Corn dog stand and Ferris wheel at sunset (© AP Images)

State fairs: Livestock, music, food on a stick

Want a taste of America? Stop by a state fair! With rides, music, food and fun, state fairs are a long-standing tradition.
View of men playing basketball in arena from behind the net (© AP Images)

Understanding March Madness

Americans call the college basketball championship "March Madness" for a good reason. Here's why.
Alix Schoelcher Idrache standing in formation and crying (DOD/U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Vito T. Bryant)

Photo of Haitian-born West Point grad goes viral

Alix Schoelcher Idrache, an immigrant from Haiti, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and soon became an online sensation.
Person giving speech in large, crowded room (© AP Images)

Who sits where during a State of the Union speech? [infographic]

The three branches of the U.S. government get together each year to hear the president give the State of the Union address. Who comes and where do they sit?
People walking near car on street in front of U.S. Capitol (© AP Images)

5 things you might not know about the Secret Service

The Secret Service protects the U.S. president and vice president and their families. But it also has a key investigative role to play.

Syrian refugee honored guest at State of the Union address

Refaai Hamo, a widowed Syrian refugee, was invited to be a special guest at President Obama's final State of the Union address.

Washington’s longest-running construction project kicks off…on this day

On this day in 1907, construction began on the National Cathedral in Washington. Its completion more than eight decades later, in 1990, was the culmination...
President Trump surveying hurricane damage with group of people (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma in pictures

This photo gallery shows the destruction brought by Hurricane Irma, which battered Florida in early September, and relief efforts to help victims.
Soldiers escort the Little Rock Nine to school in Arkansas

Nine brave students stand up to racial segregation…on this day

Can you imagine armed troops escorting you to school? On September 24, 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the U.S. military to escort nine black...