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Trump nominates new central banker to spur U.S. economic growth

President Trump says Jerome Powell, his choice for chair of the Federal Reserve, will help the U.S. build on its recent economic progress.
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Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.
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Americans adopt Day of the Dead traditions

A Mexican holiday honoring the dead has become increasingly popular in the United States, with revelers blending pre-Columbian and Roman Catholic customs.
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Smithsonian stamp shows African-American history is American history

A new stamp honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's the first time a Smithsonian museum is on a U.S. postage stamp.
Illustration of people on ladders pushing up ceiling to make room for large dollar sign (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What is a debt ceiling and why does it matter?

The legal limit on how much debt the U.S. government can take on is called the debt ceiling. It's a good bet it will be in the news again soon.
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Running in America: Popular and fun

Whether it's for health, relaxation or a cause, running is a popular activity in the United States. Learn about some running heroes.
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How a bill becomes law

A combination of traditions, "checks and balances" and math all factor into how a bill becomes a law in the United States.
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U.S. withdraws from UNESCO

The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO and is seeking observer status at the organization, citing the agency's anti-Israel bias and need for reform.
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Football: A fall tradition in schools across America

The football season is the best one for many Americans. This is the second article on the role of secondary schools in U.S. communities.