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How A Dog Turned Lawyer's Life Upside Down and Helped Thousands

In 2009, Mirah Horowitz was an ambitious lawyer working in the US Senate. However, she felt lonely and decided to foster a dog. A black lab Sparkie became Horоwitz’s first rescue dog and seemed to effortlessly change her whole life. Liliya Anisimova has the story, narrated by Anna Rice.Camera: David Gogokhia  

Priorities Are Shifting for US Job Seekers in COVID Era

Now that federal unemployment benefits have expired, unemployed Americans are being encouraged to apply for about 10 million job vacancies nationwide. But as VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias explains, concerns about the COVID-19 delta variant and low wages are prompting some to reassess their job-hunting priorities.Camera and producer: Verónica Balderas Iglesias 

US Federal, State Funding Offers Training to Those Who Lost Jobs During Pandemic

As Americans continue to grapple with the economic downturn from the pandemic, state and city governments are providing funding to train job seekers in high-demand occupations. Some of that money comes from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act to train people in fields such as computers, data technology, construction, health care and hospitality. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

US Secretary of State Defends US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan for the first time before a congressional panel Monday. Lawmakers, Republicans as well as several Democrats, criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the chaotic August withdrawal that ended the longest war in U.S. history. VOA’s congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more.Produced by: Katherine Gypson, Barry Unger 

US Debates Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workplaces across the United States is facing pushback from some Republican lawmakers who say they will sue the administration. Michelle Quinn reports.Produced by: Mary Cieslak    

Defense Secretary Says US Safer Today Than in 2001

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says the United States is safer now than it was 20 years ago. Speaking in an interview with Voice of America's Carla Babb on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Austin said U.S. defense capabilities and strike abilities have “evolved” and “increased by orders of magnitude.”

As If He Knew: Prophetic Work of Sculptor Killed on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, sculptor Michael Richards was working in his studio in the World Trade Center when the plane hit the floor he was on and killed him. After one of his works was tracked down, many started to believe Richards foreshadowed his own death, because it was a sculpture of himself, his body pierced by dozens of airplanes. Elena Wolf has the story, narrated by Anna Rice.

9/11 Survivor Recalls 'Scariest Day' Of His Life

On September 11, 2001, New Yorker John Simonian arrived at his spacious office on the 30th floor at the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Twenty years on, he recalls what turned out to be the scariest day of his life. Sona Hakobyan has the story, narrated by Anna Rice.Camera: Sona Hakobyan 

Return Home 'Complicated' for Last Soldiers Deployed in Afghan War

Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, were among the first to deploy to Afghanistan in 2001, and the unit is now among the last to return after the withdrawal. Our Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb was there for the troops' long-awaited return.Camera: Saqib Ul Islam 

Better Tourniquets Mean More Lives Saved

It's been 20 years since terrorists rammed passenger planes into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. The wars that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq were wars in which medical advances saved more lives than in any other war. VOA's Carol Pearson tells us about one of those advances.
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