The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 States
, a capital district
, and a few other territories, mostly in central North America
. The U.S. have three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and are otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 States, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other State. The U.S. also have a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each State has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States trace their national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent States. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
The Statue of Liberty
(Liberty Enlightening the World
[French: La Liberté éclairant le monde
]) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture
on Liberty Island
in New York Harbor
, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi
and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas
, the Roman goddess
of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata
(a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence
. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.
The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning in late 2011 so that a secondary staircase can be installed. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.
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Michael Jeffrey Jordan
(born February 17, 1963) is a former American professional basketball
player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
. His biography on the National Basketball Association
(NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats; he recently won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.
Scars of a whipped Mississippi slave Photo taken: (April 2, 1863) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Original caption: "Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture."
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- May 12: Haitian cholera victims threaten United Nations with lawsuit
- May 10: Woman shot, killed during standoff with police in Longview, Texas
- May 10: Former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader dies aged 95
- May 7: 13th Annual Beverly Hills film festival opens
- May 7: Solar powered plane completes first leg of transcontinental trip
- May 3: President Obama renews his push to close Guantanamo detention facility
- April 29: Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks
- April 28: Chicago Bears select Marquess Wilson in seventh round of NFL draft
- April 24: Man drowns in Texas lake after falling from boat
- April 19: Gun background checks a no-go in US Senate
- April 16: Study: Taste of beer causes chemical reward in male brain
- April 15: Multiple explosions hit Boston Marathon
- April 15: Two people confirmed dead in Boston Marathon bombing
- April 15: Researchers create rat kidneys in a laboratory
- April 12: Goat head delivered to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts
- April 9: Wikinews interviews Amir Abbas Fakhravar about Iranian nuclear intentions
- April 8: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87
- April 8: Wikinews interviews USA wheelchair curler David Palmer
- April 7: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: close Guantanamo Bay
- April 4: North Korea's rising tensions: Wikinews interviews Scott Snyder and Dr Robert Kelly
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was an American archaeologist
, and Mayanist
scholar who made significant contributions toward the study of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
in the early twentieth century.
Morley is particularly noted for the extensive excavations of the Maya site of Chichen Itza that he directed on behalf of the Carnegie Institution. He also published several large compilations and treatises on Maya hieroglyphic writing, and wrote popular accounts on the Maya for a general audience.
To his contemporaries, he was one of the leading Mesoamerican archaeologists of his day. Although more recent developments in the field have resulted in a re-evaluation of his theories and works, his publications, particularly on calendric inscriptions, are still cited.
Morley also conducted espionage in Mexico on behalf of the United States during World War I, but the scope of those activities only came to light well after his death. His archaeological field work in Mexico and Central America provided suitable cover for investigating German activities and anti-American activity. His espionage was undertaken at the behest of the United States' Office of Naval Intelligence.
is a state
located in the Midwestern region
of the United States
. The 12th-largest state by area in the U.S., it is the 21st
most populous, with just over five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory
and admitted to the Union as the 32nd
state on May 11, 1858. The state is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes".
Nearly 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated northern boreal forest. The state's image of being populated by whites of Nordic and German descent has some truth, but diversity is increasing; substantial influxes of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants have joined the descendants of European immigrants and of the original Native American inhabitants.
The extremes of the climate contrast with the moderation of Minnesota’s people. The state is known for its moderate-to- progressive politics and social policies, its civic involvement, and high voter turnout. It ranks among the healthiest states by a number of measures, and has one of the most highly educated and literate populations.
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