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Motorcycle Lovers: We Are Not Criminals

But police say some motorcycle gang members are violent lawbreakers. Some gangs say they have been operating for many years and have never been charged with crimes. “It is no different than a ladies tennis club,” they say. | As It Is More

Video Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream

Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn. He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.”

Audio More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids

More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner -- the person earning money -- for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade. You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity."

Video Children in US Help Wild Elephants in Thailand, Kenya

A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants.

Video Gay Marriage Is Legal Across the US

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the country. Many Americans are celebrating the decision. Others, including the chief justice, say the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution and abuses the power of the Supreme Court.

Audio US Congress Gives Obama a Trade Victory

This week, the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority on a vote of 60 to 38. The House of Representatives had approved TPA earlier. The measure improves chances for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Video Philanthropist Provides Homes for the Homeless

Doris Buffett has given one million dollars to provide homeless people with houses to live in. The effort has reduced homelessness by more than half in a small city in the state of Virginia. Buffett is extremely happy with this project, and plans to donate even more money in the future.

Audio More Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag

The flag is one of the symbols of Southern, slave-holding states that left the U.S. in 1861 but failed to win a war for independence. Now, after a June 17 shooting in a South Carolina church, some state leaders want the flag removed. They say it has become a symbol of hatred and racism.

Video Indian, Pakistani Immigrants Learn About One Another

Violence has damaged relations between India and Pakistan ever since the two countries gained their independence from Britain almost 70 years ago. This history of conflict follows many Indians and Pakistanis when they come to the United States. But some are learning about one another.

Video Once Again, Americans Debate Gun Violence

After a deadly shooting at a church in South Carolina last week, U.S. politicians are again debating how to deal with gun laws and gun violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 11,000 people died and 84,000 people suffered injuries from gun violence in 2013.

Audio Doctor Brings Healing to Patients in Their Homes

Ernest Brown is a unique doctor. Unlike most doctors, he does not work in a clinic or hospital. He works out of a black Toyota truck. Patients do not come to him. He comes to their houses. Dr. Ernest Brown is a doctor who makes house calls.

Audio Should We Be Able to Choose Our Sex, Racial Identity?

American Bruce Jenner recently completed a series of treatments to become a woman. Many people supported the former Olympic star’s decision to change sexes. But people reacted differently to a rights activist who said she was black. She was forced to resign after her parents said she is white.

Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats

Welcome to the VOA Learning English guide to the presidential candidates. Today's guide is on the four candidates seeking the Democratic party nominations. We tell you who is who and what their campaigns are saying. We also provide links to their websites to learn more.

Video My Students Know More About US Constitution Than I Do

An international survey shows that teaching students about their country’s political system can improve the government. Some even require citizenship test. But can civic education also make better citizens? One U.S. program is trying. It held its final competition in Washington, DC.

Video Group Seeks to Improve Muslim-Jewish Relations

The AJC, an influential Jewish group, is seeking to improve understanding between Jews and Muslims through discussion and dialogue. Rabbi Noam Marans is the AJC’s director of interreligious relations. He says “Muslim-Jewish relations is the great challenge of the 21st century.”

Video Ramadan Begins Thursday in the U.S.

The exact start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan depends on the cycle of the moon. In the U.S. Muslims will begin fasting, praying and gathering on Thursday. Ramadan lasts a lunar month. Muslims at a Los Angeles mosque describe why the month is special.

Video Jeb Bush Enters US Presidential Campaign

The son of a former US president and the brother of another launched his campaign for the presidency Monday. Jeb Bush announced his candidacy to a cheering crowd in Miami, Florida. Mr. Bush is seeking to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

Audio Men Escape American High Security Prison

David Sweat and Richard Matt are convicted murderers. They cut through thick walls and crawled through sewers to escape from a prison in New York. But their success is rare in the U.S. prison population and almost non-existent at maximum security facilities. Police say the men had help from inside.

Audio Top Inspector 'Concerned' about US Air Safety

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth told members of Congress he is “deeply concerned” about failures in security. His comments follow reports that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration failed to identify 73 workers with links to terrorism and, separately, other simulated threats.

Video Changing Lives One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Denver, Colorado is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It also has one of the biggest populations of homeless young people. A Denver coffee shop is seeking to resolve the problem. The Purple Door Coffee Shop employs and trains homeless people, giving them a second chance.

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  • Audio Clash Reported at Border of Vietnam, Cambodia

    Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured. More

  • A doctor points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis) in Ladbroke Grove in London, England, Jan. 27, 2014.

    Audio Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Less Likely to Spread

    The number of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis cases is rising. Multi-drug-resistant TB results from a bacterium – a group of small living things that can cause disease. The bacterium is hard to kill because it has become resistant to two or more common antibiotics. More

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - flanked by National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States Robert Malley, U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Eu

    Audio Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Extended

    Also Tuesday, leaders of the US and Brazil promised to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use; China made a simiilar announcement; and another politician entered the US presidential race. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he will seek the Republican Party nomination. More

  • Audio Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

    8.7 million Americans are unemployed and 6.7 million are doing part-time work. But, many jobs remain vacant. Employers say many of those jobs are vacant because they cannot find people with the right skills to do the work. Some experts look at why that is the case and what to do about it. More

  • Audio Greece Offers a Proposal as Time Limit Runs Out

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered a proposal to avoid default on the country’s debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. On July 5th, Greeks will vote in a referendum on whether to accept new reforms or not. European leaders say it is a vote on whether to remain in Europe. More

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  • Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

    Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

  • Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

    For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

  • Audio More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids

    More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner -- the person earning money -- for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade. You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity." More

  • Audio Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down

    Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others. You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories. More

  • Video Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

    Part of the reason that English has grown as a world language is that it adjusts easily to change. Why do some words and phrases stay the same while others change? VOA guest editor David Sullivan shares his ideas on the changes he has seen in today's English. More

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