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The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and federal district are in central North America between Canada and Mexico, with the state of Alaska in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii comprising an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Nine time zones are covered. The geography, climate and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse.

At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2) and with over 324 million people, the United States is the world's third-largest country by total area (and fourth-largest by land area) and the third-most populous. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Urbanization climbed to over 80% in 2010 and leads to growing megaregions. The country's capital is Washington, D.C. and its largest city is New York City other major metropolitan areas include Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies in the aftermath of the Seven Years' War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775. On July 4, 1776, as the colonies were fighting Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence. The war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States...

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President of the United States, Barack Obama

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The Presidents of the United States of America - Some Postman, Love Everybody

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United States of Tara Season 1 DVD

United States of Tara Season 1 - A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

Alex Gibney The Armstrong Lie

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Paolo Sorrentino This Must Be The Place Interview

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Hard Choices

One thing that has never been a hard choice for me is serving our country. It has been the greatest honor of my life.

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx White House Down

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Gasland Review

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10 million to 1

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Bruno Barreto Reaching For The Moon

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Directed by Sundance and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a heartbreakingly honest portrayal of the chronic issue of bullying in the United States...

Viggo Mortensen The Road Part 2

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Steven Spielberg Lincoln Part 1

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a...

Helen Mirren Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family.

Michael McKinnon Parents Keep Tabs via Facebook Interview

New research reveals that nearly half of parents keep tabs on their teenagers via Facebook. Is this a new kind of parental relationship, or is it spying?

Marion Cotillard and James Gray The Immigrant

In James Gray’s The Immigrant, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream.

The Monuments Men DVD

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Kara Allen Confetti Fair Interview

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