The U.S government is partially closed for a third week with no end in sight as President Donald Trump resolutely demands funding for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border and Democratic lawmakers continue to rule it out. VOA’s Michael Bowman has this report.
A New York professor, who teaches German at New York's Elmira College, speaks six languages, has a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and two master's degrees. Plus she writes poetry and sings. Those are big accomplishments for anyone, but professor Carrie Hooper is also blind. VOA's Laura Konda met Hooper to hear how she triumphed despite the challenge of not being able to see.
For some, castlelike mansions in Los Angeles are just pretty to look at and an unattainable dream. But for designer Chris Toledo, they are an inspiration. He makes exact, yet miniature copies of these magnificent houses. They have it all — in bathrooms, electricity, fireplaces and chandeliers. One day, Toledo hopes to sell his miniature creations and earn enough to buy a real-life house of his dreams. Angelina Bagdasaryan reports from Los Angeles on this story narrated by Anna Rice.