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U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson takes her seat to testify at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 30, 2014.

US Secret Service Director Resigns

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FILE - A sign is seen in front of the Yardville Elementary School in Hamilton Township, N.J., where a 4-year-old student died Thursday.

Respiratory Virus Linked to Four Deaths in US

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Jill Tahmooressi, mother of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi of Weston, Fla., who has been held for six months in a Mexican jail, weeps after reading his letters from confinement and as others recount his heroism in Afghanistan, during a House Foreign Affai

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FILE - Crews from Waste Control Specialists load the first of two containers with low-level radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Los Alamos National Laboratory May Have Incorrectly Disposed of Radioactive Waste

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FILE - A pedestrian walks past U.S. election campaign posters in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Poll: Mostly Economy on US Voters’ Minds

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October 02, 2014 2:19 AM
News that a Texas man was diagnosed with Ebola after returning home from a visit to Liberia has raised new concerns about the spread of the disease. For health workers the stakes are particularly high - more than 120 have died in West Africa since the Ebola outbreak began early this year. In the United States, public health experts are working to reassure the public, and medical workers, that the virus does not endanger communities here. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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Video Ebola Spread Fuels More Fear Among Americans, Africans

News that a Texas man was diagnosed with Ebola after returning home from a visit to Liberia has raised new concerns about the spread of the disease. For health workers the stakes are particularly high - more than 120 have died in West Africa since the Ebola outbreak began early this year. In the United States, public health experts are working to reassure the public, and medical workers, that the virus does not endanger communities here. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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Video Hundreds of California Households Struggle with No Water

California is undergoing its third year of severe drought, and the water shortage is affecting farms, cities, and small communities. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from East Porterville, California, the drought has left hundreds of households in the state's Central Valley without water.
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Video US Waivers Could Send Mixed Signals on Use of Child Soldiers

President Barack Obama has waived restrictions against providing military aid to six countries cited this year for using child soldiers. The countries, mostly in Africa, were among nine listed by the State Department in a June report on human trafficking. The waivers shield six countries from being fully subjected to penalties under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act. As VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports, there is concern that the waivers send out the wrong message.
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Video Obama, Netanyahu Air Views on Palestinians, Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the White House Wednesday and urged President Barack Obama to stand firm against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, while Obama called for a sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Law Professionals Find Passion in Alternate Careers

A large number of lawyers in the U.S. are turning their backs on their legal careers to start a business in another field. VOA’s Julie Taboh profiles a Washington-area lawyer who left his job to venture into a very different but more satisfying career.
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Video Hundreds of California Households Struggle with No Water

California is undergoing its third year of severe drought, and the water shortage is affecting farms, cities, and small communities. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from East Porterville, California, the drought has left hundreds of households in the state's Central Valley without water.
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Video US Culinary School Draws Students from Around the Globe

In 1946, when the American military returned from the World War II, a small vocational culinary institution was established for veterans in the northeastern United States. Today, it is called the Culinary Institute of America - with three campuses in the United States and one in Singapore. More than 12 percent of the student body is from outside the United States. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from its main campus in Hyde Park, New York.
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Video US Professor Unlocks Humor Code

The American author E.B. White once observed, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” That has not deterred a business professor in Colorado, however, who has traveled the world seeking ways to crack the humor code. Not only that, he has taken up an especially challenging task for a scientist -- taking the stage as a stand-up comedian. From Boulder Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports for VOA.
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Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
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Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
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Video At Age 90, Former President Jimmy Carter is Still Going Strong

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday October 1. While not the oldest living president, Carter has set the record for the longest post-presidency of any former occupant of the White House, surpassing Herbert Hoover for the honor in 2012. And he shows no signs of slowing down.
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Video Afghan BSA Signed to Promote Country's Stability

Afghanistan has signed long-delayed security pacts with the United States and NATO to authorize a small international military force in the country after the end of the year. VOA’s Carla Babb has the story.
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Video Secret Service Under Fire After White House Breach

U.S. lawmakers grilled the head of the Secret Service Tuesday, one day after it was revealed the man who breached White House security nearly two weeks ago not only made it past the front door, but deep inside the executive mansion. VOA’s Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Scientists Predict Extreme Weather to Continue Worldwide

From floods to droughts to powerful storms, more people are impacted by extreme weather as the population increases. In Los Angeles, the Aquarium of the Pacific unveiled a tool to educate the public about extreme weather. Elizabeth Lee has more.
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Video State Department Sponsors Global Technology Competition

The Tech-I competition is an annual global competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department in partnership with American Association for the Advancement of Science, to foster innovation and entrepreneurship around the world. More than 500 teams from 61 countries participated in this year’s Tech-I competition. VOA's Hamed Behravan reports.
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Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
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Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
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Video After UNGA, Obama Issues Second Call for Global Effort on Ebola

President Barack Obama is again calling on global cooperation to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, delivering the message at Friday's Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
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Video US Economy Rebounds Faster Than Expected in Second Quarter

The Commerce Department says the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than two years - growing at an annualized rate of 4.6 percent from April through June. That’s a positive sign for the rest of the year, after a disastrous first quarter saw the country’s domestic output shrink by more than two percent. Some economists say it’s a sure sign the U.S. economy is on the mend, but others say it’s too soon to celebrate. Mil Arcega has more.
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Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.

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VOA60 America - October 1, 2014i
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October 01, 2014 5:29 PM
A man in Texas has been confirmed to be the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States
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A man in Texas has been confirmed to be the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States
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The head of the United States Secret Service Julia Pierson faces tough questioning before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a rock star reception at Madison Square Garden in New York City
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Video VOA60 America - September 25, 2014

United Nations Security Council unanimously passes resolution cracking down on the flow of foreign fighters to militant organizations such as the Islamic State group
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President Barack Obama addressed airstrikes by the United States and a group of five Arab countries carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria

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