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James Buchanan tried and failed to end the country's bitter dispute over slavery.

Audio Buchanan Considered One of the Worst US Presidents

Buchanan was the last president before the North and South divided into civil war. More

Retired clinical therapist Doug Oliver discusses old times with Geneva McElroy at a senior center in Nashville, Tennessee. (M. Osborne/VOA)

Audio Conversations Find Lost Memories

Conversations about the past are proving to help senior citizens remember the present. These conversations are also helping them fight depression and feel better about themselves. | Health Report More

Heat Wave-Las Vegas

Audio How to Survive the Heat

Floods, storms and other natural events kill thousands of people every year. So does extreme heat. In fact, heat may be nature’s deadliest killer. | Science in the News More

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Audio Nuclear Missile Site Turns Tourist Site

The Cold War is long over. What do you do with a missile launch when a war is over? Turn it into a tourist site, of course. More

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Audio Pharsalia Plantation Celebrates 200th Anniversary

That’s old time American music to celebrate an anniversary -- for a house. Pharsalia Plantation is on a beautiful mountain country road in Virginia. You can understand why Thomas Massie decided to build the house there in 1814. More


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Sectarian means having something to do with groups or sects. Sectarian violence is the term commonly used to describe fighting among groups or sects.
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Video News Words: Sectarian

Sectarian means having something to do with groups or sects. Sectarian violence is the term commonly used to describe fighting among groups or sects.
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Video News Words: Regime

Regime is another word for government. It usually has a negative meaning.
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Video News Words: Startup

Startup means to set something in motion. This news word is often used in business story to describe a new company.
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Video News Words: Mainstream

Thoughts, beliefs and choices accepted by the largest amount of people are commonly referred to as "mainstream."
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Video News Words: Legislation

Legislation is a law passed by a legislative body like the U.S. Congress.

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