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Chinese Fighters Changing Face of US Boxing

FILE - Chinese Boxer Zhang Zhilei, a 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, poses during his introduction at a press conference.

07/28/2014
Two Chinese heavyweight boxers are changing the face of boxing in the United States. More

Audio Former Agent Blames Politics for US Immigration Crisis

A former U.S. immigration officer says actions being taken by Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border may be causing people to believe differently. The Obama administration says as many as 90,000 children might try to enter the United States illegally from Mexico this year.

Audio Obama’s Weak Poll Ratings Worry Democrats

This is a congressional election year in the United States. Some Democratic Party candidates are concerned about President Obama’s unpopularity could hurt the Democrats’ chances to keep control of the Senate.

Audio Nuclear Missile Site Turns Tourist Site

The Cold War is long over. What do you do with a missile launch when a war is over? Turn it into a tourist site, of course.

Audio Los Angeles Considers Giving Fines for Illegal Watering

California is in its third year of drought, or lack of rain. Farmers in California’s Central Valley have suffered major reductions in the amount of water they can use. The cuts are threatening agriculture, one of the state’s major industries.

Audio Bergdahl Returns to Active Duty

American soldier Bowe Bergdahl has returned to active duty in the United States Army. The Taliban in Afghanistan kidnapped and held Sergeant Bergdahl for five years.

Audio Congress to Focus on US Border Crisis

Congress soon may vote on whether to approve funds requested by President Barack Obama to deal with a rise in immigrants from Central America. President Obama requested $3.7 billion in June to pay for increased border security and temporary housing centers.

Audio Aid Groups, Volunteers Help US with Immigrant Crisis

Tens of thousands of Central American children have entered the United States without family members. Government agencies struggling to deal with the crisis are getting support from charities and other groups. | As It Is

Audio The Gem State, the Land of Lincoln and the Crossroads of America...

America's 50 states have some of the most historically interesting nicknames. In this part two of nicknames of the states, you will learn about the Gem state, the Land of Lincoln and more in the Crossroads of America. | Words and Their Stories

Audio School Helps Dogs with Fear of Flying

Service dogs almost never leave the side of the people they care for. You see them on buses, trains and other public transportation. But loud, crowded, bumpy airplane flights require special preparation. Now, a dog school in Hollywood provides it | American Mosaic

Audio Clinton Still Leads all Likely Presidential Candidates

The latest survey numbers come from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. It found that Hillary Clinton has a big lead against others likely to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

Audio US Navy Promotes First Woman to 4-Star Admiral

For the first time in its 236-year history, the U.S. Navy has a woman as its second-highest ranking officer.

Audio Civil Rights Activists Remember Struggle for Equal Rights

Americans are marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The act became law on July 2nd, 1964. The measure banned discrimination based on a person’s race. It also ended racial separation in schools, businesses, and in some public places, such as hotels and restaurants.

Audio U.S. Works to Protect Itself from Next Big Storm

Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeastern United States. Water levels rose almost four meters in some areas as the storm moved inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. government has promised $920 million for a program to help plan for the next major storm.

Audio Coast Guard Honors Partnership with VOA

Most Americans may have never heard about a Coast Guard ship called the USS Courier. But between 1952 and 1964, the ship floated near the Greek island of Rhodes. During that period, it broadcast thousands of hours of Voice of America programs to the Soviet Union and its allies.

Audio Mainstream Republicans Defeat Tea Party, For Now

Mainstream Republicans claim a victory in their political battle with activists from the conservative Tea Party movement | As It Is

Audio A Fight Over Immigration in the Republican Party

Traditional and conservative members of the Republican party differ on immigration policies | As It Is

Audio Republicans Blame Obama for Child Immigrants

This year, 52,000 children have entered the United States from Mexico without a family member or guardian. The children are mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. U.S. border patrol agents detain most of the boys and girls. | In the News

Audio Obama Tested to Avoid US Military Action in Iraq

The Obama administration now faces questions on whether the troop deployment will lead to a full-fledged, or expanded, involvement in Iraq.

Audio Natural Disasters Require Special Building Design

Natural disasters happen everywhere in the world. Many cause property damage and loss of life. But researchers say the severity of their effects can be reduced if people take steps to prepare.

Learn with The News

  • An African student (C) practices moves as other Shaolin martial arts students look on during the inauguration ceremony of a martial arts training program for African students, at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan province, China, Sept. 25, 2013.

    Audio More Africans Seek Education in China

    Tens of thousands of Africans are studying in China. The country provides students with financial assistance for education to develop skills that Africa needs most. And the system makes friends in Africa for the Chinese. More

  • Rappers Vo Viet Phuong, 25, and Nguyen Trong Duc, 27, record the latest edition of Rap News Plus at Vietnam News Agency's television studio in central Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2014. (Marianne Brown)

    Audio Vietnam Uses Rap Music to Report the News

    The Vietnamese media industry is changing as it faces growing competition from the Internet. One website has come up with a way to reach out to young people. It uses rap music to report the news. More

  • This photo provided by the US Centers for Disease Control shows an Ebola virus. U.S. health officials are watching the Ebola outbreak in Africa. They say there is little risk that the deadly germ will spread to the United States. (AP Photo/CDC)

    Audio Liberia Closes Most Borders to Contain Ebola

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said her country is closing most of its borders. The government has also banned public gatherings and demonstrations in an effort to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. More

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about new sanctions placed on Russia in Washington.

    Audio US, Europe Pressure Russia Over Ukraine

    President Barack Obama says the new actions are meant to increase pressure on those responsible for what he called Russia’s “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The measures are directed against Russia’s energy, arms and banking industries. More

  • Technician work at a uranium processing center in Isfahan, Iran.  The UN Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has converted its enriched uranium into a less dangerous form.

    Audio UN Agency: Iran Converts Enriched Uranium

    Uranium now in a less-dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons; US to release billions in Iranian property More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art

    Making art with found materials is not a new idea. An artist near Washington, D.C. just had her recycled art on exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in Maryland. She uses a material found in every American home. Plastic bags. More

  • Many Southerners approved the decision. But northern abolitionists spoke strongly against it.

    Audio Dred Scott Ruling Opens the Whole Country to Slavery

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had no power to ban slavery in the new territories. The 1857 decision involved a man named Dred Scott. More

  • Medical Marijuana Kids

    Audio Marijuana Helps Children with Epilepsy

    People who support legalization of marijuana say some kinds of the plant offer extraordinary help for human health. For example, one kind of medical marijuana is reported to ease effects of epilepsy, a disease of the nervous system. More

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    Audio From Birds to Bears, Animals Face Danger Around the World

    Hundreds of newly-identified plants and animals in Southeast Asia are in danger. Poachers killed a famous elephants in Kenya. And scientists are working to save polar bears population in Alaska and the Bering Sea. More

  • Audio Ice Cream Sweetens Visits to Maryland Farms

    Maryland’s so-called 'Ice Cream Trail' is 460 kilometers long. The state's agriculture secretary says itl brings valuable attention to the state’s dairy farms | American Mosaic More

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