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  • Video A Year Later, Still No Word on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared one year ago on a flight from Malaysia to China. The flight was carrying 239 people. Malaysian officials have declared the plane’s disappearance an accident. But families with loved ones on the plane still want to know exactly what happened. More

  • Video Trail Rides Kick off Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    Trail rides are a big part of tradition for horse and bull riders from all over the huge state of Texas. It is a tradition that dates back to 1952. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is where all of them show up to participate in the largest event of its kind in the world. More

  • Audio India Bans British Rape Documentary

    Officials in India have blocked the showing of a British documentary about a rape that shocked the world two years ago. The film includes comments from one of the six men who carried out the attack. His words angered many Indians. Some people say banning the film is not a solution to the problem More

  • 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

  • Video US Cities Protect Civil Rights Heritage to Increase Tourism

    President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of a day known as “Bloody Sunday.” On March 7, 1965, police officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators in Selma. The protesters were part of a campaign to get voting rights for African-Americans. More

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Steam and smoke is seen over the coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Coal power plants are among the biggest producer of CO2, that is supposed to be responsible for climate change.

    Audio Capturing CO2 Is Costly and Difficult

    Most scientists agree that increasing amounts of carbon-dioxide gas in the atmosphere is partly to blame for climate change. Climate change can have a big effect on weather conditions around the world. Scientists are looking for the best and least costly methods for capturing the gas. More

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    Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

    U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure. More

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

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