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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. More

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.

Video Dealers Show Marijuana Products at DC Show

Industry representatives demonstrated smoking equipment and marijuana plant growing systems. Some even gave business advice about what supporters hope will be a successful industry. But the drug itself was not on display at the show. It is still a violation of federal law to possess marijuana.

Video Muslim Hijab: Dress Code or Discrimination?

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court could have major results for religious rights in the workplace. It involves the clothing stores Abercrombie & Fitch and a young Muslim woman. She wore a Muslim headcovering, called a hijab, when seeking employment with the company.

Quiz - Choosing to be a Single Mother

See how well you understand the Health and Lifestyles story by taking a short quiz.

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

See how well you understand the story on charitable giving by taking a short quiz.

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.

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  • Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin (C) with Gen. David Galtier (R) holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015.

    Audio Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid Illness

    France says it appears a Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely caused the deadly crash in the French Alps Tuesday. He was alone in the cockpit when he flew the plane into the ground. Also in the news, Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen; Uganda warns of possible al-Shabab attacks. More

  • Video NASA to Study Astronaut on Yearlong Mission in Space

    US astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to go to the International Space Station for a second time. Scientists hope the yearlong mission will provide important information about the physical and mental effects of living in space for a long period and pave the way for a future piloted flight to Mars. More

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    Audio UN: African Nations Should Change 'Pursuit' Laws

    Officials say terrorism suspects are escaping by fleeing across national borders. Police are often not permitted to follow them. The United Nations wants to keep terrorists from fleeing to safety by crossing into another country. | As It Is More

  • French prosecutor of Marseille Brice Robin, flanked by General David Galtier (R), speaks to the press on March 26, 2015 in Marignane airport near the French southern city of Marseille.

    Audio French Official: Co-Pilot 'Deliberately' Crashed Plane

    French officials say they have gathered usable sound recording from the black box of the airplane that crashed in France Tuesday. Also in the news, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses the U.S. Congress; Houthi militia in Yemen capture airport in Aden; Italy arrests three men for ISIS recruiting More

  • Audio More Assertive Japan Before Abe's US Visit

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making plans for a state visit to the United States. Mr. Abe will travel to Washington next month for talks with President Barack Obama. The two leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues, including the security alliance between their countries. More

Featured Stories

  • Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

    The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children. More

  • Space Rocket to Launch Weather Satellite Into Deep Space

    Video Satellite Will Watch Sun Storms, Send Warnings to Earth

    Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio communications and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe the extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time the sun’s 11-year cycle. More

  • An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi, Feb. 10, 2014.

    Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

    Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly. More

  • 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. More

  • Video Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century

    Graphene is a type of graphite mineral. Experts often call it 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties. Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for new technology products. Graphene is often described as a one-atom-thick layer of carbon. More

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