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US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

02/25/2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court. More

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet.

Video Hawaii Scientists Study Threatened Shark Species

Many shark species are endangered or threatened, the result of fishing, climate change and ocean pollution. Mike O’Sullivan reports from Honolulu that scientists are getting a shark’s-eye view of their environment to better understand the threats that face this important predator.

Video Animal Weapons Offer Lessons For Human Arms Race

In their fight for mates, food and territory, animals use the weapons they were born with - teeth and claws, horns and hooves. Human animals can use fists and feet, but we have been able to augment our arsenal with sticks and guns and bombs.

Video 'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment.

Video Brewer Combines Loves of Paleontology, Beer

There may not seem to be much of connection between paleontology and beer. But a brewery in the Washington suburbs would not agree. The brewers teamed up with a microbiologist and a paleontologist to create a beer with an unusual ingredient: yeast from a millions-year-old fossil.

Video In Crimea, Voting under the Gun

Crimea's regional government is going ahead with plans for a referendum on joining Russia. But with Russian troops and pro-Russian self-defense forces in control, those in favor of Crimea remaining in Ukraine say it couldn't possibly be fair. VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott has more from Simferopol.

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A half-century after Beatlemania swept the US, VOA’s Music Alley looks at how the rock band The Beatles changed music and culture in the 50 years since they arrived in America.

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Los Angeles police say Los Angeles is the "gang capital" of the United States, with hundreds of active criminal gangs. The city is also home to a gang and re-entry program called Homeboy Industries which has helped thousands of young people say no to gangs and choose a better path. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, the program is so successful that other countries plagued by gangs are looking to Homeboy Industries for help.

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