Grade Level
Reading Standard
SCIENCE
02.18.15

Hawaiians watch Kilauea's lava advance, pause, tease

Everyday life for Hawaiians in the path of Kilauea's molten lava means watching, waiting and preparing to move. Stores have closed, then reopened. The volcano is not in a rush.

WAR & PEACE
02.17.15

Who will build the top-secret warplane?

Two companies are in a competition to see who will be chosen to build the new stealth bomber. It will be a huge project and cost billions of dollars. Building it will also create badly needed jobs.

LAW
02.17.15

Some gay couples married in Alabama but state is still fighting for a ban

Some Alabama judges are obeying a federal judge says gay couples can get married. But others are obeying the state's top judge, who says the state ban on gay marriage should stand.

SCIENCE
02.16.15

Chimps manage to come up with new sounds for a common object

A recent study suggests a key element of communication might have been present 7 million to 13 million years ago in a common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans

LAW
02.16.15

Rosa Parks' emotional journals on display

Rosa Parks was a fascinating woman known all over the world. She wrote in journals her whole life. A collection of her writings, documents and photos are now on display in Washington, D.C.

LAW
02.16.15

Texas faces a growing education gap

Hispanics are only half as likely as whites to have a college degree in the Lone Star State and 24 others; critics oppose legislation that would repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

MONEY
02.12.15

PRO/CON: Filling America's need for skilled workers

U.S. companies are facing a shortage of skilled workers. What's the best way to solve this problem? The authors give their different opinions on the matter.

MONEY
02.12.15

Colombia: a global flower power

For this Valentine's Day in the U.S., three-quarters of the flowers people buy will come from the Andean nation. It's the world's second-largest flower exporter.

HEALTH
02.12.15

Air pollution is blowing in the wind from Asia to California, experts say

California has spent years fighting air pollution, or smog. Now that the air is cleaner, state officials have found pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean from Asia. How bad will it get?

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Next big app could be to track food organisms

Food safety is a big concern as supermarkets go global. Salmonella and bacteria are not easy to catch until people become ill. Databases to track food DNA could be the game changer.

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Endangered whale may be safer in an aquarium

Many people agree that whales should not be made to perform. But some orcas have been captive for so long, setting them free could kill them. Both sides will tug at the endangered Lolita.

MONEY
02.11.15

NBC News suspends anchor Williams

It marks the first time a network news anchor has been discharged of his duties.

MONEY
02.10.15

Capitol Records gets its groove back

The Beatles and Beach Boys have always been familiar faces at Capitol Records. But they are, well, old now. The label's future is riding on young talent, including Sam Smith and Katy Perry.

HEALTH
02.10.15

Obama encourages parents to do more to reduce childhood obesity

The first lady spoke at a high school in New York where the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would spend $500 million to get kids to eat healthier foods and exercise more.

SPORTS
02.10.15

The cost to play school sports is rising and fewer students can afford it

School sports have always been a great way to stay in shape, make friends and learn to play on a team. But fewer families can afford the rising costs of fees for equipment and travel.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Alternative gardening where the soil is too salty

Rising sea levels and other climate change events have left Bangladesh's soil unusually salty and unusable. A nonprofit has introduced vertical gardening to some villages with great success.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Sick, underfed sea lions are washing up in California in record numbers

This is turning out to be another record year for sea lion strandings in California. What is causing the Unusual Mortality Event (UME)? So far experts have lots of theories, but no answers.

KIDS
02.09.15

United Way offers early reading program to poor schools

The charity is donating reading nooks, books and a reading website to get kids reading more.

WAR & PEACE
02.08.15

"I'm Ahmed." An Iraqi musician finds his voice in U.S.

Walking down the street with your guitar case is not a big deal to Americans. But a young Iraqi musician had to hide his love of music. Then he discovered musical freedom in the United States.

LAW
02.08.15

In wake of lethal confrontations, police and young black men try talking

Residents and law enforcement officials in one North Carolina town are trying to avoid the kind of situations that resulted in civilian deaths last summer in Missouri and New York City.

HEALTH
02.08.15

Five babies near Chicago get measles; are enough Americans vaccinated?

The babies in Palatine, Illinois, were too young to be vaccinated. But experts say declining vaccination rates are hurting "herd immunity," which helps protect the whole population.

WAR & PEACE
02.05.15

France has plans to make the country less divided

The suburbs of France are deeply divided. The people feel less connected to the rest of the nation based on their race, religion and geography. The president hopes to change that.

KIDS
02.05.15

Tiny high school is a force to be reckoned with on FFA field

This small California high school has made a big impact on the Future Farmers of America program in their region. They work hard and have ribbons and trophies to show for it.

SCIENCE
02.05.15

California's shrinking snowpack may spur building more water storage

With more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow during winter, the state will have to change the way it manages one of the world's most complicated water systems, experts say.

WAR & PEACE
02.04.15

No book is safe as Islamic State group attacks libraries

The people of Mosul tried to protect the city's history and artifacts as best they could, even risking death. But militants stormed libraries, lighting fires and destroying most books in their path.

ARTS
02.04.15

Harper Lee's long-awaited second book only took 55 years

Author Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" book is an American classic. Many readers wondered why she didn't follow it up with another. She did. But until recently, it was lost.

HEALTH
02.04.15

Game on! New study says video games could be good for you

Kids have a new argument against video game screen-time limits set by parents. Researchers say gaming might not be such a waste of time and could improve memory and brain power.