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  1. Students Build Program That Sniffs Out Twitter 'Bots'Read the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 4 | Voice of America

    For months, university students Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte had been tracking about 1,500 political propaganda accounts on Twitter that appeared to have been generated by computers when they noticed something odd. In the hours after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the bots, short for robots, shifted into high gear, jumping into the debate about gun control.


  2. Glasses Capture 360 Video From Wearer's PerspectiveRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2018 | Voice of America

    Imagine putting on a pair of glasses and immediately being able to record 360-degree video, hands free, regardless of what you are doing. It will soon be possible with glasses made by Orbi.


  3. Ursula K. Le Guin, Best-selling Science Fiction Author, DiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2018 | Voice of America

    Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said Tuesday. "She left an extraordinary legacy as an artist and as an advocate of peace and critical thinking and fairness, and she was a great mother and wife as well," he said.


  4. Hong Kong Democracy Battle Now Waged in CourtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 21, 2018 | Voice of America

    Hong Kong's vigorous activism once earned it the nickname "city of protests." But these days, the Chinese territory has become the city of prosecutions.


  5. Even Without El Nino Last Year, Earth Keeps on WarmingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2018 | Voice of America

    Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.


  6. Yellen to Leave Fed Board When New Leader Sworn InRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 20, 2017 | Voice of America

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens to introductions as she is awarded the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2017. Fed Chair Janet Yellen says she will leave the U.S. central bank's board when her successor is sworn in early next year.


  7. Britain Accuses Russia of Brexit Vote Meddling as New Evidence EmergesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2017 | Voice of America

    British Prime Minister Theresa May Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Oct. 20, 2017. After widespread allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the first evidence is emerging of possible attempts by Moscow to influence Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union.


  8. Students Fight Digital Robots and Fake Accounts on TwitterRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2017 | Voice of America

    Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte, computer science students, recently stared at a screen in their Berkeley apartment showing the Twitter account of someone called "Red Pilled Leah." They suspected she was a "bot," short for robot.


  9. Language Bonds Students Abroad Whose Cultures Clash at HomeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2017 | Voice of America

    As the melodious tunes of an Urdu song wafted in the background, an Indian, a Pakistani and a Bangladeshi - who had just met - found themselves singing along. Soon they were holding hands.


  10. US Denies Pyongyang's Claim It's At War With North KoreaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2017 | Voice of America

    In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2017, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump later said "all options are on the table" in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan.


  11. Right-wing Firebrand Plans to Hold Rally at UC BerkeleyRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2017 | Voice of America

    In this Feb. 1, 2017, photo, University of California, Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak in Berkeley. Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced he is planning to hold a rally Sunday at the University of California, Berkeley, after a student group who planned a week of events with him pulled out, leading the school to announce the event was canceled.


  12. US Campuses Debate Limits of Free SpeechRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 21, 2017 | Voice of America

    In this Feb. 1, 2017, photo, a fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Conservative writer Heather Mac Donald, invited to Claremont McKenna College by the College Republicans, addressed an auditorium of no one.


  13. Is Campus Violence in US Scaring Foreign Students?Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2017 | Voice of America

    A fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus, Feb. 1, 2017. As violence unfolded near the University of Virginia-Charlottesville recently, students in India about to start school in the U.S. asked themselves, "What just happened?" "Everybody in India kind of freaked out," recalls Ved Rajgarhia, 18, from New Delhi, as he and colleagues watched Charlottesville unfold on social media.


  14. California to Become a Sanctuary StateRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2017 | Voice of America

    A student walks past a tip sheet for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who fear deportation that is taped to a window on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California, Sept. 7, 2017.


  15. Bannon to Speak at Berkeley 'Free Speech' EventRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 15, 2017 | Voice of America

    Steve Bannon, pictured during a meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Aug. 20, 2016. Bannon has been invited to speak at the University of California-Berkeley.


  16. Free Speech Costs Plenty at Berkeley CampusRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 15, 2017 | Voice of America

    People hold up signs and shout while listening to speakers during a rally against hate in Berkeley, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. It cost the famously liberal university an estimated $600,000 to put the campus on virtual lockdown as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro spoke Thursday night.


  17. Conservative Commentator Speaks at University Amid Heavy SecurityRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 14, 2017 | Voice of America

    The University of California, Berkeley increased security Thursday ahead of a speech by Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator invited by campus Republicans. As Shapiro spoke Thursday night, city police arrested Hannah Benjamin, 20, for battery on a police officer and carrying a banned weapon.


  18. Counterprotesters Turn Out Against Far-right California RallyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 27, 2017 | Voice of America

    Counterprotesters filled the streets of Berkeley, California, Sunday even though a scheduled far-right rally that had been the target of their demonstration was canceled. Sunday was the second day of demonstrations in the San Francisco Bay area.


  19. Right-wing Group Cancels San Francisco Free-speech RallyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 25, 2017 | Voice of America

    Musician MC Hammer speaks at a rally in San Francisco, Aug. 25, 2017, ahead of politically charged speeches and rallies planned this weekend. The leader of a right-wing group scheduled to hold a "free speech" rally in San Francisco on Saturday now says he has canceled the rally and will hold a news conference instead.


  20. San Francisco-area Leaders Strive to Protect Speech, Prevent ViolenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2017 | Voice of America

    Police and civic leaders in the cradle of America's free-speech movement will struggle to balance liberty of expression with safeguards against violence as demonstrators with varying political viewpoints travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for dueling rallies throughout the weekend. On Saturday, a politically conservative group called Patriot Prayer will host a "freedom rally" near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, over the vociferous objections of San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee and other Democratic leaders who say the group invites hate.


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