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Is North Korea Preparing to Strike US Electric Grid?

This composite image made available by NASA and assembled by data acquired from the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012 uses the satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), to show the U.S's lights at night.

08/26/2014
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. More

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.

Audio Diners Increase Business with Healthy Food

Restaurants called “diners” can be found throughout the United States. They make simple, low-cost food. But traditional diner food is often unhealthy. One group of diners is cooking healthier food for their customers and, surprisingly, they love it.

Audio Police Actions Cause Anger

Many Americans are angry about the police use of military practices and equipment, like rubber bullets and tear gas, against protestors in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Protests happened after the recent deaths of unarmed civilians when they clashed with police officers.

Audio Biltmore Estate Takes Visitors Back in Time

The huge home in North Carolina was built at the end of the 1800s. The man who owned the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina was George Vanderbilt. Biltmore has 250 rooms and the house is now open to the public. | This Is America

Audio Movie Star, Comedian Robin Williams Dead at 63

Actor and comedian Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide. Police said the 63-year-old entertainer was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California. His publicist said Williams had recently battled severe depression.

Audio Police Reaches US Residents through China's Weibo

A police department in California uses a popular form of Chinese social media way to protect and communicate with the local population.

Audio Philadelphia Laundry Succeeds by Being Green

Gabriel Mandujano operates a cleaning service called Wash Cycle Laundry. He opened the service four years ago in the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time, Mr. Mandujano had three goals: earning a profit, developing community and staying “green” – not harming the environment.

Audio Nixon Resignation Remembered

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He resigned because of his involvement in a series of events that became known as the Watergate scandal.

Audio What Makes a Refugee?

Thousands of children have traveled to the United States from Central America without one or both parents. Officials are struggling to deal with the situation. The growing number of arrivals has led to a debate over whether or not they can stay.

Audio Is the World a Mess?

A former top U.S. diplomat blamed the complexity of recent world events on what she called two “game changers.” They are the behavior of Russia’s president and political unrest in the Middle East. | In The News

Audio American Ebola Victim to be Brought to US

An American infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning to the United States. The unnamed aid worker will receive treatment at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Doctors have been able to keep some people alive if they get immediate treatment in a hospital.

Audio Chinese Fighters Changing Face of US Boxing

Two Chinese heavyweight boxers are changing the face of boxing in the United States.

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.

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    Audio Tunnel Warfare: From Gaza to North Korea

    North Korea suspected of digging tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone to aid in attack on South Korea. More

  • Palestinians celebrate following announcement of a cease-fire in Gaza City Aug. 26, 2014.

    Audio Israel and the Palestinians Agree to Truce

    The leaders of Russia and Ukraine have also announced an agreement to begin talks about a possible cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. And, in Hollywood, 'Breaking Bad' wins Emmy for best drama series | In the News More

  • This composite image made available by NASA and assembled by data acquired from the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012 uses the satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), to show the U.S's lights at night.

    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. More

  • Residents of Tabqa city tour the streets on motorcycles, carrying flags in celebration after Tabqa air base fell to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, c

    Audio Syria Asks for Help to Fight Islamic State

    Syria is willing to work with the international community in the fight against Islamic State militants. Ukrainian official Russian tanks and other military vehicles had crossed into southeastern Ukraine. Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown. More

  • Researchers have developed a blood test that predicts Alzheimer's disease

    Audio Scientist Developing Blood Test for PTSD

    There may some day be a blood test to find out if someone suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or is at risk for the psychiatric condition. More

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    Audio Raw Chocolate Is Better For Your Health

    Is Chocolate Good For Us? Or Just Good. The experts may disagree on that point. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest type yet. More

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    Audio Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

    Doctors are worried about a type of malaria spreading in South East Asia that is not responding to usual treatments. Doctors can still treat infected patients with stronger drug cocktails. But they worry that it is just a matter of time before those medicines also become ineffective. More

  • Audio Taylor Swift Releases New Single

    The artist also announced that a new album, '1989,' will be out in late October. Swift says the sound will be all pop | American Mosaic More

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    Audio Lincoln-Douglas Debates Set the Stage for the 1860 Election

    Democrat Stephen Douglas was seeking re-election as a U.S. senator from Illinois. His opponent was a lawyer from the new Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln. | The Making of a Nation More

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    Audio While You Sleep, Your Brain Works

    While we sleep, our brains are doing much more than getting ready for the next day. Researchers at the University of Rochester found that the brain may be busy cleaning house -- cleaning out harmful waste materials. More

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