Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

Updated 07 February 2013
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Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns.
Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Virginia, one day after he held a closed-door session with Senate Democrats at their off-campus conference in Annapolis, Maryland
The meetings with legislators from his own party come just days before next Tuesday’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. This week’s meetings have served as something of a preamble for that nationally televised speech.
Officials say Obama will deliver public remarks to the House members and take questions in a private session.


Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

Updated 21 May 2018
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Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

  • Hawaii County officials say sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the vents have tripled
  • People are being urged to stay away from the area

PAHOA, Hawaii: White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.
Authorities are warning the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.
Further upslope, lava is still gushing out of large vents in the ground in a Big Island residential neighborhood.
Hawaii County officials say sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the vents have tripled. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleased clouds of ash on Sunday. Winds carried much of the ash toward the southwest.
Kilauea volcano began erupting lava in the Leilani Estates neighborhood more than two weeks ago.