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Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program

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Lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess without addressing the NSA’s snooping capabilities More

A member of the Boy Scouts of America runs through graves while placing U.S. flags at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York May 23, 2015. The annual "Flags-In" ceremony is held ahead of Memorial Day to honor the nation's fallen members of

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President Barrack Obama used his weekly address to commemorate Memorial Day, pay tribute to men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to country More

FILE - Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, April 16, 2015.

Multimedia US Officials Criticize Iraqi Troops After Fall of Ramadi

Ash Carter criticizes Iraq's reaction to Islamic State; National Security Advisor Susan Rice echoed Carter's concerns in an interview on CBS More

Protesters are escorted to a bus for transport after getting arrested after protesting the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Judge acquits police officer who fired the last 15 of 137 rounds police shot at suspects during high-speed car chase More

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1997 file photo, John Forbes Nash, 1994 Economics Nobel Prize winner, takes a break during the European School of Economics conference in Rome.

Nobel Winner John Nash Killed in US Car Crash

The 86-year-old Nash and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday when the driver of the taxi they were riding in lost control of the cab on the New Jersey Turnpike More



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Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
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May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
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Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
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Video Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program

This week, a US spy agency is reportedly winding down its collection of Americans’ telephone records after Congress failed to reform or extend the once-secret program that expires June 1.
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Video 71 Protesters Arrested After Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted

A total of 71 people have been arrested in the central U.S. city of Cleveland during protests following the acquittal of a white policeman in the shooting deaths of two unarmed blacks in 2012.
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Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
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Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.
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Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
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Video Battlefield Gains for IS Raise Fears of Assault on Baghdad

Reports from Syria say the so-called Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has seized the last government-held border crossing to Iraq. It’s the latest in a series of territorial gains for the group, and there are mounting fears that it could soon launch an assault on the Iraqi capital. Henry Ridgwell looks at how Islamic State continues to fight on several fronts against coalition and government forces.
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Video Effort Underway to Limit Damage from California Oil Spill

Cleanup crews are working around the clock to remove oil from the waters off the coastal city of Santa Barbara, in California. About 380,000 liters of oil may have leaked out before a rupture in an onshore, underground pipeline was discovered Tuesday. The environmental disaster hit the popular West Coast resort area before the Memorial Day weekend. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports investigators have yet to determine what caused the incident.
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Video Debate Ignites Over Government Benefits, Training for Displaced Workers

As debate intensifies over whether to give Congress and the president the ability to "fast-track" proposed free trade agreements with Pacific and European countries, many Democrats and labor unions continue to champion a little-known program that provides financial assistance to American workers laid off as a result of increased international competition. Conservatives say the Trade Adjustment Assistance program should be abolished. A former steel worker disagrees. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.
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Video Obama Reassures US Jews That Iran Will Not Get Nuke

President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that Iran must not be allowed to get a nuclear weapon “under any circumstances.” He spoke during a visit to a Washington synagogue that is being seen as an effort to reassure American Jews about his commitment to Israel. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video White House: No Plans to Send US Ground Troops to Iraq

Despite the Islamic State militant group’s taking this week of Iraqi city Ramadi and Syria’s Palmyra - the White House has made clear President Barack Obama has no plans to send U.S. troops into the region to “re-invade Iraq or invade Syria.” VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Kandal province.
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Video US Lawmakers Debate Strategy After IS Gains

Islamic State militants have made significant gains in recent days, following temporary setbacks inflicted by coalition air strikes on their positions. The radical Islamist group seized the historic Syrian city of Palmyra Thursday just days after capturing Ramadi in Iraq. Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are calling for greater U.S. military engagement against Islamic State, but the Obama administration rejects that strategy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video One Woman’s Vision to Eradicate Poverty a Family at a Time

When Albina du Boisrouvray was confronted with one of life’s most difficult losses – the death of her only child – she turned her grief into something positive: she created a legacy for her son by helping people around the world out of poverty in his name. VOA’s Margaret Besheer has her story.
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Video Presidential Election Campaigning Underway in Iowa

Although the November 2016 presidential election is over a year and half away, campaigning to choose party nominees is already underway in Iowa - a key state because it holds a party caucus early in the election season. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh caught up with some of the presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, and talked with voters who are sizing up the candidates.
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Video Race Headlines Drive Curriculum in St. Louis Classroom

Violence and unrest across the country in response to deaths in police custody — as well as police-involved shooting deaths — is more than just a trending news item for students at Ladue Middle School near St. Louis Missouri. It’s the central focus of one class designed to engage students in open discussion about police brutality and racial tensions. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more.
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Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
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Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.
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Video Youngest Mayor in Maryland Works to Draw Business to Small Town

The youngest mayor in Maryland's history was sworn in this week - and swears his first priority is to bring business back to the small town of Indian Head, Maryland. Nineteen-year-old Brandon Paulin replaced the 69-year-old mayor, promising the town’s 4,000 residents he would work to get the boarded-up storefronts open and running again. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

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Shi'ite Muslim militia, government forces launch counter-attack against insurgents in their first attempt to retake the city since it fell to extremist group one week ago
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US Senate Blocks House Bill on Domestic Surveillance

Vote leaves June 1 deadline in limbo, as Majority leader McConnell, who strongly opposed House version, says Senate will return May 31 to discuss it again
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Ignition defect could mean record fine, surpassing that paid by Toyota
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The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that gives Congress the ability to review a developing nuclear deal with Iran
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The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that gives Congress the ability to review a developing nuclear deal with Iran
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Executives from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo accepted an award for courage from an American chapter of the literary organization PEN at its annual fundraising gala amid controversy
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The Islamic State militant group is claiming responsibility for Sunday's attack at a convention center outside Dallas, Texas, where a contest for cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad was taking place
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Hundreds gathered in front of Baltimore's city hall Sunday for a peaceful demonstration after the mayor lifted the citywide overnight curfew
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Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says her office has “probable cause” to charge six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray