• Tennessee Governor Grants Clemency to Sex-Trafficking Victim

    Antionette Kerr Public News Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In one of his last acts as governor, Bill Haslam has granted the prospect of freedom to Cyntoia Brown, commuting her life sentence for murder with eligibility for parole in early August. Brown, who said she was a victim of child...
  • Entra en vigor en Japón un nuevo impuesto de salida en aeropuertos y puertos

    EFE Tokio – Japón ha impuesto a partir de hoy una nueva tasa fiscal a cada pasajero que salga del país por avión o por barco, con el fin de financiar iniciativas para asistir a los turistas, según informó el Gobierno de Tokio. La tasa, de 1.000 yenes (8,07...
  • Broad Effort, Funding Needed to Tackle Chronic Homelessness

    Roz Brown Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Homelessness has been on the rise in New Mexico over the past two years, and efforts to turn that around will receive attention on several fronts in 2019. The state has the highest number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in the...
  • Departure tax comes into force in Japan

    EFE Tokyo – A departure tax on every passenger leaving Japan by plane or by boat came into force on Monday, to finance initiatives which will assist tourists, according to the Government. The 1,000-yen-tax ($9.21), will be charged on plane and ship tickets, and will affect both Japanese and...
  • Trump threatens to declare national emergency to finance wall

    EFE US President Donald Trump threatened last week to declare a national emergency that would allow him to order construction of a border wall with Mexico without Congressional approval of the needed funds. “I can do it if I want,” Trump told a press conference when asked about the possibility of starting construction...
  • Spain to feast on 30 million traditional King’s Day cakes

    EFE Spaniards will celebrate this year’s King’s Day festivities by opening their Christmas gifts and sharing over 30 million roscones, or Three Kings’ Day cakes, a three-percent increase on 2018 figures, according to a baking industry spokesperson who spoke with EFE Thursday.    This rise is partly due to...
  • China’s Chang’e-4 probe lands successfully on far side of moon

    EFE Beijing – China’s Chang’e 4 space probe on Thursday became the first to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon, state-run news agency Xinhua said. China’s National Space Administration said the lander-rover probe touched down at 10.26am Bejing time, it added. The official Global...
  • Could Oregon Become First State to End Single-Family Zoning?

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service PORTLAND, Ore. — In an effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, Oregon could end single-family zoning this legislative session. Oregon would be the first state to do so if lawmakers who support the idea succeed. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is drafting legislation...
  • Trump defends Syria withdrawal after US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits

    EFE Washington – President Donald Trump on Saturday December 22 defended his decision to withdraw US forces from Syria after his envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State terror organization resigned in protest. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other...