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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands next to a flag on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The American flags on the moon are disintegrating

The sun has likely bleached them all white and partially destroyed their fragile fibers.
The Lauder family is worth more than $24 billion.

The 25 richest American families, ranked

The US may not have any rich royals, but it does have rich families with billion-dollar net worths. The richest American families accumulated their fortunes in vastly different ways, from publishing and cosmetics to retailers and hotels. See the top 25 richest families in the US.
Children ride on the back of a golf cart during the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina.

Photos show how Americans across the country are celebrating the Fourth of July

Americans across the country celebrated Independence Day on Wednesday, ringing in the country's 242nd birthday with time-honored traditions like parades, barbecues, parties, citizenship ceremonies, and hot dog eating contests.
The Founding Fathers held some rather unusual roles.

The 9 weirdest jobs of America’s Founding Fathers

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, which means it's time to learn some strange fun facts about the people who helped establish the US. Turns out, the Founding Fathers weren't just lawyers and generals — there were some smugglers and spies in the mix, too.

Obama warns: if America stays so divided, our democracy and economy won’t survive

President Barack Obama remains hopeful that American can solve its political divisiveness. But he also has a stark warning for the US: our economy and our democracy are at risk if we can't get past the finger-pointing, partisan morass that has gridlocked the nation for years.
The author, Steven John, and his son.

5 ways my kids’ lives will be nothing like mine

My kids’ lives will be strikingly different than mine in several key ways, including how the internet will shape their days and their lack of the freedom to roam that I enjoyed. Though my kids will never know the feel of a typewriter, they will know an America where we’re approaching equality.
The author and her son.

A Chinese mother raising her son in the US reveals the biggest differences between American and Chinese parenting

From potty training to communicating praise, there are a number of disparities between Chinese and American parenting styles.

I’m English, and there’s one thing Americans always get wrong about British people that really works to my advantage

Not all misconceptions are bad. As a British person living in America, there's one common misconception about people from the UK that works to my advantage.

1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers are taking off with American consumers.
A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

A notebook reportedly written by an ISIS fighter appears to detail the group’s innermost workings

The author asks in the notebook: "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?"