US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
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US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments. Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become … Continue reading

White House launches two new initiatives on student absenteeism
Education / National

White House launches two new initiatives on student absenteeism

by Mahogany Waldon The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have launched two new initiatives through the My Brother’s Keeper foundation to combat student chronic absenteeism. The My Brother’s Keeper Mentors initiative, along with 10 participating communities and the Ad Council, have partnered with a multi-million dollar campaign to raise awareness and to … Continue reading

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert
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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. Obama, in California this … Continue reading

Religion news in brief
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Religion news in brief

Obama makes his first presidential visit to a US mosque CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — In a campaign season rife with concerns about terrorism, President Obama is visiting a mosque in Baltimore. While the president has visited mosques overseas, his stop Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore is his first visit to an American mosque … Continue reading

Obama contrasts Clinton’s pragmatism with Sanders’ idealism
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Obama contrasts Clinton’s pragmatism with Sanders’ idealism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting the Democratic primary to replace him as a contest between Hillary Clinton’s pragmatism and experience versus Bernie Sanders’ idealism and liberalism. Obama, in his most extensive assessment to date of the 2016 Democratic primary, said Clinton is “wicked smart,” but that her strengths are also her weaknesses. … Continue reading

Obama to take in Detroit auto show as industry flourishes
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Obama to take in Detroit auto show as industry flourishes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will take a victory lap Wednesday, Jan 20, in Detroit with a tour of the North American International Auto Show. The tour gives Obama the chance to highlight the industry’s remarkable turnaround over the past seven years, and to remind the public that his administration came to the industry’s … Continue reading

White House and Department of Labor launch $100 million TechHire Grant Competition including $50 million for young Americans
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White House and Department of Labor launch $100 million TechHire Grant Competition including $50 million for young Americans

Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Broderick Johnson, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to announce new steps to advance the President’s TechHire initiative and expand opportunities for young Americans to get trained and placed into well-paying tech … Continue reading

Obama, Netanyahu emphasize need for Mideast peace
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Obama, Netanyahu emphasize need for Mideast peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday insisted they had not given up on the pursuit of Middle East peace, even as the prospect of an elusive agreement between Israelis and Palestinians appears further out of reach. Obama and Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House marked the first time the … Continue reading