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Police, Citizens Work to Create Safer Neighborhoods

Protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The Aug. 9th shooting of Michael Brown by police caused violent protests in Ferguson, a town near the city of St. Louis. Police used tear gas against the protestors.

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American police are using “community policing” to both fight crime and improve relations with citizens in many areas. | As It Is More

Audio Botanist Works to Save Hawaii's Rare Plants

Hawaii is home to many native plants. They include 1,200 species, 90 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world. But Hawaii also has become the endangered species capital of the United States. Nearly 40 percent of the plants on that endangered list grow in Hawaii.

Audio Video Highlights Domestic Abuse Issue

Twenty-five percent of American women will experience domestic violence, that is, physical abuse by a partner. Most cases are never reported to police. But recently such violence was captured on video tape.

Remarks of President Barack Obama Address September 10, 2014

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Audio Girl Shoots Instructor, Fueling Gun Debate

After a nine-year-old accidentally killed her gun instructor, Americans talk once again about guns and children. In the United States, federal law bars anyone younger than 18 from owning a handgun. But, many state laws give young people the right to shoot all kinds of guns.

Audio American Jews Struggle Over Gaza War

The Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip resulted in the death of an estimated 2,000 Palestinians. This is a cause of concern for many American Jews. They feel loyal to the state of Israel. But they also believe the Israeli government may have gone too far in Gaza.

Audio Hunger Threatens One in Seven Americans

The United States Department of Agriculture has released a report on the problems that Americans have getting food. The report says one in seven U.S. families last year did not have food security -- the ability to get healthy food.

Audio Americans Debate over Payments to Terrorists

The militant group known as the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Americans are now debating whether the United States should have paid money to the group in exchange for their release.

Audio Mixed Signals at US Border with Mexico

Since last October, tens of thousands of children have entered the United States without a parent or legal guardian. This was two times the number as the year before.

Audio Will US, Allies 'Destroy' Islamic State Group?

The execution of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, have angered many people in the United States. President Obama says he plans to build a coalition to, in his words, “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State militants.

Audio Asian Insect Threatens Florida's Citrus Industry

Florida’s citrus industry is facing serious threats from an Asian insect. The insect can be a carrier of bacteria that attack citrus trees. The spread of the bacteria shows the danger of bringing non-native organisms to America soil.

Audio Virginia Site Tests Drones for FAA Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has chosen a university town in Virginia as one of six places to test drones. Drones are aircraft without human pilots. A drone can also be called an unmanned aircraft system, or UAS. The town, Blacksburg, is home to Virginia Tech University.

Audio It's an Emergency in Any Language

In most countries, people can make a telephone call to ask for medical or police help using just three numbers. In the European Union, the number is 1-1-2. Some Asian countries use 9-9-9. In North America, the number is 9-1-1.

Audio Will Technology Drive the Drive-In Out of Business?

More and more movie theaters around the world are replacing older equipment with modern technology. The new equipment heightens the movie-watchers’ experience with sharper image and clearer sound. But what will happen to the drive-in theaters around the country?

Audio No Way to Know When Earthquake Will Hit

Last Sunday, an earthquake struck the Napa Valley area of northern California. Some roads bent, while underground pipes burst. It was the strongest earthquake to strike the Napa Valley in 15 years. There is no way to know when the next one hit.

Audio Is North Korea Preparing to Strike US Electric Grid?

An advisor to Congress says country’s electric system is mostly unprotected and vulnerable to an EMP attack. He said North Korea tested the plan last year when it put a satellite into orbit. The satellite was in a position where it could carry out such an attack against the United States.

Audio Use of Mass Transit Is Highest in Nearly 60 Years

A record number of Americans are moving into cities. When they move into urban areas, they drive less. New York City is one of the top cities for new people and for users of mass transit. There are about 3.4 billion rides on New York City subways and buses every year.

Audio Ferguson Shooting Sparks Interest in Body Cameras

The disputed shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has led to an increased interest in body cameras. A small number of American police officers wear such cameras.

Audio Lawyers Give Free Legal Help to Needy

Legal advice can cost a lot. A person with little money does not have the same ability to get legal help as a richer person. A growing number of lawyers are working for free. Who are they helping and why?

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  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled from the violence in the Iraqi town of Gwer, wait to return at a check point at the entrance of the town, Aug. 18, 2014.

    Audio Iraqi Girls Escape Islamic State Militants

    Samira, age 17, and Samia, 14, are members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority. They and other Yazidis were forced from their homes in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Azar last month and captured by the Islamic State militants. Here's the story of their escape. More

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    Audio 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss'

    How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories More

  • Protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The Aug. 9th shooting of Michael Brown by police caused violent protests in Ferguson, a town near the city of St. Louis. Police used tear gas against the protestors.

    Video Police, Citizens Work to Create Safer Neighborhoods

    American police are using “community policing” to both fight crime and improve relations with citizens in many areas. | As It Is More

  • Former French hostage Francis Collomp (C) is welcomed by relatives and officials including Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) on the tarmac upon his arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, November 18, 2013. Collomp, a French engineer who

    Audio West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

    Western countries have differing policies over making ransom payments to win the release of hostages. In the past month, the Islamic State group has killed two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money to hostage-takers. More

  • Farmers hold signs during a protest to protect their paddy fields from being part of a land grab to make way for the construction of a luxury Ecopark resort in Van Giang district, in Vietnam's northern Hung Yen province, outside Hanoi April 20, 2012. Land

    Audio Vietnam Rejects Reports of Police Abuse

    Human Rights Watch has found an increase in the number of reports of torture and death of individuals detained by police. But Vietnam has rejected the report that accuses Vietnamese police of abusing detainees. More

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