state of Virginia say a disgruntled public utility employee killed 12 people at a municipal building in Virginia Beach before he was killed by police.The city's police chief, James Cervera, said the shooter "immediately and indiscriminately fired upon all the victims" after he entered the municipal building shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.He said six others were wounded in the shooting.
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia.
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A prominent exiled Russian opposition figure says recently leaked documents show Russian meddling in U.S. affairs was more sophisticated, ambitious and potentially more dire than the social media influence campaigns during the 2016 election.   First reported by NBC, the documents involve Kremlin-linked oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin…
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Pro-choice and pro-life protesters stand outside of Planned Parenthood as a deadline looms to renew the license of Missouri's sole remaining Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019.
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Missouri's only abortion clinic will stay open at least a few more days after a judge on Friday granted a request by Planned Parenthood for a temporary restraining order, allowing the facility to keep operating until a hearing on Tuesday.Planned Parenthood sued Missouri this week after state health officials said the license for Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was in jeopardy, meaning the clinic could have closed at midnight unless the judge…