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Get a peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The Obamas visited the National Museum of African-American History and Culture ahead of its opening on September 24. Watch the video for a tour.
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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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Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals and celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.

American football: The new international sport?

The Super Bowl turns 50 as American football gains players and fans from around the world. Which NFL players weren't born in the U.S.?
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The United States is a place of many religions

The United States is a country of many religions, a diversity that enriches society. Explore the story of religion in America in this gallery of images.
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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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What do Olympians eat? You may be surprised. [video]

A strict diet is part of the training for any athlete, especially one going to the Olympics, but even they need a break, or "cheat meal."
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Hollywood: Still a magnet for worldwide talent

Actors and filmmakers from Poland to Taiwan have contributed to the world's first and most profitable film industry, centered in Hollywood, California.
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‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.