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Police officers patrol Times Square in New York City, July 3, 2015.

Video America Celebrates Independence Day

Country's independence from Britain is marked with parades, picnics, fireworks; President Obama will hold 'backyard barbecue' at White House for several hundred military members and families More

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano speaks to reporters outside the Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in Vienna, July 4, 2015.

Video IAEA Head: Iran Nuclear Report Could Be Completed in 2015

US officials in Vienna say international nuclear and sanctions experts are grinding through details of various issues in effort to negotiate final agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear program More

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) leaves after Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) speech on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Dec. 9, 2014.

US Senator McCain in Kabul, Asks US Bases Remain

John McCain suggests US President Barack Obama re-evaluate conditions in Afghanistan, keep open some of military bases beyond 2016 More

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime.

Obama: More to Do to Boost US Economy

Most recent Labor Department report shows US had net gain of 223,000 jobs in June More

FILE - Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong .

Obama to Meet Vietnam's Trong

Nguyen Phu Trong, is first Vietnamese Communist leader to visit US, will be arriving shortly after 40th anniversary of end of Vietnam War More



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July 04, 2015 11:18 AM
Andre Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun, safely touches down in Hawaii after completing record-setting flight halfway across the Pacific from Japan, covering more than 8,000 kilometers and spending nearly 120 hours in the air. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Solar Plane Lands After Record-Breaking Pacific Crossing

Andre Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun, safely touches down in Hawaii after completing record-setting flight halfway across the Pacific from Japan, covering more than 8,000 kilometers and spending nearly 120 hours in the air. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

A replica of the French warship that brought hope to American colonists battling the British in 1780 is in New York as part of Independence Day celebrations. On Saturday, the Hermione replica will join hundreds of vessels passing the Statue of Liberty for an Independence Day parade. VOA's Deborah Block reports on the ship and its relevance.
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Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

People used to buying cheap and unhealthy foods are relearning how to grocery shop by participating in store tours that encourage them to take a healthier approach to buying food, as VOA's Faisa Elmasry reports.
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Video New US Report Has Recommendations to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

Cardiac arrest happens when the heart suddenly stops beating. The majority of people who experience this die, but a U.S. government panel just issued recommendations to improve chances of survival. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
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Video President Obama Announces Reestablishment of US-Cuba Relations

Saying ‘we don't have to be imprisoned by the past,’ President Obama announced the two countries will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this summer.
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Video Obama: Greek Crisis Primarily of Concern to Europe

President Barack Obama says Americans do not have to worry about Greece's financial crisis having a major impact on world markets. Obama addressed the Greek debt at a joint news conference with visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. He expressed confidence that European leaders and the Greek government will find a way to keep the country in the 19-nation common currency zone. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video New Jersey Governor Christie Enters 2016 Presidential Race

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially joined the 2016 presidential race Tuesday, becoming the 14th Republican candidate in what promises to be a long and hard fought campaign for the party nomination next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video Nuclear Talks Deadline Passes With No Deal

After months of intense negotiations, Iran and world powers have missed their self-imposed June 30 deadline for a final deal that restricts Tehran's ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. As VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Vienna, analysts have mixed views on the impact of extending the talks.
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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video In Food Desert, Gleaners Provide Oasis for Needy

More than 23 million Americans live in what are called 'food deserts' - areas lacking easy access to fresh produce. In Washington, D.C., one organization is hoping the ancient practice of “gleaning” can help build a much-needed oasis for people living in those deserts. Janet Weinstein has this report.
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Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
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Video Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Legal Nationwide

Same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide in the United States, after the Supreme Court ruled that America’s constitutional freedoms and protections afford gays and lesbians the right to wed. VOA’s Michael Bowman was at the high court for Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision, which settles, from a legal standpoint, a hard-fought social issue and civil rights battle.
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Video NY Transit Authority Seeks to Bar Ads for Muslim-Themed Film

The New York City transit system is being challenged in court by two Muslim comedians who want to advertise their new film on subways. The Metropolitan Transit Authority says the film contains disputed, pro-Muslim content, and it wants to block the ads, but the plaintiffs say that's a violation of their free-speech rights. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video US Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage

VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from outside the US Supreme Court, where today the court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the country.
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Video Tough Issues Remain as Iran Talks Deadline Looms

More than two years of negotiations on the future of Iran’s nuclear program, and international economic sanctions, face a deadline next Tuesday, with the two sides still reported to be far apart on several key issues. VOA’s Al Pessin previews the talks from London.

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Resolution passes that says Israelis, Palestinians must prosecute alleged crimes; US casts sole dissenting vote
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President is on winning side in nearly all close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on health care, gay marriage
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Video Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg has now beaten the previous longest solo piloting record
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Video 'Expert Groups' Hammering Out Details of Iran Nuclear Deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry says teams have been working 'very hard and very diligently all day in order to maximize progress', still work to do
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Former Senator Jim Webb has added his name to a large list of presidential candidates, this time to a growing list of Democratic contenders
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Former Senator Jim Webb has added his name to a large list of presidential candidates, this time to a growing list of Democratic contenders
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins an already crowded Republican field of candidates vying for the White House today
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Video VOA60 America- June 29, 2015

The hunt for the two escaped convicts from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility is finally over
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Video VOA60 America- June 25, 2015

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upholds the nationwide tax subsidies outlined in the Affordable Care Act
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Video VOA60 America- June 23, 2015

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, called for removal of the confederate flag from statehouse grounds after nine people were gunned down at AME Church last week in Charleston