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Volunteer Gauge-Watchers Help Fine-Tune Weather Science

Volunteer Gauge-Watchers Help Fine-Tune Weather Science

March 04, 2015 2:38 PM
An observation system called CoCoRaHS is working to improve weather science, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country who measure precipitation in their own backyards, then share their data through the Internet. VOA's Shelley Schlender reports. More

Video African Americans Recall 1960's Fight For Voting Rights

Fifty years ago Selma, Alabama witnessed historic voting rights march that became known as 'Bloody Sunday'

Video African Americans Recall 1960's Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960’s.

Report: Ferguson Police Violated Rights of its Black Citizens

Report: Ferguson Police Violated Rights of its Black Citizens

Video Boston Bombing Trial - Video on the Scene

Carolyn Presutti on the scene report from Boston

Video Defense Admits Suspect's Guilt in Boston Marathon Bombing

Judy Clarke stuns with opening statement at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, saying, 'It was him,' but hopes to shift focus to influence of brother who died in gunbattle with police; earlier, prosecutors laid out their case

Multimedia US, Iran Cite Progress as Nuclear Talks End

But State Department official says challenges remain to reach a framework deal with proposed deadline at month's end

Australian Rugby Star Hayne Signs with NFL's 49ers

Jarryd Hayne will try to make the team as a running back or punt returner

Video Emotions High in Boston Ahead of Bombing Trial

A court in Boston will hear opening statements in the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect on Wednesday, a day after a federal jury was selected for the case. If found guilty in the deaths of three people during the 2013 bombing, suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Vendors Showcase Marijuana Products at DC Show

There are many trade shows held in Washington, D.C., but the expo this past weekend was the first to feature marijuana — only two days after the city legalized small amounts of the drug for personal use. Vendors were showcasing drug paraphernalia and marijuana growing systems, and even giving business advice. VOA's Deborah Block reports.

NYC Climate Panel's Report Predicts More Heat, Flooding

Report's co-author and project leader sees 'a real threat to our future' and changes that will affect day-to-day life

Video Netanyahu Makes His Case to Congress

After weeks of controversy about the invitation and the timing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress Tuesday. He was welcomed with raucous applause in the packed House gallery. But some Democrats were upset by his remarks urging Congress to reject a potential deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program, just as international talks with Tehran have reached a critical phase. VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill.

Video Vendors Display Marijuana Products at Washington Expo

Growing systems, drug paraphernalia and more were showcased at sold-out show

US Weighs Venezuela’s Order to Cut US Embassy Staff

US State Department dismisses Caracas’ charge of undermining government as ‘baseless’

Video Jury Chosen in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Diverse group will weigh federal death penalty case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Obama: Nothing New in Netanyahu Speech

He says Israel's leader 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' on the issue of preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons

US House Approves Homeland Security Funding

Bill’s passage upsets conservative Republicans who had hoped to derail Obama's immigration plan

US Justice Department Finds Ferguson Police Bias Against Blacks

Report follows 6-month investigation into August shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Netanyahu's US Speech Draws Mixed Response in Israel

Some say prime minister's speech, though important, should have been postponed because it undermines historically close relations with United States

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

Six volunteers are isolated high atop volcanic mountain Mauna Loa, living for eight months in terrain that looks much like the surface of the Red Planet

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Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
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Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
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Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.
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Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
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Video In Russia, Many Doubt Opposition Leader's Killer Will Be Found

The funeral has been held in Moscow for Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday just meters from the Kremlin. Nemtsov joins a growing list of outspoken critics of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin who are believed to have been murdered for their work. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
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Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.
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Video Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists

The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. The Mosul Museum is the latest target of the group’s campaign of terror and destruction, and is of grave concern to archaeologists around the world. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
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Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
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Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
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Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
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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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