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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.

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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Why Americans give thanks over a shared meal [video]

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal, and express gratitude for the good things in life.
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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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Top 3 U.S. states international tourists visit

See where international visitors go when they travel to the United States and what attracts them to these U.S. destinations.
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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.
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5 discoveries from Obama’s playlist

What do your music preferences say about you? Reaching Number 1 globally on Spotify, President Obama may have discovered a new career as a playlist maker.
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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.
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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.