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'Arrogant' Donald Trump Leads Republican Pack

08/29/2015
Immigration continues to top the list of subjects being debated in the Republicans’ race for the White House. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is gaining attention, and popularity, by making comments about immigration. New numbers show Mr. Trump pulling far ahead of former front-runner Jeb Bush. More

Video Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

The proverb "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them.

Audio Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music.

Video Volunteers Change Lives, Build Community

A non-profit group called Thread helps high school students find a job, wash their clothes, complete school and more. The relationships between its volunteers and the students are designed to last at least 10 years. | As It Is

Audio Fighting Climate Change Important to Obama

President Obama has called climate change the greatest threat to national security. At a clean energy meeting this week, he pushed solar power and other renewable energy sources. His political opponents say his plans will hurt the oil, gas and coal industries and the American economy.

Audio Gunman Kills Two Journalists During 'Live' Broadcast

A gunman opened fire on an American television news crew during a ‘live’ television broadcast Wednesday morning. Two people died in the attack. They were identified as 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward.

Audio History Made: Two Women Become US Army Rangers

Two women recently completed what many believe is the American military’s most difficult training. But current rules do not permit them to join a combat unit. However, that may soon change. The Army is reviewing the rules on whether women will be able to join men in combat roles.

Video Small Farm Is a Hit in the Big City

Community supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, allow participants to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by local farmers. John Glebocki, owner of Glebocki farms, has expanded his CSA program to a law firm in New York City.

Audio Should Birth in the US Automatically Give Citizenship?

Some Republican presidential candidates want to change the 14th Amendment to the Constitution so that being born in the United States does not make a baby a US citizen. Other candidates support the Amendment but want to limit abuses. | In The News

Audio Prosecutors: Uber Drivers Have Criminal Records

Lawyers in two California cities have expanded their civil lawsuit against the online ride-sharing service Uber. Court records show that the company has hired people previously convicted of murder and sex crimes, despite background checks.

Audio A Candidate's Voice May Affect How We Vote

Not only what a candidate says, but how it sounds when he or she says something. Two recent studies examined the effect of voice pitch -- its highness or lowness. The studies suggest that candidates with lower voices have better chances when it comes to seeking political office.

Video A Mix of Food and Guns at Shooter’s Grill

Workers at a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, carry loaded guns, and so do some of the people who eat there. People come to see the restaurant from around the world, and eat “Shotgun Burritos” and “Locked and Loaded Nachos.” VOA visited Shooter’s Grill, and got mixed opinions about its gun policy.

Audio America's 'Capitals of the World'

Both New York City and London like to be called the "financial capital of the world" and the "fashion capital of the world." But do you know what U.S. city is the "cowboy capital of the world?" Or the "watermelon capital of the world?" Learn about a few small-town "capitals of the world" in America.

Audio U.S. Flag Flies Over Embassy in Havana, Cuba

US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the flag raising ceremony in Havana. Cuba and the US reopened embassies in each other's capitals on July 20. The countries had not enjoyed diplomatic relations for 54 years. Cuban dissidents were not invited to the flag raising ceremony Friday.

Video Unrest Marks Anniversary in Ferguson, Missouri

On the anniversary of teenager Michael Brown's death, protesters again filled the street where riots and attacks have occurred in the last year. There was bottle and rock throwing. But some protesters say that is to be expected. "Violence is going to happen...regardless," said one protester.

Video Boy Scouts of America Cancels Ban on Gay Leaders, Workers

However, local scout units linked to religious groups may still refuse to accept homosexuals as leaders and employees. The national organization’s decision is seen as an effort to stop a drop in membership, avoid legal action and meet the demands of religious leaders. | As It Is

Video Landmark US Law Marks 50th Anniversary

The 1965 U.S. Voting Rights Act banned discrimination based on a voter’s race or skin color. It also required states with histories of racial barriers to get federal approval before changing any election rules. But, 50 years later, some people argue that this historic law is under attack.

Audio First US Presidential Debate: What Will They Say Next?

On August 6, the 10 candidates with the most public support will argue issues and politics in front of a live audience. The event will be broadcast on television as it happens. It will be the first of 11 debates planned through next March. Experts say most people will watch to see Donald Trump.

Audio What’s in a Name?

The big news comes … you are going to have a baby! Now the work begins – the work of picking the perfect name for your bouncy baby boy or girl. In the US, some parents stick to traditional family names. Some are inspired by pop culture. And others pick qualities they hope their child to have.

Video Louisiana Using BP Settlement Money to Restore Coast

Five years ago, workers stopped a well that had been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. This month, the company judged responsible for the disaster, BP, agreed to pay $18.7 billion to states along the Gulf coast. The money will help pay for economic and environmental restoration.

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  • Audio Serena Williams Chasing History at US Open

    The U.S. Open tennis tournament begins Monday in New York City. It is the last opportunity for 127 women to win a ‘Grand Slam’ title this year. And it is a chance for one player, Serena Williams, to win a place in history. A victory would give Williams a rare 'calendar-year Grand Slam.' More

  • Diana Kuya is a student at the University of Nairobi.  She plans to start her own agribusiness once she graduates.

    Video More Kenyans Exploring Agricultural Businesses

    Kenya is facing high unemployment rates. Recent college graduates face a difficult time in finding a job. Now, more and more Kenyan university graduates are planning to start pursuing agricultural business -- 'agribusiness'-- as way to have their own business and make money. More

  • Video Student Develops Gun Unlocked by Fingerprint

    Kai Kloepfer has a talent for technology. He has been teaching himself engineering skills since he was a child. He decided to create a gun designed to prevent accidental shootings. More

  • Audio Is China’s Economic Information Correct?

    An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes. More

  • Audio Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

    On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music. More

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    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

  • Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

    It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

  • Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

    The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More

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    Video Could Organizing Your Home Change Your Life?

    A new movement in the United States is all about clearing away unnecessary things in your life. A Japanese cleaning expert on clutter is now the hot topic on playgrounds, at work and parties. But can cleaning out clutter really help you succeed at your job or lose weight? Read on to learn more. More

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