Each autumn, a wooded stretch of highway high in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia attracts crowds of tourists who come to admire the colorful fall foliage. Deborah Block takes us for a spin on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
U.S. federal workers are to begin returning to work Thursday morning, after Congress approved a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama has signed the measure into law, ending a political stalemate and avoiding a potential U.S. debt default. VOA's Richard Green has the details.
Financial markets have remained relatively stable throughout the protracted debate in Washington over extending the $16.7- trillion government borrowing limit. However, now that a last minute agreement has been passed and a disastrous national debt default averted, some investors are still anxious about how this recent crisis will affect America's financial standing in the long term.
A growing number of U.S. hospitals and clinics are adding a dose of Mother Nature to their medical kit - planting gardens for their patients and visitors. Faiza Elmasry takes us on a tour of Johns Hopkins Hospital's healing gardens and reports that although they were designed to look like little oases, they are more than just part of a pretty landscape. This report voiced by Faith Lapidus.