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US West Coast City Using New Tsunami Refuge

Westport is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. Westport is located on a peninsula on the south side of the entrance to Grays Harbor from the Pacific Ocean.

02/01/2015
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. More

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.

Video Obama Won't Meet with Netanyahu During Visit to Congress

The US Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint meeting of the House and Senate in March. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not contact the Obama administration about the visit. President Obama will not meet with Mr. Netanyahu.

Video Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays?

Some religious minorities in America are demanding that schools close on their religious holidays. They ask, if Christian and Jewish holy days are recognized, shouldn’t those of other faiths also be observed? The issue is being debated in Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

“I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech.

Audio Obama Briefly Notes Foreign Policy in State of the Union

Most of the speech centered on domestic issues, ones that affect just U.S. citizens and families. But President Obama also spoke briefly about some foreign policy issues. Among the topics are the fight against the Islamic State, relations with Cuba, Iran nuclear negotiations and Asia Pacific

Video Obama Sets a 'Middle-Class Economics' Agenda

In his sixth State of the Union address, the president challenged Congress to take “bold action” and “to make sure everyone gets a fair shot” as part of what he called the middle class economics. Republicans called his proposal the same, old top-down approach that hasn’t worked.

Video President Barack Obama - The State of the Union, Jan. 20, 2015

The White House is making the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as you watch in real time, view charts and infographics on key areas, tweet favorite lines, and leave notes.

Audio Obama to Discuss Economy, Foreign Policy in State of the Union

President Barack Obama is preparing to speak to the American people on Tuesday. The leader has traveled around the United States discussing issues he is likely to include in the annual State of the Union. The address is held before both houses of Congress and televised live for the nation.

Audio Americans Serve Others to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s life was about service in the name of peace, justice and equality. He led efforts to end the racial separation laws. He organized huge marches and protests. He urged people to disobey unjust laws through non-violent resistance. The holiday in his honor became the National Day of Service.

Audio Army May Change Weight Rules for Cyber Warriors

The U.S. Army needs cyber warriors to defend against attacks on the nation’s computer systems. But it is having a hard time finding young Americans who meet all of the requirements for the job. So the Army is studying whether it should have different height and weight standards for soldiers.

Video Illegal Immigrants Can Now Get a Driver’s License

People in the western state of California who are in the United States illegally can now request a driver’s license. More than a million people are expected to seek the special license. California is not the first American state with such a law, but it has the largest number of illegal immigrants.

Audio Fewer Than One in Three Young Americans Can Join Military

The U.S. Army continues to need soldiers. But most young people do not meet military requirements; they are overweight, have a criminal record, or failed to graduate from high school. Retired senior officers are especially worried about the effect of obesity on national security. | As It Is

Video US Increases Security After Paris Attacks

American officials have increased security at government buildings and airports following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the decision was not a reaction to a threat. But officials are worried about people who have fought in foreign wars.

Video President Faces Difficulties Closing Guantanamo Prison

The Obama administration ended 2015 with the release of more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On December 30, the Department of Defense announced that three Yemenis and two Tunisians were flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement.| As It Is

Video Center Helps Refugees with American Life

Every year, hundreds of refugees are resettled in Philadelphia, also known as the “City of Brotherly Love.” Many expect to see the glamorous America they see in the media—a land of big cars, big houses, and easy money. Southeast by Southeast is a community center for the refugees.

Video US Faces More Foreign Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama faces many challenges, from the Islamic State, Russia, Iran to North Korea, as he enters his final two years as president. Experts say the new, Republican-controlled U.S. Congress could make it more difficult for President Obama’s foreign policy team to be successful.

Video US Defends Cuba Policy After Dissident Arrests

The Cuban activist group “Ladies in White” is demanding the release of political prisoners and improved human rights. Berta Solar is head of the group. She says she and others do not believe President Obama’s decision will bring freedom. They also say easing restriction is a mistake.

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  • Westport is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States.  Westport is located on a peninsula on the south side of the entrance to Grays Harbor from the Pacific Ocean.

    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. More

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