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Humanitarian causes unite people of all faiths

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
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Religious celebrations and culture in the U.S.

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
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Protecting the Titanic wreck site

The Titanic is an important historical artifact. Under an agreement that has now come into force, the wreck site will be protected and secured.
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Eat this for good luck in the new year

On New Year's Eve, many people follow traditions and fill up on superstitious dishes they hope will bring them wealth and good fortune in the upcoming year.
U.S. Marine dropping off toys in front of a store for a toy drive (© Sandy Huffaker/AP Images)

Americans give back during the holidays [photo gallery]

Each year, millions of Americans volunteer in their communities to help those who are less fortunate celebrate the holidays.
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Winter holidays in the U.S. [photo gallery]

Dancing and singing, Americans celebrate winter holidays with joyful tunes. This photo gallery shows moments of jubilation across the United States.
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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
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Americans donate millions to charities on Giving Tuesday

Americans donate to charities on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to give back to their communities and help around the world.
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In pictures: U.S. troops celebrate Thanksgiving

Though far from home, Thanksgiving traditions old and new are carried on and shared by U.S. troops wherever they are around the world.