February 27, 2015 07:50 UTC

Illustration from The Exact Science of Matrimony by O.Henry

Video The Exact Science of Matrimony by O. Henry

Our story today is called “The Exact Science of Matrimony.” It was written by O. Henry. Here is Barbara Klein with the story... Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker could never be trusted. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money. More


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Kurdish fighters

Audio Islamic State Kidnaps More than 200 Assyrian Christians

Also, news reports say the Islamic State militant who appeared under face cover in several videos of hostage beheadings has been identified by his friends. And, the US Navy says it is now flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea. More


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Regulators Criticize Chinese Internet Company Alibabai
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02/26/2015
Chinese regulators said Alibaba has not done enough to stop the sales of illegal counterfeit goods its Taoboa website. Alibaba has quickly grown to become a huge Internet company valued in the billions of dollars.
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Video Regulators Criticize Chinese Internet Company Alibaba

Chinese regulators said Alibaba has not done enough to stop the sales of illegal counterfeit goods its Taoboa website. Alibaba has quickly grown to become a huge Internet company valued in the billions of dollars.
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Video Effects of Ebola Still Hurting West African Schools

Liberian officials say schools will have all the necessary safety measures in place to start classes.
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Video China: Not Using Organs from Executed Prisoners

In China’s recent past, executed prisoners supplied demand for organ transplant operations. Now the country says that has changed.
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Video Project Uses Global Imaging to Stop Illegal Fishing

Experts estimate twenty percent of the seafood market comes from illegal fishing. A new device follows fishing boats to try to stop the criminal activity.
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Video TALK2US: Would You Go to Mars?

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about whether or not folks would take a one-way ticket to Mars.
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Video Solar Powered Plane to Fly Around the World

Pilots flew an earlier model of the plane from Switzerland to Morocco in 2012 and across the United States in 2013. They plan to fly the new version for 25 days over a five month period.
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Video English in a Minute: Back to Square One

Where and what is "square one?" And why would you want to return to it? Watch this video to figure out how to use this common American English expression.
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Video News Words: Symptoms

This word is often used when talking about disease or medical conditions. See and hear how it is used in a news story. And tell us what you think in a comment.
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Video Greece Seeks to Re-negotiate Loans

The Syriza party has won elections in Greece and formed a ruling coalition. Now, Greece may seek to renegotiate loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fundy worth $268 billion.
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Video New Minister Cleans Up Cambodian Schools

Over 75% of students failed their Grade 12 final examinations in August 2014. Why did so many students have trouble passing? A recently established government policy had prevented cheating.
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Video Scientists Link Air Pollution to Autism in Children

Researchers found that pregnant women exposed to the highest levels of a kind of air pollution are two times more likely to give birth to a child with autism.
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Video Environmental DNA Provides Clues About Life on Earth

Scientists can use environmental DNA to find out about populations of species more easily.
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Video TALK2US: Time Adverbs

Learn About Time Adverbs with Marsha James and Anna Matteo.
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Video How Fast Can a Camera Take Pictures?

Researchers say an unbelievably fast camera could lead to discoveries in molecular biology, astronomy and other breakthroughs!
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Video English in a Minute: Know the Ropes

This idiom probably comes from sailing. But what does it mean? Find out here!

World

Audio China Investing Heavily in Latin America

China said last month it plans to invest $250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean countries over the next 10 years. A Chinese company plans to build a canal in Nicaragua. Chinese and Argentine leaders signed several agreements, including one to cooperate on two new nuclear power stations. More

Business & Economics

Aleutian boats

Video Boatbuilding Tradition Still Strong in US Northwest

Some of the earliest boats have been found in the Aleutian Islands, in the northwestern US. People who lived there long ago ate sea mammals to survive. They used a small kayak to hunt animals. Russians would later name the kayak a “baidarka.” This kind of boat is only built in the Aleutian Islands. More

Health & Lifestyle

Video Technology Increases Chances of Surviving Aneurym

Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms, -- when a blood vessel burst in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often servere. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new technologies are increasing survival rates. More

Entertainment

Audio Politics Share the Stage at the Oscars

Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate. More

America

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Audio The Changing Faces of Philanthropy

American philanthropists gave more money to charitable causes in 2014 than the year before. The journal Chronicle of Philanthropy says that the top 50 donors from the U.S. gave a total of $9.8 billion. Many donations came from entrepreneurs who made their money in technology. More

Science & Technology

Hacker with a laptop.

Audio Nine Ways to Protect Yourself from Hackers Online

An increase in cyber-attacks makes the Internet seem like a scary place these days. The hacking of Sony Pictures led the news for some time. Even the White House was a target of cyber-attack.How can individuals protect or make it more difficult for hackers to access their information? More

Education

Three Messages

Video Three Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking is difficult, even frightening, for many. Some even fear public speaking more than death itself. It is a skill that most English learners want to improve. One method is to look at the activity as three separate messages. Here are three tips to improve your public speaking skills. More

History

Grand Review of the Armies,  May 23, 1865

Audio The Civil War Ends

Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More

The Day in Photos

Government workers destroy counterfeit footwear products in Manila, the Philippines. A government statement said over 150,000 pairs of fake shoes and slippers of various brands, worth PHP 50 million ($1.13 million). were smuggled from China.

Government workers destroy counterfeit footwear products in Manila, the Philippines. A government statement said over 150,000 pairs of fake shoes and slippers of various brands, worth PHP 50 million ($1.13 million). were smuggled from China.

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