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US Political Parties Hope to Gain Latinos' Vote

Roberto Hernandez

10/29/2014
United States citizens of Latin American ancestry could influence the U.S. elections on November 4th. Americans will vote for members of the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and state and local positions around the country. In California, Latinos are an important vote for Democrats. More

Video Home of Last Comanche Chief Close to Ruins

One of the most interesting people in U.S. history is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the country’s Comanche Indian tribe. Quanah Parker was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Quanah Parker was a fierce fighter.

Video Music Helps Children Perform Better in School

The Harmony Project in California provides free music classes for children in poverty. Researchers have found that the brains of children who grow up in poverty interpret sounds differently from other children. The study shows how musical training helps the brain so poor children can process better.

Video Woman Is Guardian for 900 Immigrant Children

A woman in Miami, Florida, is now legally responsible for more than 900 of these children. Their parents signed documents giving Nora Sandigo what is called guardianship. Every day she provides supplies to the children. People donate the supplies to Ms. Sandigo’s non-profit organization.

Video US Congressional Candidates Recognize Voters’ Fears

Recently, researchers asked a group of Americans for their thoughts about the most important issues facing the country. Two of the most common answers were the Ebola virus and the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. And the campaigns have played up these issues in the campaigns.

Audio California Considers Changes to Water System

Water is in short supply in California. After three years of drought, dozens of towns and cities have imposed mandatory water rationing. This water shortage is causing many Californians to urge the state to change its water policy. Officials have restricted use of water on grass, trees and lawns.

Audio Control of US Senate Depends on North Carolina

U.S. congressional elections are less than two weeks away. A small number of races will decide if the Democratic party keeps control of the U.S. Senate or if Republicans will have a majority. One of the closest Senate races is in the state of North Carolina between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting.

Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders.

Video US Police Increase Use of Body Cameras

Police officers in Washington, DC, and New York City are wearing cameras on their bodies as part of a test. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of force by officers and lower the number of criticisms from citizens. Police officers in many smaller communities are already doing so.

Audio US Politicians Target Asian American Voters

Asians are the fastest growing minority in the United States. Political scientists say Asian Americans are starting to have an influence on U.S. politics. There now are more Asian Americans in Congress than ever before. Candidates are reaching out to Asian Americans for their support.

Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour.

Audio Naming the Nameless Dead on US-Mexico Border

From January to September of this year an estimated 230 migrants died trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. This is according to a new report released by the International Organization for Migration. The organization says that number might be higher. | As It Is

Audio Hundreds of California Homes in Need of Water

Severe drought has struck California for a third year. The lack of water is affecting farms, cities and small communities. California’s Central Valley is usually fertile. But the lack of rainfall has left hundreds of homes without water.

Audio Same-Sex Marriage Rights Advance in the US

The Supreme Court decided not to change state laws permitting same-sex marriage. Now, a majority of U.S. states either currently allow gay couples to wed — or will shortly.

Audio US Memorial Honors Disabled Veterans

The memorial sits on a one hectare wide property. At the center is a fountain in the shape of a five-point star. It represents the five branches, or divisions, of the U.S. military. Visitors also will find a reflecting pool made from black granite.

Audio Chinese Firm Pays Record Price for Waldorf Astoria

The $1.95 billion deal with Anbang Insurance Group is the highest price ever paid for a U.S. hotel. Other Chinese buyers have also spent $22 billion on real estate investment in the U.S. for the twelve-month period ending in March 2014. In the 1980s, Japanese companies also bought US properties.

Audio Republicans Are Confident with Midterm Elections

Republicans currently control the House of Representatives; party leaders believe the November 4 election will give them control of the Senate, too. If the opposition party holds the majority in Congress, President Obama will have a difficult final two years in office.

Audio 91-Year-Old Achieves Dream, Learns To Fly

You are never too old to try to make your dreams come true! This could be Mary Moe's motto -- the expression that best captures her spirit. Mary Moe has done a lot during the past 91 years. For much of that time, she wanted to fly, but never had the chance – until now.

Audio Do You Want Milk with Magazines?

The US Postal Service has lost billions of dollars in the past few years. So, it is exploring other ways to earn money. Postal Service officials recently announced that they want to compete in “the grocery delivery market.” | As It Is

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    Audio Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Kobani

    Also in the news, Burkina Faso ends efforts to extend its presidential term limit after protests in the capital. Ukraine says the EU will be guarantor in any gas deal with Russia. Myanmar holds a major meeting Friday. And claims of cheating delay SAT results for South Korean and Chinese students. More

  • Video Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue

    The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and Malaysia, among other countries. But one place the movie cannot be seen is Singapore. That is because the government there has banned it. More

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    Video Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Hit the Streets

    Bicycle frames are usually made out of materials like carbon fiber, steel or aluminum. But in rural Ghana, a businessman has developed another way to make bicycles from a natural product -- bamboo. The wooden bike parts are sent Ghana to Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. | As It Is More

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    Audio A Halloween Special: The Devil is Everywhere ...

    Today we take you to the Dark Side. (insert evil laugh here) We teach expressions that involve the king of evil – the devil. Read on to learn how to “speak of the devil”, “to play devil’s advocate” and to ”make a deal with the devil.” | Words and Their Stories More

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    Video Questions for NASA after Rocket Explosion

    An unmanned privately-owned rocket bringing supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after launch Tuesday night. The accident did not cause any injuries on the ground. However, it has raised questions about efforts by the US space agency NASA to use private companies. More

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    Audio South Defeats North Again at Manassas

    Lincoln named George Pope to lead the Army of Virginia. He wanted to join Pope’s forces with the Army of the Potomac and break through Confederate defenses around Richmond. But General Robert E. Lee decided to hit Pope first. More

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    One of the most interesting people in U.S. history is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the country’s Comanche Indian tribe. Quanah Parker was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Quanah Parker was a fierce fighter. More

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    Audio Mass Vaccination of Dogs Can Eliminate Rabies

    About 70,000 people worldwide die every year of rabies. Rabies is a viral infection that people get mainly through dog bites. Scientists say vaccinating dogs can effectively get rid of rabies outbreaks in dog populations. And this will have a domino effect, fewer humans with rabies. More

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    The gas methane has been linked to rising temperatures on Earth. But methane does not stay in the atmosphere as long as another “greenhouse gas” -- carbon dioxide. Scientists say both gases trap heat from the sun. They prevent heat from escaping into outer space. More

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