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Turkish Americans make their mark in local government

Two Turkish-American politicians entered politics to serve their communities. Learn more about 2017 election winners Tayfun Selen and Hacibey Catalbasoglu.
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An ‘Ace’ up the sleeve of the Harlem Globetrotters [video]

The Harlem Globetrotters have wowed fans with comic basketball feats for decades. They also do a lot of good — like helping to stop bullying.
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From Belgrade to Washington

Meet Jelena McWilliams, nominated by President Trump to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a job at the heart of America’s capitalist system.
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In Alaska, linguists preserve Russian dialect

Preservers are at work in the sleepy Alaskan village of Ninilchik, where elderly residents speak a Russian dialect frozen in time, unchanged since 1847.
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Where are the most famous U.S. national parks? [quiz]

How well do you know some of America's famed national parks? Take this quiz and find out. You can share your results with others.
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Farewell: Americans we lost in 2017

In 2017, we said goodbye to many Americans who shaped our world. Learn how their contributions broke new ground in various fields.
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Alaska’s wilderness lures visitors from around the globe

Tourists from around the world are increasingly traveling to Alaska, and it’s easy to see why: to experience nature in its wildest majesty.
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2017’s memorable moments

Americans witnessed the spectacles of a presidential inauguration and a solar eclipse. See photos from some of the memorable events of the last year.
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Federal government: More than the White House and Congress

Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.