A partial U.S. government shutdown is in its fourth week, becoming the longest federal work stoppage in American history. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where finger-pointing abounds amid President Donald Trump's continuing demand for border wall funding and congressional Democrats' refusal to approve it.
Despite e-books and smartphones with reading apps, the book business in the U.S. is enjoying a resurgence. And though internet sales take their toll on bookstores around the country, one store in Portland, Oregon, seems to be operating as usual. Powell's Books, founded by a family of Ukrainian descent more than 45 years ago, is as popular as ever. Iryna Matviichuk reports from Portland in this story narrated by Anna Rice.