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March Madness explained

If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when college students and other Americans become obsessed with March Madness.
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The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats [video]

The birthplace of jazz still churns out artists. Learn what makes this style of music so classic and everlasting.
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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 4th 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.
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Inauguration weekend also means charitable donations

Washington restaurants are planning to donate part of their profits from the presidential inauguration to local charities that serve the community.
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Cécile McLorin Salvant offers a fresh take on jazz [video]

She's only 27, but Grammy Award–winning jazz singer and songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant has music critics drawing comparisons to a century of jazz greats.
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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.
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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...
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For college grads, a few words of advice

President Obama and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were among the speakers who spoke to graduating college students this year.