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Key Business Leaders Say US Economy Bouncing Back

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Illinois.

July 21, 2014 3:55 PM
Survey of US business leaders finds sales and employment grew in April, May and June, after economy faltered at beginning of year More

US Hospital to Pay $190M to Women Secretly Videotaped by Doctor

Dr. Nikita Levy allegedly recorded images of thousands of patients with pen-like camera as he gave them pelvic exams at Maryland's Johns Hopkins Hospital

Court Convicts Friend of Boston Bombing Suspect

Azamat Tazhayakov, foreign student from Kazakhstan, was found guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in 2013 attack

'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr. Named Highest-earning Actor

Downey, 49, earned $75 million, mostly from 'Iron Man 3,' making him best paid actor for second consecutive year, according to Forbes

Pomp, Pageantry Reign at Washington Ceremony for Foreign Diplomats

New ambassadors from around globe meet with President Obama at White House in elaborate protocol conveying accreditation

Video HIV/AIDS Stigmatized Among African-Americans

African-Americans bear the brunt of the HIV crisis in the United States. They are more frequently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group in the country. There are many reasons, but as VOA's Carol Pearson reports, stigma is a major factor.

Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes to Malaysia

Separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed over two boxes from downed airliner in Donetsk in early hours of Tuesday

Kerry in Cairo for Gaza Talks

Latest diplomatic push comes as Israeli warplanes struck more than 50 targets, including a high-rise tower in Gaza City

Obama Signs Order Protecting LGBT Workers

Aside from employees working directly for government, president’s orders will impact 24,000 companies that employ 28 million workers, or about 1/5 of US workforce

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dies

Vic Atiyeh, the son of a Syrian immigrant, was America's first Arab-American governor as well as the state's last Republican leader

Cooler Weather May Slow Washington Wildfire

Carlton Complex fire has raged unchecked for nearly a week, destroying more than 80 homes, charring swath of wilderness east of Cascade Mountains

McDonald's, KFC in China Face New Food Safety Scare

McDonald’s, Yum! brands say they have stopped using products supplied by a local meat processor after reports of food safety concerns

China Ship Sent to Spy on RIMPAC Naval Exercises

US Navy plays down intelligence risk associated with proximity of Chinese vessel; similar ship monitored multi-national naval exercise two years ago

UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Gaza Cease-fire

Israeli tanks shell militant targets in Gaza Strip Monday; Palestinian woman dies in airstrike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

Lab brings together top scientists and engineers to provide them with tools, funding, and space to create next breakthrough in energy storage

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.

Video Kerry Blasts Hamas, Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

US top diplomat calls on Palestinian group to be ‘part of solution’ in current crisis; points finger at pro-Russia rebels, their Moscow supporters over downing of MH17

Video Kerry Blasts Hamas, Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and pinning blame for the escalating conflict on the Palestinian Islamist group. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, Kerry also blamed Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine for Thursday’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

Actor James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' Dead at 86

Garner, who received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, found dead from natural causes at his Los Angeles home, according to police

Wildfires Raging in American Northwest

Emergency officials say massive wildfire in Washington state is growing unchecked, spreading in new directions, pushed by powerful, erratic winds

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In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
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Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
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Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
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Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
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Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
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Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
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Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
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Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

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