November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving has all the makings of a uniquely American tradition: parades, football, pumpkin pie, roasted turkey. But for Americans living in other countries, observing the traditional way can be a challenge.
November 10, 2011 After residents of Tonawanda became sick, they rallied to fight high levels of hazardous chemicals emitting from a dilapidated plant. In doing so, they revealed weaknesses in the way the EPA regulates air pollution.
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A screenshot of Piskorskiville. Five percent of Zynga's 200 million monthly users buy "virtual goods" to get ahead in the game or beautify their city.
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November 6, 2011 Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be precise, by selling imaginary things — like tractors that plow farms on Facebook. Zynga is America's first "virtual goods" company to file for an initial public offering, but how real is the company's value?
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November 3, 2011 A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds wide gaps in how different generations view politics. Older voters are more conservative and less hopeful about the future of the country. Younger voters lean left and believe the nation's best days are yet to come. But they are less engaged.
November 2, 2011 To sustain themselves, many nations adopt policies to raise, lower, or maintain their population levels. And while a country's gross domestic product can often help predict its stance, that's not always the case.
Haunted America 2011
October 28, 2011 As Halloween approaches, scariness is everywhere. From terrorism to unemployment, ominousness is omnipresent. Click on our interactive graphic to see just how spooky the nation has grown.
October 25, 2011 A nation-wide comparison of the Native American child population in state child welfare systems.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.
October 17, 2011 An NPR analysis of contributions week by week found that itemized contributions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped 60 percent during the week following his first appearance in a GOP presidential debate, on Sept. 7. That same week, Romney's itemized contributions went up 50 percent. Compare the candidates' weekly fundraising totals in an interactive graphic.
October 10, 2011 One in every six U.S. residents is now Latino. While the majority of the nation's Hispanics reside in just three states — California, Texas and Florida — the Latino population increased in virtually every state and grew in 2,962 of America's 3,142 counties.
Spooked by a noise, giraffes in northwest Namibia interrupt lunch to look around.
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October 10, 2011 Imagine the U.S. government saying to the people living around Yellowstone, "You know what? All those wild animals in the park — the grizzlies, the bison, the wolves — they belong to you." This is exactly what the government of Namibia has done in a radical experiment to save wildlife — and the people who share their land.
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The World Cafe studios in Philadelphia, PA.
October 3, 2011 After two decades behind the mic, World Cafe host David Dye recounts his 20 favorite interviews and studio sessions, including visits from Adele, Sonny Rollins and Coldplay.
A giant logo of the euro can be seen outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.
September 15, 2011 The world's major central banks are so worried about Europe's debt crisis that they are moving to shore up eurozone banks. Left unchecked, this crisis could spill over into the U.S. economy. Here's how Europe's troubles could migrate to the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses on Sept. 11, 2001
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September 10, 2011 Some of the most arresting images from Sept. 11 were collected by Life magazine, Magnum and VII.
September 9, 2011 Countless military personnel return from war each year with invisible wounds like post-traumatic stress disorder. A program in Colorado Springs is helping those individuals reintegrate into civilian life.
A giant sign reading "jobs" hangs outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
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September 9, 2011 In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs. Read a summary of proposals by President Obama, some of his Republican challengers, U.S. businesses groups and labor organizations.
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