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June 01, 2015 8:49 PM
One hundred years ago, a new brand of kitchenware named Pyrex entered the American market, firmly imprinting its name into the psyche of consumers. It is still being manufactured while the early models are now collectors’ items. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Heat-resistant Glassware Celebrates 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, a new brand of kitchenware named Pyrex entered the American market, firmly imprinting its name into the psyche of consumers. It is still being manufactured while the early models are now collectors’ items. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Texas Floods Test Agencies' Ability to Coordinate in Emergency

The recent floods in Texas have demonstrated the value of emergency management systems to coordinate the efforts of local, state and federal government agencies as well as private relief groups. VOA’s Greg Flakus filed this report from Houston on how the system worked during recent flooding.
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Video UN Appeals For $500 Million to Fund Aid In Iraq

The United Nations will launch an appeal this week at the European Parliament for $500 million to support humanitarian aid operations in Iraq. U.N. officials say the existing programs in Iraq are running out of funds at a time when many more Iraqis are getting displaced and need help. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Legends of the Blues

As blues legend BB King is laid to rest in his hometown, Indianola, Mississippi, fans around the world are keeping his legacy and his music alive. Some of the musicians who played with King and other notable performers put out a recording under the name Original Legends of the Blues. Meet them and hear their music in this report written, narrated and directed by VOA Houston correspondent Greg Flakus.
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Video Rescue Teams Try to Save Wildlife Affected by California Oil Spill

Dead animals have been found almost daily since a pipeline failed May 19, releasing thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean and beaches of central California, but rescue workers are trying their best to save stricken creatures. From SeaWorld San Diego, the primary care facility for mammals covered in oil, VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Asia

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard, right, visits with Rohingya migrants at a temporary shelter in Kuala Cangkoi, Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia, June 2, 2015.

Myanmar Escorting 700 Migrants on Boat to 'Safe' Location

Office of Myanmar's president says hundreds of migrants aboard ship abandoned by smugglers have been given food and water and have expressed preference to go to Bangladesh More

Africa

FILE - People inspect houses damaged in Saturday's rocket-propelled grenades by Islamic extremist in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 31, 2015.

Boko Haram Stages New Assault on Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari announced plans to move command of military operations against Islamist extremists to Maiduguri, which is known as group's stronghold More

Americas

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner speaks during a ceremony in celebration of Indian Arrival Day organized, in Chaguanas, Trinidad, May 29, 2015.

Blatter Disgraced FIFA, Says Former VP Warner

Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday after he was granted bail, according to local media More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York.

Comedian Tracy Morgan Says Needs More Time After 2014 Crash

Morgan, 46, suffered a serious brain injury, several broken bones in crash on New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair More

Europe

FILE - A women enters the four-story building known as the "troll factory"  in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 19, 2015.

Ex-Kremlin Internet 'Troll' Sues to End Putin Propaganda

Lyudmila Savchuk told AP how she, hundreds of colleagues managed social media accounts, flooding Internet with pro-Putin commentary that landed on Russian, Western news websites More

Economy & Business

FILE - A European Union flag (L) flutters next to a Greek flag on the facade of the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens.

Greece Submits Draft Bailout Plan, Creditors Say Not Enough

Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras says the ball was now in Europe's court to prevent the potential breakup of the European Union More

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