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Fast Track Trade Bill Opens Economic, Political Divisionsi
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Mil Arcega
April 18, 2015 12:00 AM
U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their ability to make changes once agreement is reached. Trade officials say the bill would help President Barack Obama realize his so called “Asia pivot,” but as Mil Arcega reports, it also sets the stage for economic and political divisions at home.
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Video Fast Track Trade Bill Opens Economic, Political Divisions

U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their ability to make changes once agreement is reached. Trade officials say the bill would help President Barack Obama realize his so called “Asia pivot,” but as Mil Arcega reports, it also sets the stage for economic and political divisions at home.
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Video Teen Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business. Bree may not have the experience, but as Faiza Elmasry tells us, she has more than enough enthusiasm and support. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Video Congressman Calls for Funding Body Cameras for US Law Enforcement

The recent shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in South Carolina has prompted new calls for the use of body cameras by US law enforcement. US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is sponsoring legislation in Congress to make this a reality. In a recent interview with HashtagVOA, Cleaver said his bill has wide support in both chambers of Congress. VOA’s Doug Bernard has more.
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Video At Brooklyn 'Free School,' Students Control Their Education

The democratic or “free school” movement, in which children have an equal say in school governance, and choose how to spend their days - whether in study or play - began more than 100 years ago. Today, there are several hundred such private schools scattered around the world, in countries as different as South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, Brazil and Colombia. By far, most are in the U.S. VOA's Carolyn Weaver visited the 11-year-old private Brooklyn Free School in New York.
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Video Clinton Campaign a Mix of Strengths and Challenges

Back in 2008, Hillary Clinton’s presidential dreams came crashing to earth amid the bucolic rolling farmland of Iowa. Clinton finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses behind eventual President Barack Obama and John Edwards and never really recovered. Jim Malone reports.
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Video US Maternity Leave Benefits Much Less Than Many Countries

It was almost 20 years ago that representatives of 189 countries met at a UN conference in Beijing and adopted a plan of action to achieve gender equality around the world. Now, two decades later, the University of California Los Angeles World Policy Analysis Center has issued a report examining what the Beijing Platform for Action has achieved. From Los Angeles, Elizabeth Lee has more.
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Video Protester Lands Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn

A 61-year-old mailman from Florida landed a small aircraft on the Capitol lawn in Washington to bring attention to campaign finance reform and what he says is government corruption. Wednesday's incident was one in a string of security breaches on U.S. government property. Zlatica Hoke reports the gyrocopter landing violated a no-fly zone.
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Video Apollo 13, NASA's 'Successful Failure,' Remembered

The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 was supposed to be NASA's third manned trip to the moon, but it became much more. On the flight's 45th anniversary, astronauts and flight directors gathered at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to talk about how the aborted mission changed manned spaceflight and continues to influence space exploration today. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Badly Burned Ukrainian Boy Bravely Fights Back

A 9-year-old Ukrainian boy has returned to his native country after intensive treatment in the United States for life-threatening burns. Volodia Bubela, burned in a house fire almost a year ago, battled back at a Boston hospital, impressing doctors with his bravery. Faith Lapidus narrates this report from VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko.
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Video Sidemen to Famous Blues Artists Record Their Own CD

Legendary blues singer BB King was briefly hospitalized last week and the 87-year-old “King of the Blues” may not be touring much anymore. But some of the musicians who have played with him and other blues legends have now released their own CD in an attempt to pass the torch to younger fans... and put their own talents out front as well. VOA’s Greg Flakus has followed this project over the past year and filed this report from Houston.
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Video Maternal Diabetes Linked to Autism Risk

When a pregnant woman develops diabetes during the first 26 weeks of gestation, her baby has an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Endangered Hawaiian Birds Get Second Chance

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers - tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Obama Pledges US Aid for Ebola Recovery Efforts

President Barack Obama is pledging more U.S. assistance to nations of West Africa as they recover from the devastating Ebola epidemic. The pledge came Wednesday, when Obama hosted the leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at the White House. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Foreign Delegation on US Tour to Fight Extremism

President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have discussed efforts to fight Islamic State militants. However, another effort to combat the group’s violent extremism is underway at the State Department. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Mother, Son Coauthor Children’s Book on Autism

Eighteen-year-old Burnie Rollinson has Asperger's syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder. People with Aspergers have difficulty with communication, eye contact and maintaining relationships. His mother has - for a long time - wanted to write a book to help people better understand the feelings of children with autism. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, she has now published If You Were Me, with illustrations on each page by her son.
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Video US Senate Panel Approves Legislation on Nuclear Deal With Iran

A U.S. Senate panel has approved legislation that would give Congress a right to vote on a possible deal with Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for sanctions relief. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on the bill Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise on the measure. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Obama Cites Progress in Islamic State Fight in Talks With Iraqi PM

Months after he ordered airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, President Barack Obama says progress is being made, with a quarter of the territory taken by the militant group now back under control of the Iraqi government. During talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Obama praised the Iraqi leader’s effort to unify Iraqis around an inclusive government. VOA's Aru Pande reports.
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Video Americans Struggle to Get Families Out Amid Yemen Conflict

Foreigners in Yemen are scrambling to get out, as clashes between government forces and the Houthi militia intensify, and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition pounds the country with airstrikes. Victoria Macchi reports from New York on what some American families are doing to help their loved ones in Yemen, including filing a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Video Annual Los Angeles River Cleanup Highlights Scarce Resource: Water

The annual cleanup of the Los Angeles River by thousands of volunteers has a special meaning this year because of California's continuing drought. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, the community effort that takes place on three Saturdays in April highlights a precious resource that is increasingly becoming scarce.
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Video Advocates Rally for Gender Pay Parity, New Legislation

In 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, but more than 50 years later, gender pay inequality still continues. On Tuesday, Equal Pay Day, advocates and supporters in New York gathered to call for action. VOA's Daniela Schrier reports.

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VOA60 America April 13 2015i
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April 13, 2015 6:00 PM
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination for President in 2016.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination for President in 2016.
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President Barack Obama is in Panama for the Summit of Americas, where he plans to meet on the sidelines with Cuba's leader Raul Castro
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Six Greenpeace activists have climbed aboard a Shell oil rig to protest the company’s plan to drill in the Arctic near Alaska.
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Video VOA60 America- April 6, 2015

The US and Iran have established a framework that represents an unprecedented agreement on nuclear power and a landmark in US-Iranian relations
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President Barack Obama defended a framework nuclear deal reached with Iran