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German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
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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.
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The architectural beauty of U.S. Embassy buildings

Many of the buildings used for U.S. embassies throughout the world are noteworthy for both the beauty of their architecture and their historic significance.
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Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
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The 4th of July in pictures: The USA’s biggest birthday party

What's a holiday everyone can celebrate? In the U.S., one is Independence Day, celebrated each July 4, complete with food and fireworks.
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The debate over the Confederate flag

More than 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the flag of the Confederate army of the South remains a source of controversy in America.

During winter holidays, Americans rejoice, reflect and reach out to those...

American winter holidays are as diverse as the people who celebrate them. But they have a few things in common: reflection and reaching out to the needy.
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Inaugural gown previews a first lady’s style [video]

The inaugural gown worn by the first lady offers an initial hint about her fashion sense and helps indicate the tone of the incoming administration.
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Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.