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Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the ALBA summit about Ebola in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

Lawmaker Blasts US Participation in Cuba Ebola Meeting

Mario Diaz-Balart said ALBA, which chaired the meeting, 'was created solely to oppose US interests' and US participation was 'ludicrous' More

Video Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Elections

Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats More

FILE - A fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag.

American Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge After Failed Bid to Join IS

While visiting Lebanon in May, North Carolina native Donald Morgan attempted to travel to Syria through Turkey, but was turned away More

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event to support Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa (L) in his senatorial race, Oct. 29, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Video Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

Winner in Iowa race could be decided by the party most successful in convincing supporters to get out to vote More

Matthew VanDyke, who spent months in Libyan prisons before joining rebel forces who opposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, speaks with reporters after his flight arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Linthicum, MD.

'Point and Shoot' Shows American Filmmaker in Libyan Revolution

In a bid to jumpstart his life, Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and drove through the Arab world, filming himself along the way More


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US Nurse Violates State-Imposed Ebola Quarantinei
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October 31, 2014 4:20 AM
A U.S. nurse who cared for Ebola patients in West Africa has defied authorities in Maine by leaving her home before completing a three-week quarantine the state imposed on her. Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department says U.S. soldiers serving in the Ebola-affected region will be quarantined after returning home. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video US Nurse Violates State-Imposed Ebola Quarantine

A U.S. nurse who cared for Ebola patients in West Africa has defied authorities in Maine by leaving her home before completing a three-week quarantine the state imposed on her. Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department says U.S. soldiers serving in the Ebola-affected region will be quarantined after returning home. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Elections

Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad. This is especially true for a key voting group both Republicans and Democrats are trying hard to win over: women. Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats, with majority control of the Senate at stake. VOA’s Cindy Saine looks at the crucial role women voters will play in deciding the elections.
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Video Two Professors from one Virginia College Square off in US Congress Race

Members of the U.S. Congress come from a variety of backgrounds. Lawyers, doctors and businessmen fill the halls of Congress. At least one will soon be a professor from Virginia. As VOA's Yang Chen reports, that's almost guaranteed.
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Video More US Women Birthing The Old-Fashioned Way

A small but growing number of women in the U.S. are choosing to give birth using the services of a certified nurse-midwife rather than an obstetrician. The number of midwife-attended births -- at home, in birthing centers and in hospitals -- reached 8.6 percent of all births in 2012. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports on this trend.
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Video Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcome of the November 4 midterm elections. Each party is campaigning for votes in close races, including the midwestern state of Iowa. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, the winner in Iowa could be decided by the party most successful in convincing their supporters to get out to vote.
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Video Comanche People Give New Life to Ancestors' Language

Although their life based on hunting buffalo in the vast American plains came to an end in 1875, the Comanche Indians adapted to modern life and today are relatively prosperous and proud of their heritage. They mingle with people of other tribes and races every day, while trying to maintain cultural traditions and a language that underscore their identity. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Lawton, Oklahoma.
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Video US Fed Ends Bond Buying Program, Keeps Interest Rates Low

The U.S. Federal Reserve says it is ending its bond buying program this week but assured investors that short-term interest rates will remain near zero for some time. The announcement comes amid growing worries about the global economy and recent market volatility. VOA's Mil Arcega has more.
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Video Thai Muslims Create Thriving California Mosque

A mosque in suburban Los Angeles that began as a center for Muslim immigrants from Thailand now serves Muslims of many backgrounds. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Azusa, California, the thriving religious center is a labor of love for one Thai immigrant and his family.
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Video Texas Voter ID Law Discourages Some Voters

The US Supreme Court recently upheld the Texas voter identification law - which requires voters to show an approved form of picture ID in order to vote at a poll. Critics of the law say it puts an undue burden on poor people, minorities, the elderly and disabled. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston.
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Video US Seeks More Tourists from China

Tourists make more than one billion international visits annually, and the United Nations says their spending gives a boost to the global economy. As VOA's Jim Randle reports, the United States, which had 1.8 million Chinese visitors last year, is stepping up efforts to attract even more.
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Video Amish Country Bristles at American TV Portrayal

Reality television has become enormously popular in America, with its celebration of scandal featuring non-actors who don’t follow scripts. And among the most successful shows are those that purport to be about the Amish, a minority religion that avoids the modern world. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and reports on allegations that the Amish are being defamed and exploited for commercial gain.
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Video Voter Enthusiasm, Turn-Out Key in US Elections

In U.S. elections next Tuesday, voters will decide which party controls each house of Congress for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. Until then, both major political parties are fiercely competing to energize supporters and boost turnout at the polls. VOA's Michael Bowman visits Fairfax County, Virginia, near the nation's capital, for an on-the-ground look at efforts to mobilize voters.
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Video Republicans Make Obama Central Issue in Midterm Elections

President Barack Obama has a lot at stake in congressional midterm elections next Tuesday, November 4. Republicans are trying to make the president and his record a central issue in the campaign to gain control of the Senate. If they succeed, Obama could face a new set of political challenges in his final two years in office. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
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Video Maryland Troops Join the Ebola Fight in Liberia

The U.S. military has already provided hundreds of troops to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and this week another 22 are leaving their families and friends in Maryland to join that fight. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb attended their departure ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and she found a young group eager to make a difference.
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Video US Ambassador Hails Ukraine's Election as Watershed Event

The United States has hailed Ukraine's parliamentary election as an important step in the country's development. Exit polls and partial counts from the Sunday vote show an overwhelming support for pro-Western parties, giving President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to steer the country away from Russia and toward mainstream Europe. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Audio Tapes Open Window to Muhammad Ali's Private Life

'I Am Ali,' a new documentary by Clare Lewins, offers an intimate portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, through anecdotal audio tapes he recorded with family and friends by the end of his career. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Haunted House Attraction in Virginia Brings Out Screams

October 31 is Halloween - a day when the souls of the dead are said to walk the earth. Festive activities include costumed children going door to door trick or treating for candy, costume parties and haunted house attractions, like a mansion in Leesburg, Virginia.
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Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
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Video US Health Official Criticizes Ebola Quarantine Protocols in NY, NJ

Divisions have emerged between top U.S. health officials and two state governors who imposed rigorous quarantine protocols for American medical professionals returning from Ebola-stricken African nations. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that New York and neighboring New Jersey took steps on their own after New York registered its first Ebola case - that of a Doctors Without Borders physician who had worked in the West African nation of Guinea.
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Video Despite Gains, Obama Still Facing Ebola Criticism

The release of recovering Ebola patient Nina Pham from a Washington area hospital on Friday was a boost for the Obama administration, which has come under intense criticism for its handling of the Ebola cases that have so far appeared on U.S. soil. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, that scrutiny continued Friday on Capitol Hill.

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VOA60 America October 29, 2014i
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October 29, 2014 5:03 PM
Rocket to take supplies to ISS explodes at launch; President Obama pledged continued support and aid to West African countries affected by Ebola
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Rocket to take supplies to ISS explodes at launch; President Obama pledged continued support and aid to West African countries affected by Ebola
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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to advance toward homes directly in its path; Ebola patient Amber Vinson released from hospital
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The Supreme Court decided Monday to reject appeals against same-sex marriage in five states
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The United States has partially lifted a decades-long embargo on lethal weapons for Vietnam
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A man in Texas has been confirmed to be the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States

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Video More US Women Birthing the Old-fashioned Way

Concerns about safety of using a midwife generally unfounded, experts say
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Obama: Ebola Quarantines Must Be Based on Science

White House commenting on case of a nurse in Maine, who is defying a mandatory 21-day quarantine after treating Ebola patients
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Video Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

Winner in Iowa race could be decided by the party most successful in convincing supporters to get out to vote
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US Economy Grows at 3.5 Percent Rate

Commerce Department says third quarter growth was helped by exports, spending by consumers and government
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Video US Envoy: 'Alarming Gaps' Remain in Fighting Ebola

US ambassador to UN Samantha Power says some nations have yet to shoulder their fair burden in the battle against the disease
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US Coast Guard Rescues 33 Cubans at Sea

Because the overloaded boat did not make landfall, those rescued will be returned to Cuba
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Photogallery San Francisco Giants Win Baseball World Series

Championship is third for Giants in past five years
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Obama: US Can’t Seal Itself Off From Ebola

President says that as America continues to help stem outbreak at its source, it cannot expect to remain immune to cases of disease at home
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