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Public opinion surveys show 60 percent of Americans want judges and juries to be able to sentence criminals to death. But the same studies show that many Americans have concerns about the justice system and the way executions are carried out. | As It Is More

Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit.

Video Have Police Incidents Hurt America’s Image?

African-Americans die after incidents with police, but the officers were not charged with a crime. The decisions by two grand juries caused protests in the US and other countries. We listen to what some students studying in London think about the decisions. | As It Is

Audio US Releases ‘Torture’ Report on Central Intelligence Agency

The report says the CIA used a number of harsh or severe methods against captured al-Qaida and other militants to get information. The methods included ice baths, sexual threats and waterboarding. The report says the CIA failed to take corrective action after the death or injury of some detainees.

Audio Olvera Street: Birthplace of Los Angeles

They stood near the birthplace of Los Angeles, now the second largest city in the United States. They were close to where settlers and a few soldiers from Spain first set up the city in 1781. The settlers had left a nearby Roman Catholic religious center called Mission San Gabriel Arcangel.

Audio US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules

Recent grand jury rulings have fueled demonstrations in some American cities. Power over grand juries rests with the 50 individual states, and the rules differ from state to state. The Obama administration has established a federal task force to examine policing policies.

Video US Politicians Busy Planning for 2016 Elections

The Republican Party is preparing to control both houses of the United States Congress in January. The Democratic Party lost its majority in the Senate. Both parties have already begun looking ahead to the 2016 elections. At that time, Americans will elect a new Congress -- and a new president.

Audio US Officials Claim Afghan Operations Unchanged

United States officials say the force level and duties of U.S. and NATO troops remaining in Afghanistan after December have not changed. But media reports say more U.S. troops will be staying than the number announced. The reports also say the troops’ rules for military operations will be expanded.

Audio Americans Can Again Adopt Vietnamese Children

Program was suspended six years ago after an investigation of charges of baby-selling and fraud. But Vietnam is letting only "special needs" children be adopted. The news that the adoptions will restart comes as US, Vietnam seek to increase trade and improve military cooperation. | As It Is

Video US Evangelicals Debate Homosexuality in the Bible

An increasing number of mainline Christian groups are also accepting same-sex unions. But most evangelical Christians say the Bible condemns sexual relations among people of the same sex. Now, a well-known student of evangelicalism is saying that the traditional reading of the Bible is wrong.

Video Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday

Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The month of November comes in autumn, the main season for harvesting crops. Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival like those found in many cultures. It is viewed as the most traditional of all American holidays.

Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting.

Video Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration

Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress.

Video Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy

Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission. He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform. | In the News

Video Text of President Obama's Speech on Immigration

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration - Cross Hall at 8:01 P.M. EST. THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous...

Video Obama to Announce Executive Order on Immigration

President Obama soon is expected to announce his decision on what to do with millions of undocumented immigrants. These migrants left their home countries and entered the United States illegally. The president is expected to approve an executive order that would save them from being sent home.

Video Church Helps Ferguson Deal With Race Relations

Many white residents in Ferguson say they chose to live in the city because of its cultural diversity. So, they were shocked when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown in August of this year. Now, some churches in the central U.S. community are trying to help.

Audio US Medical Supplies Donated Overseas

Unused medical supplies are often thrown away -- but not all of them. An aid group has been collecting such supplies for 25 years, and sending them to hospitals and clinics in developing countries. The program is called SHARE, or “Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment.”

Audio Hackers Attack US State Department Computers

The U.S. State Department has closed its public email system and websites after a suspected attack by computer criminals called “hackers.” It had never been shut down before. The attack was the fourth such incident on U.S. government agencies since last month, including the White House.

Video Should You Have the Right to Die?

The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide.

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  • A screenshot from Cuban television shows President Raul Castro addressing the country, in Havana, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

    After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview." More

  • Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

    If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More

  • India schoolgirls offer prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan military-run school, in Mumbai, India, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Audio India Joins Pakistan in Mourning Murdered Students

    India and Pakistan have long disagreed about many issues. But on Wednesday, Indian lawmakers and students lowered their heads and observed two minutes of silence in memory of 132 Pakistani children. The children died on Tuesday in an attack on their school in the city of Peshawar. More

  • Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki, center left, gestures next to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center right, as they pose during an election night event at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Dec. 14, 2014.

    Video Shinzo Abe's Victory Likely Raises Conflict with Neighbors

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in Parliament on Sunday. Mr. Abe’s win will permit him to continue economic reforms. At the same time, he can also pursue policies likely to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors. More

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    Audio In US, Support for Death Penalty Is Strong

    Public opinion surveys show 60 percent of Americans want judges and juries to be able to sentence criminals to death. But the same studies show that many Americans have concerns about the justice system and the way executions are carried out. | As It Is More

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    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

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    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

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    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

  • The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

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    Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams wanted the film to be based on some real science, to make it believable. 'We don’t have any super-powered people in this movie. It’s all super technology.' The film was just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe award for best animated film. More

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