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Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

August 29, 2014 4:51 PM
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Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.

Some US Lawmakers Seek Vote on Military Action Against Islamic State

A small bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for Congress to debate and vote on whether or not to authorize expansion of US military operations

California Drought Attracts Dowsers

Dowsing consists of scanning ground holding a Y or L-shaped twig or rod, or even a pendulum

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million Daily

As costs rise with intensified activity, Rear Admiral John Kirby says Pentagon is drawing up options for president for possible strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

Obama Signals No Immediate Airstrikes in Syria

Last week, Obama authorized air surveillance on Islamist fighters in Syria

Judge Dismisses Apartheid Case Against US Companies

Judge rules any alleged violations would have occurred under jurisdiction of companies' South African offices

Video Obama: No Strategy Yet on Islamic State Threat

President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet on how to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and will send Secretary of State John Kerry to the region to build a coalition. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Syrian Extradited to US on Terrorism Charges

Ahmad Ibrahim al-Ahmad accused of supplying bomb components from 2005 to 2010 to an Iraqi insurgent group

Ferguson Protesters File Lawsuit Against Police

Plaintiffs seek $40M in federal suit that alleges local police used excessive force, assaulted and unlawfully detained demonstrators after Michael Brown's death

US Border Arrests Drop for Second Month

President Obama says 'the good news is, we've started to make some progress'

Jihadist Recruitment Tools Raise US Concerns

As many as 100 Americans, 900 Europeans thought to have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join groups like the Islamic State

US Grants Intelsat, Eutelsat New Waivers for Iran Channels

Iranian state broadcasts allowed to air on European satellites for additional six months

Reporters Notebook: Grand Jury, a Civic Duty

Grand juries are among the most mysterious and secretive of US judicial institutions, little understood by most Americans, much less foreigners

JPMorgan Probes Possible Cyber Attack

Financial institution disclosed investigation after FBI said Wednesday it was investigating media reports that several US financial companies have been victims of recent attacks

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Widespread infestation by Asian insect called psyllid again highlights danger of transferring non-native species to American soil officials say

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.

US Economy Expanding Rapidly

Commerce Department report says second-quarter growth is faster than previously thought

Iraq to Appeal US Court Decision on Disputed Kurdish Oil

On Monday, a district court ruled against a request by the Iraqi government for US authorities to seize a disputed shipment of Kurdish oil

Angelina Jolie Marries Brad Pitt

Actors wed in small private ceremony Saturday in France

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Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assaulti
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Daniel Schearf
August 29, 2014 9:30 PM
After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
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Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
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Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
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Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
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Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
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Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
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Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. Shaikh Azizur Rahman reports from Kolkata.

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