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April 02, 2015 4:06 AM
Environmentalists warn the world is facing serious water shortages and the United States is no exception. While parts of the country may get too much snow and rain, that is not the case in the southwest. California has been dealing with the effects of drought for more than two years. The state governor has ordered a mandatory reduction of water usage to prevent waste. The state is also looking into new technologies that will make California more drought resistant. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Cuts

Environmentalists warn the world is facing serious water shortages and the United States is no exception. While parts of the country may get too much snow and rain, that is not the case in the southwest. California has been dealing with the effects of drought for more than two years. The state governor has ordered a mandatory reduction of water usage to prevent waste. The state is also looking into new technologies that will make California more drought resistant. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Another Asian-American Comedy Back on American TV

It’s been two decades since an American television show featured an Asian-American family. So it’s not surprising that Asian-American viewers are excited about the new situation-comedy Fresh Off the Boat, on the ABC network. As VOA's Carolyn Weaver reports from New York, the show is about a Taiwanese-American boy and his family.
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Video Stockton Community, Police, Work to Improve Relations

Relations are tense between minority communities and police departments around the United States following police shootings that have generated widely-publicized protests. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Stockton, California, where police and community groups are working toward solutions, with backing from Washington.
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Video Latin American Groups Seek Fans at Texas Music Festival

Latin American music groups played all over Austin, Texas, during the recent South by Southwest festival, and some made fans out of locals as well as people from around the world who had come to hear music. Such exposure can boost such groups' image back home. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
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The rift between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put a spotlight on the importance of the American leader’s personal relationships with other world leaders and what role such friendships play in foreign policy. VOA's Aru Pande reports.
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Video US Homeowners, Utility Companies Clash Over Rooftop Solar

Solar energy production in the U.S. continues to grow at a rate of 60 percent a year. But as more and more homeowners adopt solar energy, some others are complaining that the trend unfairly shifts the cost of maintaining the nation's electrical grid to nonsolar customers. VOA's Jeff Swicord reports.
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Video Indiana Controversy Highlights Divergent Meanings of Religious Freedom

Indiana’s state government has triggered a nationwide controversy by approving a law that critics say is aimed at allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians. The controversy stems from divergent notions of religious freedom in America. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Report: State of Black America a 'Tale of Two Nations'

The National Urban League has described this year's "State of Black America" report as a "tale of two nations." The group's annual report, released earlier this month (March), found that under an equality index African Americans had only 72% parity compared to whites in areas such as education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement. It’s a gap that educators and students at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College are looking to close. VOA's Daniela Schrier reports from the school.
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Video Washington DC Has First Marijuana Seed Exchange

It is now legal in Washington, D.C. for people 21 and older to possess marijuana for recreational use. People are allowed to have a small amount of the drug, and to share it with others. But they can't smoke it in public, or buy it or sell it. Washington residents are allowed to grow up to six plants for their personal use in their homes -- so to help marijuana users grow their own plants, a local pro-cannabis group recently held two marijuana seed exchanges. VOA's Deborah Block reports.
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Video Virginia Tavern Takes Patrons Back to Medieval Times

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Video Accord Within Reach at Iran Talks

((INTRO)) Negotiators from six countries, including the U.S. Secretary of State and Iran’s foreign minister, are working against a midnight Tuesday deadline to reach the framework of a deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb and to end international sanctions against the country. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.
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Video Asians' Musical Mix Applauded at Texas Festival

At the annual South by Southwest music festival last week in Austin, Texas, Asian groups were well-represented, playing rock, pop and hip hop. Some of these groups used traditional instruments and a mix of modern and ancient sounds. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
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Video Unprecedented Numbers of Starving California Sea Lion Pups Found on Beaches

Since the beginning of the year, unusually large numbers of California sea lion pups have been found on the beaches of Southern and Central California. The animals are starving and stranded on the beaches. As scientists investigate this phenomenon, rescue workers along the coast are working to save these pups. Elizabeth Lee reports from one rescue operation in San Diego, California.
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Video Study: American Muslims Rarely Commit Terrorism

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, authorities have worried that Muslims living in the United States might become radicalized and engage in terrorism on home soil. Recently, the group known as the "Islamic State" urged sympathizers to kill people it named on a hit list of U.S. military personnel. But a study by several universities in North Carolina found that American Muslims on the whole have been unmoved by such appeals. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports from Raleigh,
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Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

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Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
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Video Drop in Prices Delays Midwest Shale Oil Production

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Video Afghan Leader Maps Path Forward to US Lawmakers

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