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As Lawmakers Squabble, US Braces for Security Funding Lapse

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks in Washington in support of legislation, being considered by some Republicans in Congress, that would prevent a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Feb. 26, 2015.

February 26, 2015 7:05 PM
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Video Scientists: Pacific Trash Patch is Sea of Chemical Sludge

Ocean currents collect plastic into huge, slowly spinning garbage patch where it poses major environmental threat to sea life

Video Scientists Say Pacific Trash Patch Is Sea of Chemical Sludge

A huge garbage patch in the north Pacific Ocean traps debris from both hemispheres and is a major environmental threat to sea life. Researchers in Honolulu are tracking the trash. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.

Jury Convicts Saudi Man in Connection with 1998 US Embassy Bombings

Kahlid al-Fawwaz convicted on four counts of conspiracy by a jury in New York

Law Puts US Capital at Heart of Legalized Marijuana Debate

District of Columbia residents recently voted to legalize the drug, but Congress put language in its budget to block funding for its regulatory implementation

Kerry to Meet With Iranian Negotiators, Russia's Lavrov

Secretary of state's agenda next week also includes speech to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

US Intelligence Chief Says He Backs Arming Ukraine

But James Clapper says Moscow 'sees itself in direct confrontation with West over Ukraine and will be very prone to overreact to US actions'

Video New Pentagon Chief Goes on International Offensive

His nomination was barely confirmed, but within hours new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was jetting off to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He met with U.S. troops, top officials in the region and vowed to go after militants of the so-called Islamic State, Carter has had plenty of experience having previously served as a top Pentagon official, and experts say on his first trip as Secretary of Defense, Carter was looking for perspective. Carla Babb reports.

Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Instead of sending team of technicians with equipment, it will soon suffice to dispatch one person with a new backpack-mounted device

Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency. VOA’s George Putic reports.

US Consumer Prices Drop

Seven-tenths of a percent in January is sharpest drop since 2008, falling gasoline prices among factors

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.

Advanced US Surveillance Plane Patrols S. China Sea

Acknowledging flights for the first time, US Navy promises to share 'real time' information on what is happening in Philippine waters as China steps up activities

Accused Boston Bomber's Lawyers Challenge Jury-selection Process

Attorneys say randomly assigning numbers to people who reported for initial selection resulted in fewer potential black jurors being screened

EU Court Hands Setback to US Deserter Seeking Asylum

Court of Justice says American Iraq war veteran would need to show he was involved in war crimes or had no option other than desertion

Studies Support Truvada as Prevention

Findings released at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Recreational Marijuana Use Now Legal in Washington, DC

Law allows adults 21 and over to privately possess and smoke 0.05 kilogram of pot, and to grow small amounts of the plant

US Regulators Approve 'Net Neutrality' for Internet Providers

Ruling confirms FCC's new policy of regulating broadband - both fixed and mobile - under Communications Act, which regulates telephone industry like public utility

Video Three Brooklyn Men Charged With Conspiracy to Support IS Group

The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Lawmaker Warns DC Mayor of Jail Time Over Pot Law

Muriel Bowser says 'bullying' by Republican congressman won't keep voter-approved measure from taking effect Thursday

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February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
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Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
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Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
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Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
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Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
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Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
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Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
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Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

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