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August 30, 2014 10:57 PM
New York immigration activists are calling on President Barack Obama to unilaterally end deportations and allow undocumented immigrants to work legally by the end of the summer. Daniela Schrier has more from New York.
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Video Activists Urge President to Act Alone on Immigration

New York immigration activists are calling on President Barack Obama to unilaterally end deportations and allow undocumented immigrants to work legally by the end of the summer. Daniela Schrier has more from New York.
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Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
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Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Polish Ghetto

When the Nazi army moved into the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
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Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
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Video Obama: No Strategy Yet on Islamic State Threat

President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet on how to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and will send Secretary of State John Kerry to the region to build a coalition. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
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Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

The United States is preparing to extend its reach in the effort to contain the group known as the Islamic State. Officials say Washington will do what it needs to do in order to protect American citizens. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Search for Positive Change in Ferguson

A grand jury in Missouri continues to hear evidence in a case involving the fatal shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson on August 9th. The shooting of Michael Brown, of which eyewitnesses give differing accounts, touched off days of violent demonstrations, resulting in more than 100 arrests. From Ferguson, VOA's Chris Simkins reports life is slowly returning to normal as people look for ways to bring positive change to the community.
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Video Texas-Based Nigerian Filmmaker Explores Tardiness as Cultural Rift

Many Africans have left their homelands to find opportunities abroad, but they carry with them cultural traditions that can create problems. One example is tardiness, an issue tackled by Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke, who makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.
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Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
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Video 'Next Generation Leaders' Head Home After US Experience

Nine young people from around the world have been spending the past year in the United States -- learning the ins and outs of local government. They’re the first participants in a “Next Generation Leaders” program, run by a Washington-based policy institute. VOA’s Ia Meurmishvili attended their recent graduation ceremony, and has this report.
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Video Slain Missouri Teen's Funeral Draws Thousands

Thousands of people from across the country gathered Monday in the midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri to say goodbye to the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer during a street confrontation in nearby Ferguson. Differing eyewitnesses accounts touched off days of violent protests, which resulted in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from St. Louis.
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Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.
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Video Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expand Military Action Against Islamic State

Several congressional leaders are calling for expanded U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets, saying the murder of American journalist James Foley marks a turning point in assessing the threat posed by the militant network. VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington about the increasing pressure on President Barack Obama to consider strikes in Syria, as well as Iraq.
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Video Interactive Program Teaches About Plants

A special program created by the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington gives young students a hands-on opportunity to learn about plants and the importance they play in our day-to-day lives. VOA reporter Julie Taboh recently followed a group of area school children as they discovered what it is like to be a botanist for a day.
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Video Calls for Justice Grow as Ferguson Violence Fades

Calls for justice are growing louder in the embattled St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as violent protests give way to peaceful demonstrations. The unrest began after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager August 9 after a confrontation on a neighborhood street. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has the latest from Ferguson.
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Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Analysts Warn United Iraqi Effort Needed Against Islamic State Militants

While terrorism experts around the globe knew of the Islamic State militants in Syria -- also known as "ISIL" or "ISIS" -- they were taken aback at its rapid success in Iraq in recent months. ISIL used savvy messaging and political deal brokering to gain partners and take over a large territory. As VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports, regional security analysts say unified efforts are needed to counter the militants' message and stop their momentum.

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Mother of journalist Steven Sotloff pleads for his release from Islamic State militant custody
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Mother of journalist Steven Sotloff pleads for his release from Islamic State militant custody
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Defense Secretary Hagel says 7 European nations have joined the U.S. in giving arms to Kurdish forces to combat Islamic State militants
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President Barack Obama authorizes surveillance flights over Syria; Billy Crystal gives moving tribute to Robin Williams
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Northern California hit by worst earthquake in 25 years; journalist detained for 2 years in Syria released
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls threat posed by Islamic State militants "beyond anything we have seen."

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