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FILE - People are moved by a line of police as authorities disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

New Protests Begin in Ferguson

Earlier Wednesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder met in Ferguson with community leaders and residents of the town More

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya.

Video Pentagon: US Special Forces Tried to Rescue Journalist Who Was Beheaded

President Barack Obama condemns Islamic State militants responsible for James Foley's execution as a 'cancer' More

A sign is seen outside South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, California, August 19, 2014.

California Students Charged after Plotting School Shooting

The boys, ages 16 and 17, denied the charges More

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks after being booked at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas, August 19, 2014.

Texas Governor Pleads Not Guilty to Abuse of Power Charges

If convicted, Rick Perry faces as much as 109 years in prison, but some legal experts believe case against him is shaky More

FILE - Workers position a sign for U.S Senator Pat Roberts at a Johnson County Republican's election watch party, Aug. 5, 2014, in Overland Park, Kansas.

US Republicans See Senate Chances Bolstered by Primary Results

With mid-term poll approaching, Republicans hope to bank on unpopular president, stronger candidates to win control of upper chamber More



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August 20, 2014 11:23 PM
President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley and warned the United States will see that justice is done. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Obama Condemns Journalist Killing, Vows Justice

President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley and warned the United States will see that justice is done. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Company Gets Up Close and Personal With Skycrapers

Historic landmark buildings, museums, the United States Capitol - all seen from top to bottom just inches from one’s face. To get there you have to be an engineer, an archaeologist, and part-daredevil. More from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York, the city of skyscrapers.
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Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
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Video Ferguson Calls For Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
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Video Debilitating Disease Gets Windfall Support Through Social Media

A social media stunt sweeping the United States is drawing attention and money to combat the deadly neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. In the U.S. alone, there are roughly 15 new cases of ALS diagnosed each day and the disease is well-known for claiming the life of famed American baseball player, Lou Gehrig, nearly 80 years ago. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington on the social media campaign to find a cure for ALS.
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Video New York Buskers Getting Arrested Despite MTA Law

The arrests of public performers, or buskers, in New York City have increased drastically from just a year ago. This is a result of new city police commissioner William Bratton’s “broken windows” policing strategy that assumes targeting low-level crimes will deter more serious crimes. VOA Persian reporter Tala Hadavi met with a couple of buskers to find out more.
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Video Conflicting Accounts Cloud Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting

A grand jury in the state of Missouri will hear evidence in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in the town of Ferguson. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on the investigation into the August 9th shooting which has sparked days of violent protests in Ferguson, a Saint Louis suburb.
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Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
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Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
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Video Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

Lawyers who offer free legal help for their clients are commonly called "pro bono" lawyers. In recent years, there has been a growing number of law firms that do pro bono work. Elizabeth Lee explains the growing trend for VOA from Los Angeles.
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Video Oil Wealth Attracts Businesses to North Dakota

The state of North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, thanks to a glut of jobs created by the oil boom in the western part of the state, which rests on one of the largest shale oil deposits in the country. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Williston, North Dakota, the job market keeps growing as more businesses relocate to North Dakota, attracted by the promise of profits -- but not without challenges.
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Video EU Approves Arming of Kurds; US Says Air Strikes Will Continue

European Union Foreign Ministers have approved sending arms to Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are battling extremist Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. The United States says its air strikes against Islamic State positions have relieved the humanitarian emergency facing ethnic minorities sheltering on Sinjar mountain. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, however, the West is determined not to get sucked in to another conflict in Iraq.
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Video Ferguson Police ID Officer, Call Brown Robbery Suspect

Thousands of people have been holding protest rallies across the United States in remembrance of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a police officer in the state of Missouri on August 9. After four nights of demonstrations, the community of Ferguson, where the shooting occurred, is peaceful. VOA’s Chris Simkins reports racial tensions in the town still remain high, however, as new details are released about the investigation.
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Video Border Crisis Fuels Opposition to Immigration Reform

Concern over illegal immigration in the United States has spiked in public opinion polls since the surge of migrant children from Central America trying to the cross the border began earlier this year. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that while a majority of Americans still support some form of legalization program for undocumented immigrants already in the country, opposition to outright amnesty is growing -- along with support for stronger border security.
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Video Helping Troubled Teens Heal Through Filmmaking

Writing a song, painting a picture, or acting on stage is not only fun but can also be therapeutic for a person who is coping with a painful past. Producer Deyane Moses is in southern Los Angeles where a non-profit organization is helping troubled teens heal through filmmaking.
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Video Reporter Fights to Protect Source

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of the press, but the government and journalists sometimes clash over its meaning. Author and New York Times reporter James Risen has refused to reveal a source about a CIA operation in Iran in his 2006 book State of War despite pressure from the government. On Thursday, a petition supporting Risen was delivered to the Department of Justice in Washington. VOA’s Deborah Block was there.
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Video US Conservation Program Teaches Teens about Nature

Teenagers have been removing invasive plants and protecting endangered species around the United States this summer, in a program run by The Nature Conservancy - a non-profit environmental group. Mike O'Sullivan met up with a team of girls on the Santa Rosa Plateau in Southern California.
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Video Obama is expected to take action on Undocumented Immigrants as Congress continues recess

President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action to address the plight of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States -- provoking cheers from immigrant rights groups and condemnation from those who see it as amnesty for law-breakers. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform or approved funds to deal with a surge of child migrants at America's southern border.
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Video Work on Ebola Treatments Speeds Up to Address Outbreak

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental drugs for people who have Ebola, a virus that already has claimed more than 1,000 lives in western Africa. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at possible treatments and vaccines for those with the disease.
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Video Panama Canal Turns 100 Amid Growing Pains, Competition

The Panama Canal turns 100 this week. Officially opened in 1914, the 77-kilometer channel joins the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean at the isthmus of Panama. It made the world smaller, creating a shortcut for cargo ships that ply their trade from east and west. But 100 years later the canal is straining from the demands of expanding global trade. And as Mil Arcega reports, it may also be facing some serious competition as it navigates the next 100 years.

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American officials look to confirm authenticity of Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of an American photojournalist
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American officials look to confirm authenticity of Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of an American photojournalist
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Clashes continue in Ferguson, Missouri; President Barack Obama tells Attorney General Eric Holder to travel there
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Video VOA60 America August 18, 2014

The governor of Missouri has ordered the National Guard to the town of Ferguson after a week of sometimes violent protests sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer
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Police in Ferguson, Missouri release the name of the officer that shot and killed Michael Brown last week
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Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up an eight-day around-the-world diplomatic trip in Hawaii

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Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms
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Militants’ Beheading Video Suggests New Anti-West Strategy

Gaining ground and confidence, Islamic State group fighters say they’re infiltrating US, Europe, hinting of future attacks
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Photogallery US Racial Tensions Story Ripples Abroad

For countries whose rights records Washington has criticized, events in Ferguson, Missouri offer an opportunity to even the score
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Multimedia New Protests Form in Ferguson

Eric Holder meets with Ferguson community leaders, FBI investigators and federal civil rights officials to discuss shooting death of Michael Brown
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Audio On-Call Translators Help English-Only Emergency Dispatchers

Callers speaking a foreign language are seeking 911 help more frequently, leading many counties to contract with emergency translation services
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Afghanistan Orders NYT Reporter to Leave

Matthew Rosenberg summoned to attorney general's office for questioning after newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form interim government
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Multimedia On the Scene: In Missouri, Ferguson Community Leaders Calm Tensions

Tension between protesters and Missouri law enforcement had been palpable, until religious and community leaders stepped forward late Tuesday
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Video Pentagon: US Special Forces Tried to Rescue Journalist Who Was Beheaded

President Barack Obama condemns Islamic State militants responsible for James Foley's execution as a 'cancer'
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