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The U.S. tradition of breakfast, presidents and prayer

The National Prayer Breakfast brings together religious, business and political leaders and has been attended by every president since Eisenhower in 1953.
Quentin Tarantino standing in front of movie billboard (© KGC-324/STAR MAX/IPx/AP Images)

U.S. film director resists Chinese interference

Director Quentin Tarantino has refused to yield to the Chinese government's demands that he make edits to his latest movie before it can be shown in China.
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Where’s Santa right now? The answer is just a click or...

Kids interested in knowing where Santa is on Christmas Eve can call NORAD or visit websites to get the latest Santa tracking info.
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Americans honor Billy Graham, pastor to presidents

President Trump led a grateful nation in paying tribute February 28 to “America’s Pastor,” the Reverend Billy Graham, in the solemnity of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
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2017’s memorable moments

Americans witnessed the spectacles of a presidential inauguration and a solar eclipse. See photos from some of the memorable events of the last year.
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The National Mall: Coming together in America’s backyard

Located right in the heart of Washington, the National Mall hosts almost 3,000 events every year, from political protests to kite festivals.
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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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Academic freedom matters for everyone

Learn why academic freedom — the freedom to preserve truth and share information — is important to more than just professors and students.

Every day, ordinary Americans help Syrian refugees find better lives

Iraqi and Syrian refugees are receiving assistance from ordinary Americans through donations, in-country help and aid getting acclimated to new homes.