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Special Olympics Bowler Ready for Summer Games

Special Olympics Bowler Ready for Summer Games

07/20/2015
7,000 athletes from 177 nations will be coming to Los Angeles for Special Olympics World Games, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities. Mike O'Sullivan reports from San Diego that competitor Barbara Figueroa is getting ready for the challenge, which starts July 25th. More

Video California Developing Warning System for Water Quality at Beaches

Some California beaches remain polluted, including some tourist hot spots. Scientists at an environmental organization called "Heal the Bay," along with Stanford University and UCLA are now developing a much faster way to determine water quality at beaches by using computers.

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. This famed house is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.

Video Study: Fish Use Whole Bodies When They Eat

About half of all vertebrates – those animals with a back bone – are fish with bony rays or spines. These 30,000 ray-finned fish species have evolved a similar feeding motion. Researchers at Brown University have x-ray video that shows how fish use their bodies when they eat.

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

The Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan is where many Syrian refugees live. Inside the camp, families are using the social media mobile phone applications to send messages to friends and families.

Video Oysters Make Comeback in New York's Great South Bay

The Blue Point oyster which originates in Long Island’s Great South Bay, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from New York City, is making a comeback after almost disappearing from the world marketplace.

Video Making Homeless People Homeowners

Doris Buffett, the sister of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has donated one million dollars through a non-profit organization to house homeless people with mental illness.

Video US Senate Ends Government Collection of Phone Records

President Barack Obama has signs a bill to reform and restart the collection of American's telephone records. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives, ending the government's collection of telephone data intended to prevent terrorist attacks.

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home.

Video Cambodia’s Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

Joining the circus is a staple for young dreamers around the world – and in Cambodia too, where the skills some youngsters learn can turn their lives around. VOA met one graduate of a school where a fortunate few underprivileged children are taught an unusually broad curriculum.

Video Report: Proper Forest Management a Key to Feeding Planet

The world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. By that time, the demand for food will double. According to a new report, the world's forests, if managed properly, could provide some help in reducing hunger and improving nutrition.

Video Volunteers Pull Together to Aid Baltimore Riot Victims

Calm has returned to Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed almost a week ago to stem the rioting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody. Six police officers, three of them African-American, have been charged in connection with his death. Baltimore is now trying to get back to normal, in part with the help of volunteers who responded to calls to help those in the city'

Video 'Resounding Earth' - Forging Music From Metal

Sometimes you can feel the clear sound of a bell from your head to your feet. Take that idea and think big and you may have an idea of what Augusta Read Thomas is trying to do with "Resounding Earth." June Soh has more.

Video Evelyn Rubio Releases Sexy and 'Saxy' New CD

Mexican-born and Houston-based blues singer Evelyn Rubio has released a new CD that shows off her talents as a singer, songwriter and dynamic saxophone player. She also has a music video that shows both her sexy and “saxy” sides.

Video Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populations

A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.

Video Teen Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business.

Video Seoul Highlights Environmental Investments at Climate Change Conference

At a major climate change conference in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul showcases its efforts to greatly reduce air pollution, increase energy efficiency and improve urban environments.

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art From Trash

It is said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That idea helped inspire a program in San Francisco, in which recycled materials are used to create works of art.

Video Report: State of Black America a 'Tale of Two Nations'

The National Urban League "State of Black America" report is described as a "tale of two nations." The annual report found that under an equality index African Americans had only 72% parity compared to whites in areas such as education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement.

Video New Girls' Clothing Line Challenges Gender Stereotypes

Many little girls like dolls, flowers, butterflies and ponies. A lot of them also like cars, robots, dinosaurs, and spaceships. Two mothers decided to make clothes that reflect all the things that little girls are, and do, and love.

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  • Myanmar hopes to replace poppies with coffee

    Audio In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee

    Myanmar’s Shan State is the second-largest opium-producing area in the world. But the area's poppy farmers are now earning less for their crops, as the price of poppy fluctuates. Now, the United Nations is hoping many farmers in Shan State will decide to grow coffee instead. More

  • FILE - In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official said his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.

    Audio Afghan Government: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013

    The Taliban earlier this month said Mullah Omar is alive. Also Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers sought details about the group to enforce a nuclear deal with Iran; Turkish warplanes attacked targets in northern Iraq; and Zimbabwean officials are seeking an American dentist who killed a protected lion. More

  • Fish teeth and shark scales from sediment in the South Pacific Ocean dating around the mass extinction event 66 million years ago, photographed under a high powered microscope. (Credit: E. Sibert on Hull lab imaging system, Yale University)

    Audio Dinosaur Death Leads to Rise of Fish

    Tens of millions of years ago, an asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The event led to a global mass extinction that has been linked to the end of the dinosaurs. New examination of fossils from sediment shows what that great disaster led to: a modern age of fish. More

  • Video Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets in Iraq

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has expressed support for Turkey’s military operations against Islamic State militants and the Kurdish rebel group the PKK. The rebels have been fighting Turkey for greater minority rights for more than 30 years. More

  • Audio North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009. More

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  • Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

    Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

  • Audio Why Do Mosquitoes Choose to Bite You?

    Mosquitoes need blood to survive and their favorite target is humans. They are completely driven by smell. How do they find their victims and why do they prefer some people more than others? New research now shows how mosquitoes choose who to bite. More

  • 'You're Giving Me the Creeps!'

    "You're giving me the ...!" The jitters, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, goose bumps, butterflies, and a heart attack ... you can give all these things to other people. Are they good or bad? Read on to find out! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Can I, Could I, May I?

    English teachers and parents used to try very hard to get young people to use "may" when asking for permission. Now it seems that "can" or "could" works just as well. Learn about the rules for asking permission with these modals. More

  • Video The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

    In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay. More

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