Woman holding hands with child as they pass debris piled on lawns (© AP Images)

When hurricanes strike, American businesses get to work

When a hurricane strikes, help comes not only from big relief organizations but also from businesses small and large that go out of their way to help.
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Legacy of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, lives on

The U.S. will dedicate a new U.S. postage stamp for the late Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, who continues to inspire generations of young women.
Composite of photos of 12 former secretaries of state (State Dept./Sara Gemeny Wilkinson)

Secretaries of state hail from many walks of life

What do you know about those who have served as secretary of state? Learn who won the Nobel Peace Prize, who served the longest and more.
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Far from home, but still connected: American diaspora communities

Global Diaspora Week honors the 232 million people who live outside their country of birth.  More live in the United States than in any other...

Colorado: Mountains, coins and dinosaurs

Taking a trip to the U.S.? Stop in Colorado, where winter sports and the great outdoors are a must. This is a place for adventurers and spectators alike.
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American’s satire on race wins Britain’s famed Man Booker Prize [video]

Novelist Paul Beatty has become the first American writer to win the prestigious Man Booker prize for his satirical work "The Sellout."
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U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad: Don’t let others define you [video]

When fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad wears her fencing mask over her hijab at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, she will do so as one of the top saber fencers in the world.
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What will happen to President Obama’s tweets?

When President Obama leaves office, his Twitter and Facebook posts will be archived, and the accounts will be made available to incoming President Trump.
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Meet Alex Acosta, U.S. secretary of labor

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, a lawyer skilled in labor and civil-rights issues, rose from modest roots to the top of his field. Here's his story.