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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks in Washington in support of legislation, being considered by some Republicans in Congress, that would prevent a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Feb. 26, 2015.

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FILE - A Cuban man wearing a T-shirt with the U.S. flag walks along a street in Havana, Jan. 16, 2015.

Embassy Reopenings Top Americans' List in Cuba Talks

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US Regulators Approve 'Net Neutrality' for Internet Providers

Ruling confirms FCC's new policy of regulating broadband - both fixed and mobile - under Communications Act, which regulates telephone industry like public utility More

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War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israeli
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Luis Ramirez
February 27, 2015 2:27 AM
The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israel

The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. She also discussed the need for economic reconstruction and sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure to help prevent future outbreaks. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video US: IS Losing Ground, Remains 'Formidable'

Top U.S. intelligence officials warn the Islamic State remains a “formidable and brutal threat” even as coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground begin to erode its strength. But there are also indications that the constant bombardment is starting to take a more permanent toll. VOA National Security Reporter Jeff Seldin has more.
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Video Scientists Say Pacific Trash Patch Is Sea of Chemical Sludge

A huge garbage patch in the north Pacific Ocean traps debris from both hemispheres and is a major environmental threat to sea life. Researchers in Honolulu are tracking the trash. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video New Pentagon Chief Goes on International Offensive

His nomination was barely confirmed, but within hours new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was jetting off to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He met with U.S. troops, top officials in the region and vowed to go after militants of the so-called Islamic State, Carter has had plenty of experience having previously served as a top Pentagon official, and experts say on his first trip as Secretary of Defense, Carter was looking for perspective. Carla Babb reports.
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Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
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Video Three Brooklyn Men Charged With Conspiracy to Support IS Group

The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.
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Video US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia's Aggression

French and German leaders still hope to salvage the shaky truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east. But officials in the United States and Britain are accusing Russia of working to further destabilize the region. Zlatica Hoke reports that lawmakers in both countries are discussing how to respond to what they call Russia's aggressive plans.
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Video As Lawmakers Face Off, US Braces for Homeland Security Shutdown

Members of the U.S. Congress are locked in another partisan showdown, this time over a $40 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, known as DHS. House Republicans have linked DHS funding to a measure to block President Barack Obama’s executive action delaying deportations of some undocumented immigrants, a delay Democrats support. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports.
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Video US West Coast Ports Busy, Struggling With Backlog

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since negotiators reached a tentative settlement Friday in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, both sides say with the cargo moving again, they can focus on long-term problems.
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Video Nuclear Negotiators Press Ahead Despite Uncertainty

Iran and the six world powers engaged in negotiations about Iran's nuclear program have agreed to more talks at the political director's level next week, as the two sides work to reach a framework agreement by the end of March. Negotiators announced the new talks Monday as they wrapped up meetings that involved Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Scrap-Metal Separation May Become Cheaper

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States throws 14.8 million tons of scrap metal into landfills every year. One of the main reasons is the difficulty of large-scale separation of non-ferrous metals. Scientists at the University of Utah now say they have solved that problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video 'Theory of Everything' Captures Life of Famous Physicist

The Theory of Everything by filmmaker James Marsh chronicles the life of famous physicist Stephen Hawking from his time as a young and brilliant science student at Cambridge, in 1963, through his physical decline due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The movie is based on the memoir of his first wife, Jane Hawking. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Stocks Soar As Greece Reaches Emergency Loan Deal With Eurozone

Stock markets in the United States hit record highs Friday after Greece and its eurozone creditors agreed in principle on a deal to extend emergency aid to Athens — staving off the threat of imminent bankruptcy. But bigger hurdles lie ahead. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Picket Fence of Super Towers Rises in New York

Prices for high-rise residences in New York City are setting some eye-popping records, reaching as high as $150 million. The buildings are getting taller, too, and the reaction to them from some city residents is becoming more heated. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Obama Calls Chicago's Pullman District a 'Milestone' in US Journey

President Barack Obama and others are trying to preserve U.S. historic sites and ecologically important areas so the lessons of the past can inform future generations. This week, he gave national monument status to the Pullman Historic District in Chicago, where Pullman luxury rail cars were made in the late 1800s and early 1900s. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.

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Dozens of people are injured after a passenger train struck a vehicle in southern California
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