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VOA chief national correspondent/former White House bureau chief; Author, ‘Behind the White House Curtain.’ Adjunct asst. professor, Shenandoah Univ.; Adjunct lecturer in journalism, Univ. of Richmond; 2022-23 https://journa.host/@JURISTnews journalist-in-residence, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law; Kiplinger Fellow, Ohio Univ.; American Foreign Service Assoc. governing board; Nevada Broadcasters Assoc. Hall of Fame; W7VOA on ham radio.

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Five juveniles are hospitalized after a shootout at a "senior skip day" meet-up near a recreational center in Greenbelt, Maryland this afternoon. https://wjla.com/news/local/greenbelt-maryland-shooting-juveniles-crime-recreation-rec-center-at-least-5-shot-shootout-schroms-hills-investigation-police-dead-critical-condition#

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NY AG Letitia James files a memorandum of opposition to the surety company that holds the $175 million bond for Donald Trump as he appeals the $460 million decision against him in the civil fraud trial earlier this year. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-york-attorney-general-letitia-james-opposes-trump-bond-in-civil-fraud-case/

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(KCNA) - DPRK has conducted a 'super-large warhead' test for strategic cruise missiles.

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DPRK says Friday morning's test launches into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula were of a cruise missile warhead and a new anti-aircraft missile. http://kcna.kp/kp/article/q/082a05c886670dd298643e08791fca57.kcmsf

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Post News, which sought to be a Twitter alternative, is shutting down. I have 5.8k followers there but rarely use it. I decided I’ve bandwidth for only two platforms after putting my Twitter accounts in suspended animation — Threads is one of them and Mastodon is the other. https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/19/24135011/twitter-alternative-post-news-shutdown

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US imposes sanctions related to Pakistan’s ballistic missile program.

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A deliberately vague readout from the Pentagon.

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(AP) - Emergency crews have rushed away a person on a stretcher after a fire was extinguished outside the New York courthouse where jury selection was taking place in Donald Trump’s hush money criminal case. A person could be seen lying on the ground on fire.

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"The man doused himself with a liquid around 1:35 p.m. in Collect Pond Park, across the street from the courthouse. Onlookers screamed as bright orange flames engulfed the man. It was unclear what motivated his action," reported the New York Times. "People rushed over to try to extinguish the fire, but the intensity of the heat could be felt several hundred feet away."

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Just before self-immolating, the man threw into the air pamphlets that, according to the NY Times, "referenced former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore and the lawyer David Boies, who represented Mr. Gore in the 2000 presidential election recount."

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The man who set himself on fire near the NYC courtroom where Trump is on trial has been identified as Max Azzarello, 37, of St. Augustine, Florida. He had written “a rambling, incoherent 2,648-word manifesto," according to the NY Post. https://nypost.com/2024/04/19/us-news/man-sets-himself-on-fire-outside-trumps-hush-money-trial-in-nyc/

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First human infection with avian influenza A(H9N2) virus reported in Vietnam. https://www.who.int/emergencies/disease-outbreak-news/item/2024-DON514

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Several who pre-ordered my book, 'Behind the White House Curtain,' messaged me to note it's now shipping! June 4th is the official release date and that's when you can probably start to find it in brick & mortar stores. But if you want to be an early reader, here's a link: https://bookshop.org/p/books/behind-the-white-house-curtain-a-senior-journalist-s-story-of-covering-the-president-and-why-it-matters-steven-l-herman/20409113?ean=9781606354773

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US EPA issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline — gasoline blended with 15% ethanol — to be sold during the summer driving season. https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2024-04/e15reidvaporpressure-fuelwaiver050124.pdf

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Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, to be named the new director of Voice of America, announces USAGM CEO Amanda Bennett.

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US EPA to designate two widely used PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, as Superfund hazardous substances. https://www.epa.gov/superfund/designation-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa-and-perfluorooctanesulfonic-acid-pfos-cercla

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US Treasury OFAC imposes West Bank-related sanctions. https://ofac.treasury.gov/recent-actions/20240419

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“Mount Hebron Fund and Shlom Asiraich generated tens of thousands of dollars for extremists responsible for destroying property, assaulting civilians, and violence against Palestinians,” sayd US Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo. “Such acts by these organizations undermine the peace, security, and stability of the West Bank. We will continue to use our tools to hold those responsible accountable.”

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"We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the West Bank in recent days and call on Israel to take all appropriate measures to prevent attacks by violent extremist settlers and hold those responsible accountable. The United States will not hesitate to take additional steps to promote accountability if necessary." -- State Department

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Two people detained in Poland on suspicion of attacking Leonid Volkov, an exiled top aide to the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny https://www.pap.pl/en/news/two-people-detained-poland-over-attack-russian-oppositionist

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There are online reports (unconfirmed firsthand by any reliable media outlet as of yet) of explosions near Isfahan in Iran, in Suwayda province in Syria and near Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq.

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The Fars News Agency in Iran reports an explosion heard in Qahjavarestan, east of Isfahan and near the Isfahan International Airport.

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(AP) - Commercial flights began diverting their routes early Friday morning over western Iran without explanation. https://apnews.com/article/iran-israel-mideast-tensions-4-19-2024-a7ccbae2e2844bab089e8e4377a24ddb?taid=6621d0b9d453a400011fded9

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Mehr News Agency in Iran confirming cancellation of flights at Tehran airport. https://t.me/mehrnews/191638

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“The reports that you’ve seen, I’m not going to speak to that except to say that the United States has not been involved in any offensive operations,” says Secretary of State Blinken in Italy.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres says it’s “high time to stop the dangerous cycle of retaliation in the Middle East.”

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