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“I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech.
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.
The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit.
They stood near the birthplace of Los Angeles, now the second largest city in the United States. They were close to where settlers and a few soldiers from Spain first set up the city in 1781. The settlers had left a nearby Roman Catholic religious center called Mission San Gabriel Arcangel.
The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide.
In the 1960s, about 90% of American adults were married. But researchers are finding that Americans’ marriage and dating customs have changed, especially for people under age 35. A new online dating application launching this week tries to make it easier for young, highly educated people to meet.
Despite their American citizenship, some immigrants to the United States report they still are treated like foreigners. However, members of the Chinese American community say attitudes are starting to change. Helen Zia said, “Whenever US-China relations get chilly, Chinese Americans get pneumonia."
A 2009 study showed that Americans held a high opinion of Chinese Americans. The study found that Americans considered them educated, hardworking, and having strong family values. But Chinese Americans have not always been accepted easily into America.
The U.S. and China have the two largest economies filled with opportunities and jobs. In 2013, a Pew study found that 45 million international migrants lived in the United States. Yet only “850,000 people living in China were born in other countries.”
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.
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
In 1934, U.S. officials wondered where to put the country’s most dangerous prisoners. They found a place on an island in the harbor of the city of San Francisco, California. It was officially called Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, but everyone called it “The Rock.”
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.
Most Americans say their favorite season of the year is summer | This Is America
A gift from the people of France, and a beacon of hope to arriving immigrants, “Lady Liberty” stands up to time, heavy use and fierce weather | This is America
Washington lived at Mount Vernon for more than 40 years. The big wooden house is 24 kilometers south of Washington, DC -- the city named in his honor. | This is America
All about Charleston, a beautiful city with an interesting story | This is America
The town of Tombstone, Arizona welcomes thousands of visitors each year. They come from all over the world to experience a colorful part of the wild American West. Saddle up, come along, and practice your American English, as we visit "The Town Too Tough to Die" | This Is America
It could have turned out to be a statue of Washington on his horse, but instead, it rises above the Washington panorama, and provides great views of the Nation's Capital. Come along with us on a visit to the Washington Monument - and practice your American English as you read and listen | This Is Am
Memorial Day honors all of those who have died in America's wars. But the holiday began as a way to remember soldiers killed in the Civil War.
At least 5 foreigners and 3 guards were killed Tuesday in a hotel attack in Tripoli; President Obama pays respects to Saudi King; Islamic State militants threaten two hostages’ lives; Indonesia’s military halts its search for a passenger plane; and the US northeast is hit with a big snowstorm. More
Non-Muslims may have some difficulty understanding Muslim concerns about their Prophet Muhammad. But the National Museum of Women in the Arts is being criticized for its exhibit on how the Mother of Jesus appears in European art. More
The US Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint meeting of the House and Senate in March. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not contact the Obama administration about the visit. President Obama will not meet with Mr. Netanyahu. More
Japan says the government is working with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese cititizen. The Islamic State militant group is holding Kenji Goto hostage, but claims to have executed another Japanese hostage. The hostage crisis will likely increase divisions among the Japanese public. More
The 2015 North American International Auto Show took a test drive in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. It was the first major international car show in the U.S.
Automobile manufacturers from around the world presented over 500 models, gas, electric, luxury, performance and concept vehicles More
It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. More
New technology could help to more closely follow passenger airplanes, and find them when they crash; international group to meet next month to discuss changes. Airline industry leaders and regulators want to improve airplane safety. They want better, more dependable tracking devices. More
“I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech. More
The movie is based on a book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He is considered the deadliest marksman in the history of the United States military. The film explores how war can affect a soldier's mental and emotional health and stirs a debate on social media over its message. More
Members of TechShop use high-tech equipment to develop and produce ideas they have for inventions. Members are able to use costly machines including 3D modeling tools and laser cutters. Membership costs for TechShop start at just over $100 per month. | Science in the News More