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Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting march through the St. Louis Galleria mall chanting slogans, in Richmond Heights, Missouri, Nov. 28, 2014.

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VIDEO: When President Obama visited Standing Rock Native American Reservation earlier this year, he praised Sioux tribal leaders’ efforts to revitalize their Lakota language. Now the White House is preparing to host more than 500 tribal representatives for an annual conference on December 3. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more.

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Black Friday Not Indicative of Healthy Economyi
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Mil Arcega
November 28, 2014 8:51 PM
It’s Black Friday again in the United States, so-called because the first Friday after Thanksgiving not only marks the first day of the holiday shopping season -- it’s also the day many retailers hope to start moving into the black - as in profits. This year, the sales and the deep discounts started early with retailers hoping to take advantage of improving consumer sentiment and pent-up demand. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.
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Video Black Friday Not Indicative of Healthy Economy

It’s Black Friday again in the United States, so-called because the first Friday after Thanksgiving not only marks the first day of the holiday shopping season -- it’s also the day many retailers hope to start moving into the black - as in profits. This year, the sales and the deep discounts started early with retailers hoping to take advantage of improving consumer sentiment and pent-up demand. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.
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Video Calm in Ferguson, Protests Elsewhere

The streets of the Midwestern U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, are calmer, following several nights of unrest over a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer in the death of a black teenager. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes us from Ferguson to protests in other cities around the country and elsewhere in the world.
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Video Native Americans Work to Keep Language Alive

When President Obama visited Standing Rock Native American Reservation earlier this year, he praised Sioux tribal leaders’ efforts to revitalize their Lakota language. Now the White House is preparing to host more than 500 tribal representatives for an annual conference on December 3. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from Standing Rock.
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Video Online Magazine Gets Kids Discussing Big Questions

Teen culture in America is often criticized for being superficial. But an online magazine has been encouraging some teenagers to explore deeper issues, and rewarding their efforts. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to this year’s Kidspirit awards ceremony in New York.
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Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

Throughout the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama has urged calm, restraint and respect for the rule of law. But the events in Ferguson have prompted him to call — more openly than he has before — for profound changes to end the racism and distrust that he believes still exists between whites and blacks in the United States. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Future Uncertain for Asian Immigrants Facing Deportation in US

In the debate about immigration in the United States, one group often overlooked is the estimated 1.3 million illegal immigrants from Asia. President Barack Obama’s recent executive order can provide a temporary reprieve from deportation to about 400,000 of these people, but for many more, the future is uncertain. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video Chinese Tourism to US Expected to Grow

San Francisco is a major stop for Chinese visitors, and an agreement between China and the United States, announced in Beijing this month (in November), promises to draw even more Chinese tourists to US destinations. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan spent a day in San Francisco, California, with some visitors from China to learn why they are coming.
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Video US Community Kicks Off Thanksgiving With Parade

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday whose roots go back to the country's earliest days as a British colony. One way Americans celebrate the occasion is with parades. Anush Avetisyan takes us to one such event on the day before Thanksgiving near Washington, where a community's diversity is on display. Joy Wagner narrates
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Video Pentagon Says 'Business as Usual' After Hagel Resignation

The Pentagon is making assurances that it's “business as usual” following Monday's resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has this report narrated by Carolyn Presutti on some of the challenges that will face Hagel's successor.
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Video Holiday Shopping Erodes Thanksgiving Tradition, Many Say

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, a time when family and friends share a hearty meal and express gratitude for the things they have. But in recent years, more retailers have begun using the day to get a head start on the holiday shopping season, and Thanksgiving traditionalists aren't happy about it. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Sierra Leonean in US Sends Medical Supplies Home to Combat Ebola

On Thanksgiving day in the United States, Americans give thanks for their blessings. Among them is Bobby Smith, who emigrated to here 25 years ago from Sierra Leone. To give back, three years ago Smith began a small volunteer organization, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, to help the disadvantaged in his homeland -- one of the poorest countries in the world. As VOA’s Deborah Block reports, he now is sending medical supplies to help combat Ebola, which continues to devastate Sierra Leone.
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Video Efforts Underway to Reduce Confrontations Between Police and Young African Americans

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 9 touched off days of unrest and racial tension in the suburb outside Saint Louis. The incident also highlighted the problem of racial animosity between police and Ferguson's African American community. Now, some African-Americans parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.
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Video Protests Reveal Lingering Racial Divisions in US

Americans are divided over a grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Some are angered by what they see as injustice toward African Americans, while others call for respect for the legal process. The shooting death in Ferguson has brought to the surface unresolved racial tensions that still exist in this country. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Ferguson Remains Tense in Wake of Decision in Teen's Shooting

National Guard troops continue to stand guard in Ferguson, Missouri, after violent protests followed the announcement that a grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The racially charged case in which Wilson, a white local policeman, killed the unarmed black teen triggered demonstrations around the country. VOA’s Victoria Macchi reports.
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Video Group Advocates Dimming Lights to Reclaim Night Sky

For a really good look at the night sky, stay out of the city. Artificial light — from street lamps, buildings, signs and cars — diminishes visibility of the nighttime sky. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble joins an advocate for darker skies in Washington, D.C., where his group wants to dim the lights for people's health and the health of the planet.
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Video Ferguson Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict

A decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of African American teenager Michael Brown resulted in more violence and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more on how despite pleas from community leaders, the reaction was anything but peaceful.
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Video Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debated

US Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the US will provide Ukraine with lethal aid. He commented before wrapping up a visit to Ukraine that included talks with President Petro Poroshenko. But the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department says the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Rights Advocates, Pioneers Honored by Presidential Medals

Even as the United States continues to struggle with civil rights and racial equality, several civil rights pioneers were honored with the highest U.S. civilian awards on Monday. President Barack Obama presented Medals of Freedom to 19 civilians who have made significant contributions to make the United States a more just, secure and culturally diverse country. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Ferguson Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict

President Barack Obama comments on the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Video US Defense Secretary Resigns

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from office. Some media reports say Hagel's decision to resign was made under pressure but others suggest he was frustrated with the Obama administration's national security policies. VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.

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November 28, 2014 5:39 PM
Tensions eased in Ferguson Missouri following two nights of violence
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Tensions eased in Ferguson Missouri following two nights of violence
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Video VOA60 America- November 27, 2014

Protests in Ferguson calmer, State Department condemns Syrian government attack on Raqqa, U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving
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Demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed 18 year old Michael Brown.
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Video VOA60 America- November 25, 2014

A Missouri grand jury has decided to not indict officer Darren Wilson on any of five possible charges for the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9th.
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Video VOA60 America- November 24, 2014

President Barack Obama announces Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from his position

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