President Obama and daughter Sasha volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington (© AP Images)

As Thanksgiving ushers in U.S. holiday season, Americans give back

What is Thanksgiving and how is it celebrated? Racing, food donations and volunteering are some of the ways Americans give thanks and give back.

4 ways volunteering benefits … you

Volunteering helps develop leadership skills, benefits the economy, makes your government more accountable and improves your physical and mental health.
Interior view of the Library of Congress (© AP Images)

Explore the world’s biggest library … right now [video]

The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is a book lover's dream — the world's largest library, with 164 million items. Check out this 360-degree video.
Illustration showing multicolored talk bubbles above a map of the USA (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

The United States is a country of many languages

Many people in the United States speak languages other than English at home. Check out maps of which languages are most popular.
Muslims Against Hunger serving food outside from large vats (Courtesy of Muslims Against Hunger)

This Muslim-American group brings the soup kitchen to the hungry

Zamir Hassan knows where homeless people congregate — around train stations, under bridges and in tents set up in the woods. “Not everyone is able...
Road signs on a highway (© Alamy)

Travel the world without ever leaving this U.S. state

Where can you find China, Egypt, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Peru and Lebanon all in one state?
Building with many windows and large grassy area in front (State Dept.)

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.
Confetti descending on huge crowd (© AP Images)

How America rings in the new year

Americans celebrate the beginning of the new year with time-honored traditions including special foods, parties, fireworks and midnight kisses.

Beyond the selfie: Social media that resonated in 2014

Social media meant more than selfies on Instagram and cat videos on YouTube in 2014. Those platforms — along with Facebook, Twitter and others...