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April 16, 2014
President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Boston Gears for First Marathon After 2013 Bombings

The northeastern U.S. city of Boston is getting ready for its first marathon after the 2013 race in which terrorist bombs killed three people and wounded 265 others. This year, the annual Boston Marathon takes place April 21, with about 36,000 participants registered -- thousands more than last year. Zlatica Hoke reports that organizers, survivors and participants are determined not to allow painful memories of last year's bloodshed to undermine a tradition that started in 1897.
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Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
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Video Google Buys Drone Company

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Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

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Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
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Video Mass Pillow Fight Turns Washington DC into Urban Playground

Hundreds of people gathered in more than 100 cities around the world this month to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. For the eight year in a row, participants turned seemingly-normal public spaces into urban playgrounds, battling each other with soft and fluffy weapons and creating spectacles for those around them. In Washington D.C., a group of young professionals known as Capitol Improv used Facebook to organize a mass pillow fight on the National Mall.
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Video Washington Cherry Trees Sign of Harmony, Friendship with Japan

Washington’s iconic cherry trees were originally a gift to thank the United States for recognizing Japan as a member of the international community. More than 100 years after their arrival, the trees are a symbol of the relationship between the two countries, the brevity of life, and the beauty of nature. VOA’s David Byrd spoke with U.S Park Ranger Brad Berger about the trees, what they represent, and what they have come to symbolize for millions of visitors to Washington each year.
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Video US, Europe Wary of Russian Actions, Pledge Support for Ukraine

The intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine -- and fears of increased Russian involvement -- have gripped the attention of both the United States and Europe. Officials are now intensely working on a response to calm tensions across the region, even as President Barack Obama spoke again with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the crisis. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.
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Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
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Video US Warns Russia Anew on Eastern Ukraine

The United States says Russia appears to be employing the same tactics in eastern Ukraine that were used to seize and annex Crimea earlier this year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Obama administration says it stands ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated once again.
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Video US Gas Could Help Europe, But Not Yet

As Russia continues to raise its natural gas prices to Ukraine, some people are looking to American gas as a way to ease Europe's energy dependence on Russia. But, as VOA's Kent Klein reports, it's a solution that's still several years off.
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Video Documentary Revisits Anita Hill Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sexual harassment in the workplace was rarely discussed publicly until 1991, when a young African-American woman publicly spoke out about unwanted sexual advances during a Senate hearing for a Supreme Court nominee. Now, a new documentary revisits the Anita Hill case. VOA's Penelope Poulou reports.
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Video With Imagination, Little Readers Become Authors

Reading a book can stretch the imagination, encourage thinking 'outside the box', and expand horizons. Writing a book can do even more. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, having children create their own books is one of the strategies many teachers and parents use to help youngsters develop creativity and a love of reading at an early age. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Video Fans Buy Hollywood History

Hollywood history is on sale at a celebrity auction April 11-12 that draws buyers from around the world. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports from Beverly Hills that the items span a century of movie making and include some 20th century political memorabilia.
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Video Immigrant-Friendly NYC Mayor Pushes Official IDs for All

Immigration advocates in the United States continue to press for sweeping reforms that will clear a path to citizenship for all immigrants, including those without valid visas, and grant them access to many of the benefits and protections that U.S. citizens enjoy. VOA’s Adam Phillips files this report from immigrant-rich New York, where the new mayor is hoping to implement a new universal identity card program that will help undocumented immigrants move into the city’s mainstream.
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Video Washington’s Cherry Blossoms Showcase Breathtaking Display

Instead of flowers on the first day of spring on March 20, Washington got slammed with another snowstorm. Chilly temperatures held back the city’s famous cherry blossoms from showing all their glory. VOA's Debbie Block reports the trees now are in full bloom, though, providing a show that’s better than ever this year at the Tidal Basin, home to some of Washington’s famous monuments.
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Video Students Honor African-American Singer Marian Anderson

The life of one of the most celebrated African-American singers of the 20th century is being remembered in Washington. This month marks the 75th anniversary of a groundbreaking concert by Marian Anderson. The performance transformed her into an important figure in the struggle against racial prejudice in the United States. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the world-renowned singer and some of the people she inspired.
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Video Foreign Students Adapt to Rigors of US Naval Academy

Throughout its long history, the U.S. Naval Academy has produced prominent leaders, like former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Senator John McCain. The academy prepares young men and women to become officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. But not all of its undergraduate students - known as midshipmen - are American. Dozens are foreign exchange students who return home to serve their countries after graduating. Ramon Taylor has the story for VOA.
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Video Spinal Implant Helps Paraplegics Regain Some Functions

Severe spinal cord injuries usually lead to total loss of control of lower extremities, as well as bladder, bowel and sexual functions. But scientists at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, say an implanted electrical device is helping the patients regain at least some of that control. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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