April 18, 2015 08:47 UTC

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Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art from Trash

One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure for A local recycling company in San Francisco called Recology. The company created a program to give artists the opportunity to re-use unwanted objects. It shows how a little imagination can change one person’s trash into another’s art work. More

Audio Officials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March of last year. The Malaysian jet was carrying 239 people on flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Air traffic controllers in both countries say they did not receive any message that the plane may have been in trouble. | In The News More

Oles Buzina published opinion pieces in Ukraine's Sevodnya daily newspaper supportive of Russia's policy toward Ukraine.

Audio Ukrainian Reporter Shot Dead in Kyiv

Two gunmen shot and killed Oles Buzina, a leading Ukrainian reporter. Mr. Buzina was known for his pro-Russia positions. Also in the news, Vladimir Putin says Russian economy could improve in two years; Al-Qaida captures a major airport in Yemen; a US CEO cuts own pay to increase employee pay More

Audio War in Yemen: The Players and the Goals

Yemen is home to more than 20 million people. The UN says hundreds of people have fled the country to escape fighting. The conflict is mainly between the Houthis and Yemen’s internationally-recognized government. But everyone knows the situation is more complex than that. More



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Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exami
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04/15/2015
A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers

A recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers.
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Video Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice

“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A. But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit.
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Video New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the Environment

Millions of tons of metals go into landfills as waste. Researchers now are finding new ways to separate metals from waste for recycling which reduces the amount of trash in landfills and saves energy.
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Video Is China Continuing Big Spending to Lift Its Economy?

During the world financial crisis, China spent hundreds of billions of dollars to help its economy. Some experts say those measures may be continuing.

The Day in Photos

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

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English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand oni
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04/11/2015
Have you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand on

Have you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Out of Your Mind

Is someone who is "out of their mind" thinking straight? Learn what this expression means, and how to use it in a conversation!
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Video English in a Minute: Open Book

Does this phrase to do with reading? Probably not, so let's find out what it means.
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Video English in a Minute: Nip it in the Bud

"To nip" means to cut. A bud is a young flower. So, what could this idiom mean? Find out!
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Video English in a Minute: Down to Earth

Someone who is "down to earth" is definitely not a "drama queen," which we learned in last week's episode. But what exactly does this phrase mean?

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