October 10, 2015 20:01 UTC


US Congressman Drops Out of Race for House Speaker

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race for one of the most powerful positions in the United States. He was expected to become the next Speaker of the House. The position is third in line to the presidency. The speaker would become president if something happened to both. More

Audio US Military Shapes What Americans Eat

Food writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo says many processed foods have resulted from the work of a U.S. military laboratory somewhere. She says the military’s interest in food science increase during World War Two, when it sent meals to 1.6 million troops worldwide.

Video Asian Immigrants to Overtake Hispanics

A new study by the Pew Research Center says Asians will be the top immigrant group in the year 2065. Fifty years from now, there will be more Asian than Hispanic immigrants in the United States. And, they say, no race or ethnic group will have a majority in the country.

Video Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive.

Video Father of Oregon Victim Says Gunman Targeted Christians

U.S. officials are investigating an attack Thursday at a college in rural southern Oregon. Officials identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. They said he killed at least nine people at Umpqua Community College.

Audio Southern States Among the Poorest in US

Mississippi is the nation’s poorest state, says the US Census Bureau. Most people earn around $39,680 a year. Maryland ranks as the richest state, where most people earn around $73,971 a year. In addition to Mississippi, the three poorest states include West Virginia and Arkansas.

Audio Another Mass Shooting in the U.S.

A young male gunman killed 10 people Thursday afternoon at a community college in rural Oregon.The gunman, in his 20s, opened fire in classrooms around midmorning, according to the New York Times and the social media site, Twitter. The shooting lasted about a minute, sources said.

Video LA Trade Show Attracts Marijuana Businesses

Use of the plant marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, but it has been legalized for medical or personal use in 23 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. This has attracted investors and created a boom for many businesses. Last year, almost $3 billion worth of marijuana was sold.

Audio Donald Trump Announces Tax Plan

"It's going to cost me a fortune," Trump said, referring to his proposed income tax increase for the wealthiest Americans. But, he argued, his plan would "trigger the economy, make everyone want to go back to work." Some critics say the plan is not as new and different as Trump might be claiming.

Video Chinese Girls Raised in America Find Their Identity

An American journalist adopted a young Chinese girl 18 years ago. Now the girl returns to China to learn about identity and to teach others about abandoned children throughout the country.

Audio Voters Influenced by Flashy Debates

Governor John Kasich of Ohio is said to be one of the more calm candidates in the crowd of Republican candidates. Research shows that voters are influenced by flashy candidates.

Audio Some in US Questioning 'Birthright Citizenship'

The United States is one of about 30 countries in the world that gives automatic citizenship to babies born within its borders. The Republicans running for president have brought the issue up for debate in America. Some want to end the birthright citizenship for all babies born in the U.S.

Video New York Bakery Puts Pope’s Face on Cookies

A family-owned bakery in New York City is making the cookies. A lot of people are buying them, but workers say some Catholics are not comfortable eating them. Workers at the bakery have been making special pope cookies since 2008, when Pope Benedict visited New York.

Audio Republican Debate Answers Few Questions

Eleven Republican candidates competed Wednesday night to show how strong they would be if elected president of the United States in 2016. Businessman Donald Trump, who is leading in the polls, was a target early in the debate.

Audio Maryland County Overturns English-Only Law

More than half of all American states have laws making English the official language. A law making English the official language of a town in the United States was recently overturned. The law is controversial because it seems to say to undocumented workers – go home.

Video Living in a Shipping Container

In some parts of the United States, housing is so costly that people are now living in shipping containers. But they often must keep their communities secret from local governments. The large metal boxes were once used to ship products across the country or overseas.

Audio Pope Francis to Make Historic Trip to US

The popular Pope Francis will be coming to Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia later this month. He will be busy. In six days, Pope Francis will deliver 18 speeches and homilies. His trip will include Masses, meetings, speeches to Congress and the United Nations – and visit with the poor.

Video Father Serra: Saint to Some, Unworthy to Others

Pope Francis will declare the California priest a saint of the Roman Catholic Church later this month in the United States. Some Native Americans do not believe Father Serra deserves the honor. | As It Is

Audio Man’s Law or God’s Law? Americans Debate Religion in Government

A small-town government official in Kentucky is at the center of a dispute about religious freedom and civil rights. Kim Davis went to jail last week because she refused to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Supporters cheer her faith.

Audio US Candidates Debate Iran Nuclear Deal

United States presidential candidates Wednesday spoke publicly about a proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. The agreement, or deal, would limit Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. In exchange, the U.S. and world powers would ease economic sanctions against Iran.

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    Not many animals give so much life when it dies as whales do. Whales live on average between 50 to 70 years. When they die, they sink to the ocean floor. There they supply food and shelter (room and board) to creatures for decades more. Necessary words to understand this article are carcass, decay a More

  • Audio Number of Dead in Hajj Stampede Disputed

    Associated Press count is almost twice the number of the count released by Saudi Arabia. Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of mismanagement of the pilgrimage, calls for an independent agency to plan and operate it. | As It Is More

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    Jasmine Taylor pours sake at the Grand Sake Tasting in Washington, D.C. Japanese music played while people drank rice wine and ate traditional food. This celebration raised money for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More

  • Audio China Warns About ‘Provocative’ Moves in South China Sea

    Recent reports said that the U.S. was planning sea patrols close to man-made islands in the South China Sea. When asked about these reports, China’s Foreign Ministry warned against “provocative behavior” in the area where many countries have conflicting territorial claims. More

  • Audio US Arrests Former UN Official

    John Ashe was arrested on Tuesday at his home outside New York City. The 61-year-old served as United Nations General Assembly president. US officials say he charged with taking bribes and violating US tax law. Five other people also are charged in connection with the case. More

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    When musicians over the age of 50 are the star performers, you expect to see many Baby Boomers cheering them on. Aging rock music stars usually have Baby Boomer fans. Younger rock stars are more likely to appeal to Millennials. But at the Lockn' Music festival, two generations came together. More

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