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US Students Score Poorly on National Arts and Music Exam

(VOA): When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. The National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday that in 2016, American eighth graders scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300. Some 8,800 eighth graders from..

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Jobs, Homes at Stake in US-Canada Trade Squabble

(VOA): Canadian officials say a new tariff imposed by the Trump administration will raise the cost of new homes in the United States by $1,000 each, and shut 150,000 Americans out of home ownership. Washington's decision also puts "thousands" of U.S. homebuilding jobs at risk,..

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Obama Looks to Next Generation of Community Organizers

(VOA): In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former President Barack Obama participated in a discussion in his adopted hometown on the campus of the University of Chicago where he once served on the faculty. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh explains, while the..

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Voices From Around the World Rate Trump's First 100 Days

(VOA): It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe.   Donald Trump campaigned on an “America First”..

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Arkansas Executes 2 Prisoners in One Night

(VOA): The southern U.S. state of Arkansas executed two people in the span of about three hours late Monday, as authorities work to carry out death sentences on a number of inmates before a drug used in the lethal injections expires at the end of the month. The first to die Monday was..

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Pro-Marijuana Activists Stage 'Smoke In' at US Capitol

(VOA): The decades-long battle to legalize marijuana remains cloudy in 2017. The Obama Administration declined spending federal taxpayer money to enforce a drug policy that most Americans say needs updating. But the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has been an outspoken opponent of..

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Hurried Arkansas Executions Fan Death Penalty Debate

(VOA): When Robert Blecker, a professor at New York Law School, first witnessed an execution, it reminded him of the scene when his father-in-law died in a hospice. “In both cases, the dying person was wrapped in white sheets, lying on a gurney with an IV coming out of his arm, attended by..

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Trump Vows Border Wall, but Postpones Funding Fight

(VOA): President Donald Trump vowed again Tuesday to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to block illegal immigration, even as he is signaling he is willing to postpone a fight over funding it until later in the year to avert a possible government shutdown this week. "Don't..

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