March 06, 2015 02:23 UTC

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Video An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

The occurrence, or event, in our story takes place during the Civil War of the eighteen sixties between the American states of the north and the states of the south. A group of soldiers is hanging a southern farm owner for trying to stop northern military movements across the Owl Creek Bridge. More


In the News

U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, right, covers a slash on his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul, after he was attacked by an armed assailant, in Seoul, March 5, 2015.

Audio US Ambassador to South Korea Injured in Attack

Ambassador Mark Lippert is said to be in stable condition after a man in Seoul stabbed him. Ambassador Lippert was left with 80 stitches in his face. In other news, Liberia has released its last confirmed Ebola patient. The World Health Organization said Liberia reported no new cases last week. More


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Foreign Companies Feel Increasingly Unwelcome in Chinai
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The American Chamber of Commerce in China finds that 47 percent of foreign businesses in China feel unwelcome. That was up from 44 percent last year.
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Video Foreign Companies Feel Increasingly Unwelcome in China

The American Chamber of Commerce in China finds that 47 percent of foreign businesses in China feel unwelcome. That was up from 44 percent last year.
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Video Farmers Use Creative Methods to Grow Crops

In areas of Bangladesh where the soil has become salty, farmers are using “vertical gardens” to grow gourds, pumpkins, green beans, eggplant, red amaranth, beets, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, cabbage and more.
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Video Mobile App Preserves African Folktales

A Nigerian businesswoman has designed an application that tells stories that teach moral lessons.
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Video English in a Minute: Keep One's Eyes Peeled

"To peel" means to pull back a layer. But, does this idiom really mean you pull back your eyelid? Figure out what it means with this episode of English in a Minute.
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Video News Words: National Guard

What is the National Guard in the United States? Hear about what the National Guard does from our hosts. And please leave a comment about News Words below.
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Video Regulators Criticize Chinese Internet Company Alibaba

Chinese regulators said Alibaba has not done enough to stop the sales of illegal counterfeit goods its Taoboa website. Alibaba has quickly grown to become a huge Internet company valued in the billions of dollars.
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Video Effects of Ebola Still Hurting West African Schools

Liberian officials say schools will have all the necessary safety measures in place to start classes.
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Video China: Not Using Organs from Executed Prisoners

In China’s recent past, executed prisoners supplied demand for organ transplant operations. Now the country says that has changed.
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Video Project Uses Global Imaging to Stop Illegal Fishing

Experts estimate twenty percent of the seafood market comes from illegal fishing. A new device follows fishing boats to try to stop the criminal activity.
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Video TALK2US: Would You Go to Mars?

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about whether or not folks would take a one-way ticket to Mars.
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Video Solar Powered Plane to Fly Around the World

Pilots flew an earlier model of the plane from Switzerland to Morocco in 2012 and across the United States in 2013. They plan to fly the new version for 25 days over a five month period.
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Video English in a Minute: Back to Square One

Where and what is "square one?" And why would you want to return to it? Watch this video to figure out how to use this common American English expression.
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Video News Words: Symptoms

This word is often used when talking about disease or medical conditions. See and hear how it is used in a news story. And tell us what you think in a comment.
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Video Greece Seeks to Re-negotiate Loans

The Syriza party has won elections in Greece and formed a ruling coalition. Now, Greece may seek to renegotiate loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fundy worth $268 billion.
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Video New Minister Cleans Up Cambodian Schools

Over 75% of students failed their Grade 12 final examinations in August 2014. Why did so many students have trouble passing? A recently established government policy had prevented cheating.

World

Video UK Group Brings Eyeglasses to Rwanda

Most people in developed countries do not have a problem getting prescription eyeglasses. They go to an ophthalmologist -- a trained specialist who treats problems and diseases of the eye. But in poor countries like Rwanda, it may take a lot more time, effort and money. More

Business & Economics

Video US West Coast Ports Working Again

A labor dispute had slowed operations at more than 29 ports on the West Coast of the United States. Negotiators reached a deal that permitted work to restart. But, they are still working on details of the agreement. The work stoppage has slowed U.S. trade with Asian countries. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

Entertainment

Audio Politics Share the Stage at the Oscars

Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate. More

America

Video Dealers Show Marijuana Products at DC Show

Industry representatives demonstrated smoking equipment and marijuana plant growing systems. Some even gave business advice about what supporters hope will be a successful industry. But the drug itself was not on display at the show. It is still a violation of federal law to possess marijuana. More

Science & Technology

FILE - An embryologist works on a petri dish at a London fertility clinic.

Audio 'Three-Person Babies' Debate Goes Beyond Science and Religion

Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy uses the genetic material from three people to create babies. The stated purpose of the therapy is to help mothers avoid passing genetic mutations to their babies. Some say MRT will lead to 'designer babies.' Others say it is dangerous, immoral or just wrong. More

Education

Question 2 - Self-Governance From US Citizenship and Immigration Service's Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test

Audio Will Citizenship Test Make Better Citizens?

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Virginia debated but did not pass a similar bill. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect. More

History

Grand Review of the Armies,  May 23, 1865

Audio The Civil War Ends

Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More

The Day in Photos

Male Afghan women's rights activist wear burqas to show their solidarity with Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day in Kabul.

Male Afghan women's rights activist wear burqas to show their solidarity with Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day in Kabul.

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