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Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
A pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Second lady Karen Pence, dressed in green (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice president’s wife puts spotlight on art therapy

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Pence, champions both children and art therapy as she travels with her husband around the world.
Circle of hands holding red ribbons (© AP Images)

We’re closer than ever to ending HIV/AIDS this World AIDS Day

Latest U.S. government data show historic highs in HIV prevention and treatment as people around the globe celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1.
Students looking at teacher holding solar panels (Josh Bauer/Dept. of Energy)

Students flourish in programs that boost tribal communities

Native American culture and traditions are passed down at colleges operated by American Indian tribes with support from the U.S. government.
Woman standing against wall with four children (© Sarah Day Smith/PEPFAR)

‘Historic moment’ in the global HIV/AIDS response

The United States, through PEPFAR, has helped not only to save and improve millions of lives, but also has transformed the global HIV/AIDS response.
President Trump and others standing next to a turkey (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
Woman holding her child (© Jorge Fernandez/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Namibia curbing HIV with help of U.S. telemedicine

World AIDS Day is December 1. A U.S.-backed video conference program helps accelerate the race to end HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Rancher herding cattle (© Bloomberg via Getty Images)

American ranchers feed China’s taste for beef

American beef is once again appearing on Chinese plates. The development is an example of how cooperation between the two countries can yield results.