“We don’t fear the future; we grab for it”

On March 7, President Obama followed in the footsteps of America’s civil rights pioneers, giving a speech in Selma, Alabama, 50 years after “Bloody...
Teacher in classroom with students (Waterbury Public Schools)

Touring Africa, top teacher finds curiosity about U.S. schools [video]

America's teacher of the year tells African teachers that U.S. schools aren't just about tests, but also about sparking creativity and innovation.
White and black arms with hands clasped inside heart-shaped outline (© Irina Dias/Shutterstock)

The Lovings paved the way for interracial marriages

Valentine's Day celebrates love, but it was once illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain U.S. states. The Lovings helped eliminate those laws.
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Snowboard phenom Chloe Kim ready for Winter Games in South Korea...

Seventeen-year-old American snowboarder Chloe Kim is ready to wow the world in the halfpipe event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Bouquets of sympathy flowers leaning against a wall (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Notre Dame bells ‘will sound again’

Americans express their sorrow over the fire at Notre Dame and pledge support in the repair of this "irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization."
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North Dakota: Badlands, American Indian culture and Scandinavian influences

North Dakota is known for its scenic Badlands (barren, rocky formations), farms, ranches and history of Plains Indian life.
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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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
Ibtihaj Muhammad holding sabre and lunging (© AP Images)

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.