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Dragon puppet on street (© AP Images)

The Year of the Rooster: How are Americans celebrating?

People across the United States and around the world will come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of many winter holidays celebrated in America.
Maria Daume wearing camouflage makeup and military uniform (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Greg Thomas)

From Russia to the Marines, her next stop is infantry school

Born in a Russian prison, Maria Daume has become one of the first women to graduate from U.S. Marine Corps basic training and qualify for infantry school.
Blurred image of chefs in a kitchen (Shutterstock)

Inauguration weekend also means charitable donations

Washington restaurants are planning to donate part of their profits from the presidential inauguration to local charities that serve the community.
Fireworks over Washington (© AP Images)

The National Mall: Coming together in America’s backyard

Located right in the heart of Washington, the National Mall hosts almost 3,000 events every year, from political protests to kite festivals.
Illustration of blue objects orbiting and creating waves (R. Hurt/Caltech-JPL)

Discovery of gravitational waves named top breakthrough of 2016 [video]

Science magazine has named the discovery of gravitational waves as the top scientific breakthrough of 2016.
Small car on street (© AP Images)

5 technologies set to take off

2016 was an exciting year for technology and innovation. Here are some of the technologies you can expect to hear more about in 2017.
Illustration of computers connected with different national flags (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Making the world more accessible through translation

Online translation services are getting better thanks to machine learning, opening up a world of options to non-English speakers.
Two men walking toward wreaths of flowers attended by man in uniform (© AP Images)

A message of peace as Obama and Abe honor fallen at...

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined President Obama at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the fallen in the war between their countries.
Uniformed musicians on stage (U.S. Navy via YouTube)video

U.S. Navy Band’s rendition of Arabic song goes viral [video]

Millions of people online have tuned in to watch and hear the U.S. Navy Band sing a popular Egyptian song.