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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. More

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?

Audio Girl Making History in Little League World Series

As the Little League World Series celebrates its 40th anniversary of letting girls play, two take to the mound. And one has a fastball that is leaving the boys at the plate score-less.

Audio For President Obama, Race Is a Personal Issue

The racial violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri is an important issue for Barack Obama, the first African-American president. Mr. Obama has asked protestors to stop fighting with police. And he has called for calm and understanding. But violent protests continue.

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    Audio Hong Kong's Democracy Movement Gets Attention in Taiwan

    Taiwan's government called on China to respect Hong Kong's wishes to elect some of their leaders. The Taiwanese are watching what happens in Hong Kong to see if a “one country, two systems” relationship works. More

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    Audio China Targets Chinese with Dual Citizenship

    China's Ministry of Public Security published rules for reporting Chinese who have foreign citizenship but keep their Chinese identity cards and benefits. The new policy is directed at so called “naked” officials. More

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    Audio Women Use Twitter to Support Jihad

    The Umm network and what some call the Islamic State use Twitter to urge both men and women to serve the jihad movement. They also use it to send Islamic State pictures, videos and messages. More

  • France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) attends the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris September 15, 2014. French President called on Monday for a global response to counter Islamic State militants du

    Audio 30 Nations Pledge to Fight Islamic State Group

    Delegates from about 30 countries, as well as UN, EU and Arab League meet in Paris and agree to lend support. Hundreds of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea. The Philippines may permit the United States to base some of its navy forces on the island. | In the News More

  • Labour party MP Jim Murphy addresses a crowd during his "100 streets in 100 days" tour to promote the case for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 2, 2014.

    Audio Scotland's Independence Vote Is Too Close to Call

    The upcoming vote on independence could end the 300-year union of Scotland and Britain. However, two major banks say they will move their headquarters if the vote is "Yes." More

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