April 25, 2015 07:19 UTC


Rolling Stone's Mistaken Story of a Rape 'Was Avoidable'

In December of last year, a well-known American magazine retracted a major story. The story reported on a sexual attack at the University of Virginia. A student told the reporter a group of students raped her at a fraternity party in 2012. The magazine later said it was not true. More

Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers.

Audio Guide to the US Presidential Campaign, Part One

Every four years Americans go to the polls in November to pick a president. Americans will elect the next president in November of 2016. Although the election is still more than a year away, candidates have been announcing they are running. The candidates will compete in caucuses and primaries.

Video Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Campaign for President

“I’m running for president." Hillary Clinton kicks off her anticipated campaign for the presidency with a video posted on YouTube. With her second run for the White House, the former first lady and Secretary of State is hoping to become the first female president of the United States.

Video California Limits Water Use Because of Dry Weather

Governor Jerry Brown is ordering Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Some communities are developing new measures to control water use. Golf courses and other major water users will face new restrictions. California homeowners are being paid to remove grass from their property.

Video Two Nations: Black America and White America

The National Urban League recently released its yearly report, called “The State of Black America.” The league works to help black Americans. Its report tells a familiar story of racial disparities in American life. It says blacks are much more likely to be unemployed than whites.

Audio Religious Freedom Acts Raise Controversy in US

Indiana and Arkansas recently passed – then considered changing – religious freedom laws. Nineteen other states have such laws to protect religious minorities. However, the new laws expand some religious protections to organizations. Some say the laws threaten the civil rights of homosexuals.

Audio Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring

This weekend there are two traditional celebrations that American Christians and Jews celebrate every spring. You will see flat breads and chocolate rabbits in the stores. Other countries celebrate spring with roast lamb and a special table of foods.

Audio US National Park Service Preparing for 100th Anniversary

The U.S. National Park Service is getting ready to celebrate its centennial anniversary next year. The Secretary of the Interior was in New York City this week to kick off a new campaign tied to the anniversary. It is called “Find Your Park.” National Parks can be found in all 50 U.S. states.

Video Community Center Helps Women on Skid Row

Many homeless people live in the “Skid Row” area of Los Angeles, California. These men and women have no permanent place to live. Skid Row is a place where many social service groups can be found. They work to help the homeless find work and a place to live. One such organization works with women.

Audio Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails

The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population. One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state. The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work.

Video Landmark to Close as Camp David Hosts Afghan Meeting

Since the 1950s, American presidents have been going to Camp David in the mountains of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. They have traveled there to rest or hold meetings away from the noise of the city and the news media. But President Barack Obama rarely goes to the camp.

Video Secrets of a Saddle-Maker

People began riding horses thousands of years ago. Saddles for horseback riding were invented soon after. Today, many companies manufacture saddles. But it is rare to find someone who designs and makes these products by hand. American Keith Valley is one of the few.

Video Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?

Experts say the city of Los Angeles is showing the future of language in the U.S. More than half of young people there speak at least two languages fluently. Some say by the end of the century most Americans will come not come from white, English-speaking families.

Video 150-Year-Old US Capitol Dome Under Repair

The last major repair work on the U.S. Capitol took place in 1960. Since then, the dome has become weathered and worn. The Architect of the Capitol group reports the dome has more than 1,000 narrow breaks on its surface and other damage. The repair and repaint project will take two years.

Video Old Style Parenting Starts Debate in the U.S.

A court found parents in the U.S. state of Maryland guilty of neglect. What the parents did might surprise you. Some say laws are needed to protect children. Others say the government should not interfere in a family’s parenting decisions. The debate continues.

Video Who Controls US Foreign Policy: Congress or the President?

A letter signed by 47 Republican Senators says any deal without Congressional approval could be changed by a future president or Congress. Obama administration officials say the letter hurts sensitive negotiations and interferes with executive power. | In the News

Video What Happens to Lost US Airline Luggage?

Most people who fly on passenger planes in the United States do not lose their bags but some do. The unclaimed bags are sold at a store in the southern state of Alabama. You never know what you’re going to find there, including iPads, eyeglasses and laptop computers!

Video Trail Rides Kick off Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Trail rides are a big part of tradition for horse and bull riders from all over the huge state of Texas. It is a tradition that dates back to 1952. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is where all of them show up to participate in the largest event of its kind in the world.

Video US Cities Protect Civil Rights Heritage to Increase Tourism

President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of a day known as “Bloody Sunday.” On March 7, 1965, police officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators in Selma. The protesters were part of a campaign to get voting rights for African-Americans.

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  • Migrants Are Dying Trying to Reach Europe

    EU leaders met this week to discuss ways to stop criminals from putting the migrants on unsafe boats. Ships carrying migrants have sunk in the Mediterranean, killing hundreds. They are fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. More

  • Video More US Students Learning Korean

    More US students are learning Korean. Why the increase? Experts say one reason is the popularity of K-pop music and Korean videos. Another is the number of young Korean-Americans who want to learn about their culture and speak to older family members who do not speak English. More

  • Audio Sierra Leone Dog Population Rising Because of Ebola Crisis

    The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has led to growing concern about another disease: rabies from wild dogs. Many owners fear their dogs could infect them with Ebola, so they have freed the animals. As a result, the stray dog population and number of rabies cases are increasing. More

  • Audio US, Italian Hostages Killed in Anti-Terrorism Operation

    European Union leaders are considering a plan to fix Europe’s migrant shipwreck crisis. Over 800 was killed in the shipwreck last weekend. Loretta Lynch confirmed as next US attorney general. She will be the first black woman to hold the position. | In the News More

  • Audio Facebook Has More Users than Population of China

    The social network Facebook reported that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users (MAU) worldwide. That is 50 million more users than the population of China and over 188 million more than India’s population. Facebook also reported that 75 percent of its users access the site via mobile device More

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  • Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

    The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Three

    Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But... More

  • Video Looking to Webb Telescope on Hubble 25th Anniversary

    The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth since 1990. Hubble has provided amazing pictures of space over the past 25 years. But as NASA officials mark the anniversary, work on the new James Webb Space Telescope continues. More

  • Audio April 23 Is English Language Day

    Happy English Language Day! English Language Day is celebrated each year on April 23 – the date when tradition says William Shakespeare was born. Shakespeare has been called the greatest writer in the English language. His plays continue to be published, performed in theaters and movies. More

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    Audio One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

    One billion teenagers and young adults around the world risk losing their hearing by listening to loud music. This is according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. agency is asking young people to turn down the volume to prevent losing their hearing. More

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