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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Los Angeles Set to Embark on a Smart City Experiment

From cellphones and cars, to televisions and refrigerators, more devices are being connected to the Internet. This network of connected devices is call the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, is planning to use the prevalence of these IoT devices as a testing ground for becoming a city of the future. “By putting computers in parking meters, you already have computers in your car, and you have computers in the street lights. The ability to connect them to the Internet of Things allows a better way for your car to know where parking spots are available, allows better for it to communicate when street lights should turn green to maximize traffic flow,” said Ted Ross, chief information officer for the city of Los Angeles. WATCH: Los Angeles About to Embark on a Smart City Experiment What is I3? Los Angeles is a part of a consortium called “I3” that includes the University of Southern California (USC) and tech companies. This partners..

Small Montana City Elects Former Refugee as Mayor

The small city of Helena, Montana has elected a new mayor, a man who came to the city in 1994 fleeing the Liberian civil war. It was a long journey from West Africa to the western United States and a long road from refugee to city leader. Stan Parker reports.

One in 3 US Rhodes Scholars African-American, Highest Ratio Ever

One-third of the newest crop of Rhodes Scholars from the United States are African-Americans, the most ever elected in a U.S. Rhodes class. Of the 100 Rhodes Scholars chosen worldwide for advanced study at Oxford in Britain each year, 32 come from the United States, and this time, 10 of those are African Americans. One of them is Simone Askew, the first black female student to head the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. Other American scholars include a transgender man and students from U.S. colleges that had never had a student win a spot in the Rhodes program. The Rhodes Scholar program is the most prestigious available to American students, but it had been criticized for excluding women and blacks until the 1970s. The scholarship program was set up in 1902 by Cecil Rhodes, a wealthy British philanthropist for whom the nation of Rhodesia was named. After a civil war removed Rhodesia's white-minority government, that nation was renamed Zimbabwe.

Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

A juror in the bribery trial of U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has told the judge the panel is deadlocked. The judge told the jury to go home and resume deliberations Tuesday, dismissing the prosecution's request that they stay and keep talking. "Clearly there are jurors who believe in my innocence," Menendez told reporters outside the Newark, New Jersey courtroom. He urged those who think he is innocent not let themselves be coerced in changing their minds. The New Jersey Democrat is on trial for allegedly taking gifts from a wealthy Florida donor in exchange for political favors. They include trips aboard a private jet and a luxury vacation in Paris. The donor, a prominent Florida eye doctor, is also on trial. Menendez and the doctor have denied the charges, saying the gifts were came out of their longtime friendship. Last week, a dismissed member of the jury told reporters she believes the trial will end in a hung jury and that she had planned to vote to acquit. Fo..

Men Also Coming Forward With Stories of Sexual Harassment

It's not just women who are a part of the viral #metoo social media campaign against sexual harassment. Men are coming forward, too. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics show that about 16 percent of all sexual misconduct complaints are coming from male employees. It seems men prefer to stay silent about these encounters and are less likely to report the incidents. VOA's Daria Dieguts has more.

Duterte Berates Canada’s Trudeau at End of Summit in Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canada's Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump. At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister's raising the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings in his anti-drug drive. "I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult," the Philippine president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name. "I only answer to the Filipino," he said, using a vulgarism to add that he would not answer to "any other [nonsense]," especially from "foreigners. Lay off." Earlier in the day, Trudeau said at a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte, "the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a ..

New Russia Probe Details Likely to Dominate Sessions Hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign. The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russia. Those details complicate Sessions' effort to downplay knowledge of the campaign's foreign contacts, and Democratic lawmakers who already contended the attorney general had not been forthcoming with them have signaled that questions about the new revelations are likely to dominate what could otherwise have been a routine oversight hearing. "These facts appear to contradict your sworn t..

Trump ‘Very Proud’ of Trip to Asia, Says Progress Made on Security, Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is "very proud" of his five-nation, 12-day trip to Asia, asserting lots of progress was made on issues such as security and trade. In remarks delivered behind closed doors Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in Manila, Trump reiterated that North Korea remains a major global military threat. "North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs threaten the entire world," Trump said, and called on "all nations to join the United States in ensuring the complete, verifiable and total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Trump said he is still concerned about "China's efforts to build and militarize outposts in the South China Sea," and added the United States favors "the peaceful resolution of all territorial disputes." The U.S. is closely watching the "growing threat" of Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Southeast Asia, Trump said. "As ISIS loses ground in the battlefield, we must remain vigilant about the threat pos..

Texas Town Holds First Burials After Church Massacre

The tiny Texas town reeling from a gun massacre that killed 26 churchgoers buried the first of the victims on Saturday, in a remote cemetery where a series of funerals is being held this week. Richard Rodriguez, 64, and his wife, Therese, 66, both cancer survivors, were buried in a corner of Sutherland Springs Cemetery with 250 family members and friends looking on. The cemetery is a mile from Sutherland Spring's First Baptist Church where gunman Devin Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 last Sunday, before taking his own life. Rodriguez, a retired railroad worker, was fun-loving and a devoted family man, his younger brother Tony Rodriguez said before a church service earlier in the day in the nearby city of La Vernia. "He was happy, joyful, always joking around. He loved his family," Rodriguez said through tears. "He was always there when we needed him." Shortly before the couple were buried, the gunman's first wife spoke publicly for the first time since the massacr..

US Pulls Cambodia’s Election Funding; Hun Sen Says Cut It All

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen challenged the United States on Sunday to cut all aid after it announced it was ending funding for a general election next year in response to the dissolution of the main opposition party, media reported. Hun Sen, the strongman who has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades, has taken a strident anti-American line in an increasingly tense run-up to a 2018 election that has included a crackdown on critics, rights groups and independent media. The United States announced on Friday it was ending funding for the election, and promised more “concrete steps,” after the Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at the request of the government, on the grounds it was plotting to seize power. The party denied the accusation. The pro-government Fresh News website reported that Hun Sen said in a speech to garment workers that he welcomed the U.S. aid cut and urged it to cut it all. “Samdech Techo Hun Sen confirmed that cutting U.S...

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Atlanta hospital opens mobile ER to handle flu cases

As the flu epidemic overwhelms Georgia, one Atlanta hospital has set up a mobile unit to handle flu patients.Original Article
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