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Kerry Fined for Not Shoveling Snow

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January 29, 2015 10:21 PM
After a blizzard dumped 60 centimeters of snow on Boston, the mayor vowed to crack down on anyone who did not clear the sidewalk near their home More

Somali-American Added to FBI's Most-Wanted-Terrorist List

Officials believe Liban Haji Mohamed, is now in E. Africa working for Al-Shabab and may have knowledge of federal buildings, Washington airports, subway system

Video President Jefferson's Library, 200 Years Later

The first home of the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington was in the Capitol, and when that building was burned during the War of 1812, many of the library's 3,000 books were destroyed. Former President Thomas Jefferson offered his huge personal library as a replacement, and Congress purchased it on January 30, 1815. Today, Jefferson's books are on permanent exhibit in the Library of Congress for everyone to see. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

CDC Urges Measles Vaccinations Amid Disneyland Outbreak

So far more than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles in California and elsewhere

US Seeks to Break Up Drug Ring

Alleged drug ring accused of smuggling cocaine and laundering money from Venezuela to the United States

Video Former Secretaries of State Weigh In on US National Security

Three former U.S. secretaries of state, with diplomatic experience reaching across three decades, appeared before a Congressional committee Thursday to offer their views on current challenges to world and U.S. security. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.

Video US Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Project

Despite a global oil glut, the U.S. Senate has voted 62-36 to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian crude to U.S. Gulf states. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project, which pits powerful business interests against environmentalists at a time when American motorists are celebrating a steep drop in gasoline prices. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.

Senators Introduce Bill to End Ban on Americans Traveling to Cuba

Some Cuban American lawmakers strongly oppose Obama administration’s sudden shift in US policy towards Cuba, others say it is past time to end embargo

Video US Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Project

Obama has threatened to veto project, which pits business vs. environmentalists at a time of very low gas prices in US

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video Financial Literacy Class Teaches Teens Money Skills

Math is a big part of every American's education, but too often, teaching kids to use that math for planning budgets or managing money isn't in the curriculum. A financial literacy program at a Maryland high school is designed to give young people money skills that will last a lifetime. Faith Lapidus narrates a report from VOA's Faiza Elmasry.

Video Former Secretaries of State Weigh In on US National Security

Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, Madeleine Albright testify before Senate Armed Services committee on issues ranging from Islamic militants to crisis in Ukraine

Video Financial Literacy Class Teaches Teens Money Skills

Youth in class at a Maryland high school learning how to set priorities and make better financial decisions that will serve them well into the future

Obama Wants End to 'Mindless Austerity' in 2016 Spending Plan

White House statement says Obama will call for ending automatic spending cuts that he and opposition Republican lawmakers agreed to during a 2011 budget crisis

US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

New rules would require technology companies doing business in financial sector to hand over their source code, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms

US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

Charles Townes, Nobel laureate, laser co-creator paved way for other scientific discoveries: CDs, eye surgery, metal cutters to name a few technologies that rely on lasers

HRW: Security Measures Erode Human Rights Worldwide

New Human Rights Watch report cites Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Israel and the United States among nations using security concerns to justify rights violations

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

A 30-second ad in this year’s Super Bowl costs a whopping $4.5 million

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.

US Supports Seoul’s Outreach to Pyongyang

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, says there is no disagreement between US and S. Korea over how to deal with N. Korea

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January 29, 2015 9:43 PM
The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Groundbreaking Hand-Painted Documentary About Van Gogh in Production

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
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Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
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Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
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Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
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Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
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Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
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Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
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Video Crowded Republican Presidential Field Off to Early Start for 2016

It seems early, but the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign is already heating up. Though no one has officially announced a candidacy, several potential Republican contenders have been busy speaking to conservative groups about making a White House run next year. Many of the possible contenders are critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone reports.

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