Boy on staircase looking at giant totem pole (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

A British scientist’s unexpected gift to America

A British scientist who never visited the United States is to thank for the famous Smithsonian museums in Washington and New York.
Scenic view of Mount McKinley with a tour bus on road in the foreground (Design Pics Inc./Alamy)

Want to see America? Travel firms have packages for every budget.

Tourism is big business in the United States, and the 77 million visitors from other countries in 2016 are a major reason why.
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Anime’s supersized U.S. audience [video]

Anime and manga — Japanese cartoons and comic books — have attracted fans of all ages in the U.S., leaving an indelible mark on American culture.
Japanese triptych painting (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Metropolitan Museum makes its art available to all

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has adopted an open-access policy for its artwork, allowing anyone to download free, high-resolution images.
Theo Epstein in Chicago Cubs stands (© AP Images)

Celebrated Jewish Americans who have made their mark

Jewish Americans are only a sliver of the U.S. population but have made outsized contributions to society. Learn how five have made their mark.
Illuminated pink spheres with black polka dots in room of mirrors (Hirshhorn Museum)

Japanese artist Kusama wows U.S. and Canada

Washingtonians are loving 'Infinity Mirrors,' an exhibition showcasing the polka dots, pumpkins and mirrored rooms of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Group of men in suits walking down city street (Dani Diamond)

Make way for the Maccabeats [video]

May is Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States. Meet an a cappella group that combines pop songs with Jewish traditions.
Melania Trump surrounded by people (© AP Images)

5 little-known facts about Melania Trump

First lady Melania Trump, a former international model, speaks several languages and is involved in various causes. Learn new facts about her.
Kendrick Lamar onstage with band as people cheer (© AP Images)

Hip-hop: Reshaping youth culture worldwide

Hip-hop music, pioneered by African-American and Hispanic youth in New York in the 1970s, has since spread across the U.S. and around the world.