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Video Former Muslims Break Their Silence

A former Muslim created a support group for others in the US and Canada who have left the faith. He wants former Muslims to meet, talk about their experiences and know that nothing is wrong with the decision to leave their religion -- some say it is a crime that can be punished by death.

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.

Video Long Legal Battle Expected Over President's Immigration Order

On Monday, a U.S. federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order would protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being sent back to their home country. Twenty-six states argued Mr. Obama overstepped his powers as president.

Quiz - Big Gifts Increase, But Are Only Part of the Story

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Video Teacher Remembers North Carolina Shooting Victims

The three young people were all born in the 1990s. A woman who taught all three says they gave more in their short lives than many give in a full lifetime. She says the young people did whatever they could to help others. The suspected gunman is in jail. Police continue to investigate the shooting.

Audio Washington Has Three Birthdays and Other Presidential Fun Facts

Americans honor the first president, George Washington, in February. The U.S. government calls George Washington's Birthday is not really his birthday. Some states consider the holiday a time to remember other presidents, too. How much do you know about American leaders?

Audio Prisoners Are Learning Computer Programming

Prisoners in California are learning how to write programs for computers -- an activity known as computer coding. It is a skill that many employers are seeking in new workers. Computer coding is now being taught at San Quentin State Prison, just north of San Francisco. The class began last year.

Audio Americans Eating More 'Fast Casual,' Less Fast Food

There is a growing trend in America towards more healthy food. People are visiting more “fast casual” restaurants and less fast food ones. Meanwhile, McDonalds earnings continue to decline. Observers say Americans want more choices and fresh food when choosing where and what to eat.

Video Hate Crime Not Ruled Out in Muslim Students' Death

On Tuesday evening, a man shot and killed three Muslim students in North Carolina. Many American Muslims said the students’ deaths did not get widespread news coverage because of their Islamic religious beliefs. Police officials continued to investigate the possibility of a hate crime .

Photogallery Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for World Heritage List

Frank Lloyd Wright is called the father of American modern architecture. He created most of his works from 1900 to the 1950s, but his open-living spaces and imaginative designs still appear very modern. Last week, the United States nominated 10 of his buildings for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Video Thomas Jefferson's Collection Still Impresses 200 Years Later

Thomas Jefferson sold thousands of his books to the Library of Congress to replace books destroyed during the War of 1812; his collection includes the Koran in English and books on philosophy, mathematics, physics and agriculture. The collection is the centerpiece of the Library of Congress

Video Measles Becomes a Medical, Scientific, Political Issue in US

Measles has become a public health issue in the United States. Measles cases were first reported last month at Disneyland in California. Since then, the disease has spread to more than 100 people across the country. And everyone has an opinion including parents and politicians.

Audio Why Do Republicans Win So Many Offices in the US?

Republicans now control a large majority of America’s state and national offices -- including most of the governor’s offices, state legislatures and the US Congress. The reasons: white voters leaving the Democrats and Republicans focus on winning at state and local level.

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Audio Obama Seeks $50 Billion for Foreign Relations Spending

Of the four trillion dollars requested in his budget, President Obama proposes to spend more than $50 billion on diplomatic and aid efforts around the world. That amount represents about 10 percent of what has been suggested for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Audio US West Coast City Using New Tsunami Refuge

Tsunamis are unexpected huge ocean waves. Earthquakes are often the cause of tsunamis. And that can interfere with escape. One coastal town in Washington State is copying a method used in Japan to survive tsunamis. Westport, Washington, is building the first U.S. vertical tsunami shelter.

Audio Why Do So Few US Women Hold Top Jobs?

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes.

Audio Former Secretaries of State Discuss National Security

Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and Madeleine Albright talked about Islamic militants, immigration and the crisis in Ukraine. Protesters interrupted the event and tried to arrest Kissinger. They accused him of wrongdoing in South America, Vietnam and other countries. | As It Is

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items.

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    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

  • Video Pakistan Tightens School Security after Peshawar Attack

    More than 150 people, mostly children, were killed in the attack at a school in Peshawar last year. Pakistan authority tightens security to protect the schools. One method is to train teachers at Peshawar’s Frontier College for Women in a week-long class on using weapons. More

  • Audio Will North Korea Follow Vietnam, Myanmar?

    South Korea has called for North Korea to follow the reform model of two other Asian countries. But observers say North Korea will likely reject the idea. President Park Geun-hye proposed the idea earlier this month. She said North Korea should carry out reforms like Vietnam. More

  • New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (R) speaks during a news conference at police headquarters, Feb. 25, 2015, in New York, regarding three men who were arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war

    Audio Three in US Charged with Supporting Islamic State

    All three suspects lived in Brooklyn, New York. One was arrested before trying to board a flight to Turkey on Wednesday. Also in the news, Chad's army reportedly killed 270 Boko Haram militants in fighting near the border; and Ukraine has reported reduced fighting in rebel-held areas in the east. More

  • 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

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  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

  • Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

    A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Director Alejandro Inarritu accepts the Oscar for Best Director for his film "Birdman" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 22, 2015.

    'Birdman' Takes Oscars for Best Picture, Director

    The movie won four Academy Awards in all. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' also earned four Oscars. The Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for 'Still Alice' and Eddie Redmayne was honored with the Best Actor Oscar for his work in 'The Theory of Everything.' 'Whiplash' took home three Oscars. More

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