Volunteers are decorating floats for the Rose Parade, which takes place January 1 in Pasadena, California. The parade also includes marching bands and precedes the Rose Bowl college football game, always held on New Year's Day. Mike O'Sullivan went behind the scenes to see the preparations for this annual tradition.
Snow is a part of winter in many parts of the United States, but it's a distant reality in temperate areas of the country. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, that some children are getting hands-on exposure to the icy element, despite the warm weather.
Just weeks after Nelson Mandela's death, a film about his life opens in U.S. theaters. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom follows the apartheid icon's journey from a lawyer and activist, through decades in prison and finally to president of South Africa. VOA's Penelope Poulou reports.