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Samantha Elauf, who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, is pictured at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Feb. 25, 2015.

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A closely watched case before the Supreme Court could have major results for religious rights in the workplace. It involves the clothing stores Abercrombie & Fitch and a young Muslim woman. She wore a Muslim headcovering, called a hijab, when seeking employment with the company. More

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Video Former Muslims Break Their Silence

A former Muslim created a support group for others in the US and Canada who have left the faith. He wants former Muslims to meet, talk about their experiences and know that nothing is wrong with the decision to leave their religion -- some say it is a crime that can be punished by death.

Audio The Changing Faces of Philanthropy

American philanthropists gave more money to charitable causes in 2014 than the year before. The journal Chronicle of Philanthropy says that the top 50 donors from the U.S. gave a total of $9.8 billion. Many donations came from entrepreneurs who made their money in technology.

Video Long Legal Battle Expected Over President's Immigration Order

On Monday, a U.S. federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order would protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being sent back to their home country. Twenty-six states argued Mr. Obama overstepped his powers as president.

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Video Teacher Remembers North Carolina Shooting Victims

The three young people were all born in the 1990s. A woman who taught all three says they gave more in their short lives than many give in a full lifetime. She says the young people did whatever they could to help others. The suspected gunman is in jail. Police continue to investigate the shooting.

Audio Washington Has Three Birthdays and Other Presidential Fun Facts

Americans honor the first president, George Washington, in February. The U.S. government calls George Washington's Birthday is not really his birthday. Some states consider the holiday a time to remember other presidents, too. How much do you know about American leaders?

Audio Prisoners Are Learning Computer Programming

Prisoners in California are learning how to write programs for computers -- an activity known as computer coding. It is a skill that many employers are seeking in new workers. Computer coding is now being taught at San Quentin State Prison, just north of San Francisco. The class began last year.

Audio Americans Eating More 'Fast Casual,' Less Fast Food

There is a growing trend in America towards more healthy food. People are visiting more “fast casual” restaurants and less fast food ones. Meanwhile, McDonalds earnings continue to decline. Observers say Americans want more choices and fresh food when choosing where and what to eat.

Video Hate Crime Not Ruled Out in Muslim Students' Death

On Tuesday evening, a man shot and killed three Muslim students in North Carolina. Many American Muslims said the students’ deaths did not get widespread news coverage because of their Islamic religious beliefs. Police officials continued to investigate the possibility of a hate crime .

Photogallery Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for World Heritage List

Frank Lloyd Wright is called the father of American modern architecture. He created most of his works from 1900 to the 1950s, but his open-living spaces and imaginative designs still appear very modern. Last week, the United States nominated 10 of his buildings for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Video Thomas Jefferson's Collection Still Impresses 200 Years Later

Thomas Jefferson sold thousands of his books to the Library of Congress to replace books destroyed during the War of 1812; his collection includes the Koran in English and books on philosophy, mathematics, physics and agriculture. The collection is the centerpiece of the Library of Congress

Video Measles Becomes a Medical, Scientific, Political Issue in US

Measles has become a public health issue in the United States. Measles cases were first reported last month at Disneyland in California. Since then, the disease has spread to more than 100 people across the country. And everyone has an opinion including parents and politicians.

Audio Why Do Republicans Win So Many Offices in the US?

Republicans now control a large majority of America’s state and national offices -- including most of the governor’s offices, state legislatures and the US Congress. The reasons: white voters leaving the Democrats and Republicans focus on winning at state and local level.

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Audio Obama Seeks $50 Billion for Foreign Relations Spending

Of the four trillion dollars requested in his budget, President Obama proposes to spend more than $50 billion on diplomatic and aid efforts around the world. That amount represents about 10 percent of what has been suggested for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Audio US West Coast City Using New Tsunami Refuge

Tsunamis are unexpected huge ocean waves. Earthquakes are often the cause of tsunamis. And that can interfere with escape. One coastal town in Washington State is copying a method used in Japan to survive tsunamis. Westport, Washington, is building the first U.S. vertical tsunami shelter.

Audio Why Do So Few US Women Hold Top Jobs?

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes.

Audio Former Secretaries of State Discuss National Security

Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and Madeleine Albright talked about Islamic militants, immigration and the crisis in Ukraine. Protesters interrupted the event and tried to arrest Kissinger. They accused him of wrongdoing in South America, Vietnam and other countries. | As It Is

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    Audio At Least 33 Dead in Ukraine Mine Explosion

    A coal mine exploded early Wednesday in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Also in the news, the US Justice Department released its Ferguson police department report; China has announced it will increase its military spending by 10 percent; and Mexico captured a Zetas drug leader. More

  • Video UK Group Brings Eyeglasses to Rwanda

    Most people in developed countries do not have a problem getting prescription eyeglasses. They go to an ophthalmologist -- a trained specialist who treats problems and diseases of the eye. But in poor countries like Rwanda, it may take a lot more time, effort and money. More

  • FILE -  People sit by a tent at a makeshift camp in Calais, northern France, Sept. 7, 2014.

    Audio Paris Tent Camp a Sign of Troubles Facing Asylum Seekers

    France has Europe’s second largest number of asylum seekers. Rights activists have criticized the France's treatment of asylum seekers. The most recent criticism came from the Council of Europe, Europe’s top rights group. Now, French lawmakers are considering a plan to improve the asylum process. More

  • FILE - A construction crew works on a site where a new hospital is planned, in Navua, Fiji.

    Audio China's Aid to South Pacific Rises

    A new report says China alone has provided $1.4 billion in foreign aid to the South Pacific region. The researchers say China is likely to become the region's third-biggest donor after Australia and the United States. It says the aid might help ease tensions between China and countries in the area. More

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015.

    Audio Israeli PM: Iran Nuclear Talks Are a ‘Very Bad Deal’

    Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to US lawmakers Tuesday. Also in the news, Sec. of State Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif meet for a second day to discuss Iran's nuclear program; Russia blocks European leaders from Nemtsov funeral; and North Korea says joint military exercises could spark war More

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    Audio 'Three-Person Babies' Debate Goes Beyond Science and Religion

    Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy uses the genetic material from three people to create babies. The stated purpose of the therapy is to help mothers avoid passing genetic mutations to their babies. Some say MRT will lead to 'designer babies.' Others say it is dangerous, immoral or just wrong. More

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    Audio Capturing CO2 Is Costly and Difficult

    Most scientists agree that increasing amounts of carbon-dioxide gas in the atmosphere is partly to blame for climate change. Climate change can have a big effect on weather conditions around the world. Scientists are looking for the best and least costly methods for capturing the gas. More

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    Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

    U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure. More

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

  • Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

    A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

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