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US Economy Shrank in Early 2015

FILE – Pedestrians bundle up in Boston, Massachusetts, in January. An unusually rough winter helped depress the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2015.

May 29, 2015 11:43 AM
Foul weather, strong dollar hurt economic activity, Commerce Department says, but more growth expected More

Cuba Not Off the Hook, Despite Removal From State Sponsor of Terrorism List

Though it's off the blacklist, Havana is not clear of all US embargoes and statutory restrictions - including Helms-Burton Act, which includes stringent financial restrictions

US May Deport China's Most-Wanted Fugitive

China wants former Wenzhou deputy mayor Yang Xiuzhu, now a US detainee, to face charges of stealing more than $40 million

US Warns G7 of Global Economy 'Accident' Without Greece Deal

Debt stand-off between Greece and its EU partners overshadowed meeting of G7 policymakers that would have focused on strengthening global economy

US Female CEOs Outpace Males in Pay

Last year, median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9M, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, compared with median pay for male CEOs of $10.4M, down 0.8 percent from 2013

Defense Chiefs Meet in Singapore Amid Rising Maritime Tension

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for 'an immediate and lasting halt' to Chinese reclamation in disputed South China Sea waters

US Bikers Hold Muhammad Cartoon Contest Outside Mosque

Organizers say the rally is in response to an incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on a similar contest in Texas

'Silk Road' Founder Is Given Life Prison Sentence

Ross Ulbricht is sentenced for developing underground online market that netted him some $200M in illegal drug sales

Pataki Enters 2016 Race as GOP Field Expands

George Pataki was governor of the state of New York during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks

US National Spelling Bee Ends in Tie for 2nd Year in a Row

The two co-winners went head-to-head for 10 rounds before the list of 25 championship words was exhausted

Video US Agencies Ferret Out Alleged Corruption at FIFA

This week's corruption indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives came as little shock to many observers. It was the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS that uncovered the alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. VOA's Parke Brewer reports.

Obama: US Has to Be More Prepared for Climate Change

President, in Miami for update on coming Atlantic hurricane season, says global warming is affecting pace, intensity of storms

UN Assesses Efforts to Halt Flow of Foreign Fighters

Security Council to discuss threat of foreign terrorist fighters - both to conflict zones and to their home countries when they return

Former US House Speaker Indicted for Alleged Corruption

Dennis Hastert accused of withdrawing $952,000 in cash in a way that evaded requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000

Banks Could Face Questions in FIFA Probe

Prosecutors will review how much they knew about millions in alleged bribes flowing through US banking system to accounts around world

FIFA Indictments Put Gold Cup Tournament Under Cloud

Experts say US indictments could lead to charges of other world soccer officials, and lead to major shakeup in sport's governance

Top US Iran Negotiator Departing Post

State Department says Wendy Sherman, under secretary of state for political affairs, will be 'moving on' after talks

Allies, Ex-players, Fans Abroad Cheer US Move Against FIFA

Soccer devotees flood Twitter with praise, ask why countries with richer traditions in the sport had ignored suspicions of corruption for so long

Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Cuban-American Church in Miami

White House says president visited site to honor Cuban-Americans' sacrifices in pursuit of liberty, opportunity

President Obama Visits Family of Journalist Slain by ISIS

In September ISIS released video purporting to show beheading of Steven Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist

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Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threati
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May 29, 2015 11:24 PM
Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.

Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.

Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.

Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.

Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

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