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President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 31, 2015.

Obama Tells Arctic Conference Global Warming Threat is Now

President says 'urgent and growing' threat of climate change 'will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other' More

FILE - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets a spectator at a Fourth of July parade, July 4, 2015, in Gorham, New Hampshire.

State Department Releasing More Clinton Emails

Department releases another 7,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate's emails, sent and received when she was secretary of state More

FILE - Police officer demonstrates on-body camera for media in Los Angeles, California.

LAPD Issues Body Cameras to Patrol Division

Move comes one day after mayor of Milwaukee proposes spending $880,000 to equip his city's entire force of 1,200 patrol officers with body cameras More

FILE - Terry Lee Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, Aug. 31, 2015.

US Sentences Man for Attempted Airport Blast

Terry Lee Loewen, who worked at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, pleaded guilty attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction More

This undated photo provided by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office shows Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth, who was fatally shot Aug. 28, 2015.

Suspect in Execution-style Shooting of Texas Lawman Held Without Bail

Officials say Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth was at a gas station Friday night when a gunman shot him in the back of the head More


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Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?i
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August 30, 2015 8:57 PM
A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.
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Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.
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Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule

U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports from Washington.
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Video Hurricane Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.
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Video Ten Years After Katrina, Tourists Now Flood New Orleans

New Orleans has long been an international tourist attraction, but tourism was disrupted for many months after Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Tourism rebounded along with the city’s infrastructure and today, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, it is a major part of a thriving economy.
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Video New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood

New Orleans is marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the low-elevation city. Studies have shown that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to build levees strong enough to withstand the surge of storm water. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, the new levees are much stronger
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Video Immigrant Students Not Worried About Immigration Battle

There is a boisterous debate raging in the U.S. presidential campaign over immigration -- sparked by the leading Republican candidate -- Donald Trump who wants 11 million illegal immigrants deported. But a group of undocumented college students in New York City, who are temporarily protected from deportation, put the issue into a different perspective. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports from New York City.
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Video Obama Hails New Orleans Recovery

President Barack Obama has called New Orleans an example of what Americans can achieve when they work together. In a speech Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern city, he praised efforts to rebuild New Orleans, but said more can be done to help its disadvantaged communities. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate

The depredations of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq against monuments, archaeological treasures and thousands of innocent people have drawn outrage from around the world. No group has suffered more than the religious minority known as Yazidis, and an American student who spent time with them in Iraq has become a champion of their cause. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.
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Video Iran Nuclear Deal Becomes a US Campaign Issue

A recent opinion poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that voters in three crucial battleground states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania overwhelmingly oppose the Obama administration-backed international nuclear deal with Iran. As VOA’s Cindy Saine reports, the candidates vying to win their parties’ nominations for the 2016 presidential race are taking notice, and staking out their own positions.
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Video Influx of Money and Young People Boosts New Orleans Economy

Ten years after a devastating flood covered much of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the southern port city is spending millions of dollars to upgrade infrastructure to support thriving industries and new entrepreneurial ventures. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, an influx of young, educated people has helped the city’s revival.
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Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Joe Biden Expected to Announce Run for President

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is widely expected to announce his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. His Republican opponents as well as fellow Democrats welcome the seasoned politician into the race, but for now few see him as a serious competitor. On the Republican side, billionaire Donald Trump continues to dictate the political agenda with former Florida governor Jeb Bush making an effort to catch up. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
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Video Some Stocks Rebound as China Worries Continue

U.S. stocks rebounded briefly Tuesday following a chaotic day in stock markets around the world. Analysts say worries that China’s economy may be in bigger trouble than first thought led to the recent rout in global stocks. But by Tuesday, bargain-hunting investors were back, and China’s central bank introduced additional steps to boost its weakening economy. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Teen Develops Handgun Unlocked by Fingerprint

The United States has the highest civilian firearm ownership rate in the world, and a recent study ranked it in the top tier of countries in public mass shooters per capita. In fact, in the first 204 days of this year, there were 204 mass shootings in the United States -- attacks in which four or more people were killed or injured.
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Video Wildfires Continue to Rage in West

Wildfires have been raging in the western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California forcing thousands of residents from their homes. Officials are hoping to contain the flames before they reach industrial sites and produce toxic fumes. Three firefighters have died in the effort. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Americans Lauded for Stopping Train Attack

Three Americans and a British man are being lauded in France for overpowering a heavily armed gunman on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. VOA's Jeff Custer reports from Washington.
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Video Cartel Land Offers Front Row Seat to US-Mexico Drug War

Matthew Heineman’s documentary Cartel Land is made of the stuff we watch in Western movies. Only, this narrative is for real. Two vigilante groups, one in the United States, the other in Mexico, fight a common enemy: drug cartels. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Off-beat Candidates Take Center Stage in US Election Campaign

Two unusual candidates, one Republican and one Democrat, dominate the early stages of the U.S. presidential campaign. It is far too early to predict who will be the candidates facing off in the 2016 election. But the attention surrounding businessman Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders signals that American voters are tired of the current state of political affairs. Zlatica Hoke reports.

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Federal appeals court will consider Monday whether California's death row is arbitrary and unfair system
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President says 'urgent and growing' threat of climate change 'will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other'
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White House: Mt. McKinley to be Renamed Denali

The announcement came as Obama prepared to depart early Monday on a three-day visit to Alaska
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Report: US Preparing Sanctions Over Alleged Chinese Cybertheft

Punitive measures could include asset freezes, blocking of financial transactions of those US deems involved in cyberattacks, The Washington Post reports, quoting administration officials
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Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

With an extensive political resume, plain-spoken and long-winded, Vice President Joe Biden is no stranger to the campaign trail
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Serena Williams Aims for Rare Tennis Grand Slam

The 33-year-old American, with the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies already on her crowded mantle, will be gunning to complete the first season's sweep of the slams since German Steffi Graf in 1988
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Baseball Fan Falls to Death at Atlanta Braves Game

Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell close to area where players' wives and families sit; police don't suspect foul play in accident
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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist, 'Awakenings' Author, Dies at 82

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