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In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


12:40 AM - 12:43 AM December 19, 2014

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8:49 PM - 8:54 PM December 18, 2014

Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba


3:00 PM - 3:03 PM December 18, 2014

What’s the Top 'Trending' Search This Year?


12:35 AM - 12:38 AM December 18, 2014

India React Pakistan Attack


11:18 PM - 11:21 PM December 17, 2014

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In the News - December 15, 2014

Two Hostages, Gunman Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis


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In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


9:40 PM - 9:45 PM December 12, 2014

Climate Change Talks End with Hope, Unresolved Issues


5:33 PM - 5:39 PM December 12, 2014

US Allies Named in CIA “Torture” Report


11:46 PM - 11:51 PM December 11, 2014

Big Hero


10:36 PM - 10:39 PM December 11, 2014

China Rejects US Report on Sea Claims


11:43 PM - 11:46 PM December 10, 2014

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12:40 AM - 12:45 AM December 06, 2014

In the News

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6:13 PM - 6:19 PM December 05, 2014

US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules


10:43 PM - 10:47 PM December 04, 2014

In the News 12-04-14


10:45 PM - 10:49 PM December 03, 2014

In the News 12-03-14

    Audio What’s the Word of the Year?

    The American English dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announces their word of the year for 2014. The publisher bases its choice on how many people look up the word in its online dictionary. Many search for these words after major news events or stories on entertainment and sports.

    Video What’s the Top 'Trending' Search This Year?

    At the top of Google’s top-trending searches list is Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor who died four months ago. The list also includes the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, ISIS and Flappy Bird. Chances are that more people have heard of the game Angry Birds than Flappy Bird.

    Audio Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

    President Barack Obama announced a major change in United States’ policy toward Cuba this week. He said he wants Congress to ease more than 50 years of U.S. sanctions against the island nation. And he said the two nations should once again formally recognize one another.

    Audio Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

    Three top Islamic State leaders were killed in a series of targeted airstrikes in Iraq. U.S. not ruling out White House visit by Cuban President Raul Castro. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children. Putin says Russia’s economy will improve in two years.

    Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

    After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview."

    Audio Taliban Kills at Least 130 People at Pakistani School

    At least 130 people are confirmed dead in Pakistan after Taliban militants raided an army-operated school. Also, Australians mourn the victims of a hostage-taking, and Korean Air faces possible fines and flight suspensions because of the actions of a top airline official. | In the News

    Audio Two Hostages, Gunman Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis

    Australian police have ended a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three dead. Hong Kong’s chief executive says protests in the territory are over while demonstrators promise to return. US Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward.

    Audio US Allies Named in CIA 'Torture' Report

    Security has been strengthened at United States embassies and offices after the release of a report on the Central Intelligence Agency. The report describes the CIA’s methods of questioning terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks. | In The News

    Audio Climate Change Talks End with Hope, Unresolved Issues

    The United Nations climate change talks in Lima, Peru aimed to create a plan for reducing greenhouse gases around the world. But rich and poor countries disagree over who should be responsible for reducing carbon pollution. And some say the plan does not do enough to protect human rights.

    Audio China Rejects US Report on Sea Claims

    The U.S. says China’s claims do not honor the U.N. Law of the Sea treaty. Also, a teenage suicide bomber kills at least one person in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. And, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces the nominees for Golden Globe awards.

    Audio Ukraine Cancels Peace Talks Set for This Week

    Talks between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels had been scheduled for Friday. Also in the news, blasts hit market in Kano, Nigeria; Activists Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi accept Nobel Peace Prize; and Time magazine has chosen Ebola health care workers as their 2014 "Person of the Year."

    Audio Last Remaining Hong Kong Protest Sites to Be Cleared

    Also, the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebel forces suspend fighting Tuesday to observe a 'day of silence' ; and the Iraqi prime minister asks the United States for more weapons and airstrikes to fight Islamic State militants. And, that's in the news.

    Audio Deadly Storm Moves Toward Manila

    Also, aid and rights groups call on the international community to help Syrian refugees; Indian Prime Minister urges people to vote despite violence in Kashmir; and many people have died in the crash of an overcrowded bus on a narrow mountain road in Nepal. | In the News

    Audio US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules

    Recent grand jury rulings have fueled demonstrations in some American cities. Power over grand juries rests with the 50 individual states, and the rules differ from state to state. The Obama administration has established a federal task force to examine policing policies.

    Audio New York City Announces Plan to Retrain Police

    Also, American space agency officials delay plans to launch a new spaceship for at least a day, the group Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula threatens to kill an American hostage and the Somali militant group Al Shabab says it has shot down a Kenyan military plane.

    Audio Kerry: It Will Take Years to Defeat Islamic State

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday it will take years to defeat IS militants. Also in the news, a suicide bomber kills three in Somali capital; WHO says Ebola is spreading faster in Sierra Leone; and an American husband and wife cleared of daughter's death are allowed to leave Qatar.

    Audio Lebanon Detains Wife, Child of Islamic State Leader

    Security officials say the Lebanese military has detained a wife and child of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Also in the news, Hong Kong protest leaders plan to surrender to police on Wednesday, and two top officials in Kenya have been replaced after a deadly terrorist attack.

    Audio Hong Kong Protesters Warned Not to Return After Clashes

    Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police officers in the Chinese territory. Also, Boko Haram is being blamed for an attack in Nigeria. In Afghanistan, police and civilians are killed in a suicide attack, and Uruguay's ruling coalition keeps power in the presidential election.

    Video After Protests, Ferguson Looks for Answers

    On Monday, protesters burned buildings and police cars and destroyed businesses in the Midwestern U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri. Their actions followed the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to send a white police officer to trial for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen.

    Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

    Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government.

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  • Audio Reports Say North Korea Hit by Huge Internet Outage

    North Korea appears to be experiencing a widespread Internet outage. Hours earlier, The U.S. warned it would answer a computer attack against Sony Pictures. U.S. investigators blamed that hack job on North Korea. Sony canceled the release of a disputed humor film about North Korea's leader. More

  • Investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Dec. 20, 2014.

    Audio Man Who Shot NY Police Officers Had Record of Violence, Mental Illness

    A top New York City police official says the man who killed two officers Saturday had a record of violence and mental problems. Ismayyil Brinsley shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in their police car in the Brooklyn, New York. He then shot and killed himself at a nearby train station. More

  • Word of the Year

    Audio What’s the Word of the Year?

    The American English dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announces their word of the year for 2014. The publisher bases its choice on how many people look up the word in its online dictionary. Many search for these words after major news events or stories on entertainment and sports. More

  • Rice farmers in Cambodia tend to their crops. Some 12% of the country's paddy fields are believed to have been destroyed due to the flooding in Southeast Asia.

    Audio Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World

    For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. More

  • Google Scrubbing Search Results

    Video What’s the Top 'Trending' Search This Year?

    At the top of Google’s top-trending searches list is Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor who died four months ago. The list also includes the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, ISIS and Flappy Bird. Chances are that more people have heard of the game Angry Birds than Flappy Bird. More

Featured Stories

  • Nuclear fusion display at the Weiss Energy Hall, Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Audio Is a Fusion Nuclear Reactor Coming Soon?

    The United States technological organization Lockheed Martin says it will produce a working fusion nuclear reactor within five years. Lockheed Martin says it may have an operating prototype by 2017, and a version for sale by 2022. Fusion involves forcing together atomic nuclei. More

  • Obama National Christmas Tree

    Audio The History of Christmas in America

    In the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. People did not have a set way of celebrating. Christmas was not even an official holiday yet. More

  • Video Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity

    Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar." More

  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

  • Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

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