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The Americas are a landmass in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing North and South America and covering 8% of Earth’s total surface area and 28.4% of its land area.

The name “America” derives from Americus, the Latin version of Italian explorer who surveyed the new continents, Amerigo Vespucci’s first name. The feminine form of America corresponded with the feminine names of the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. North America and South America are typically seen as separate continents and, taken jointly, are called the Americas in the plural, such as the Dakotas or the Carolinas.

Derived from America, the term “American” initially denoted all the Americas. But its usage has changed over time and commonly designates people from the United States. The map below shows a survey on identification with the term “American.”

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The number of military personnel on active duty differs broadly, from state to state, from as few as eight active duty personnel per 100,000 residents in Iowa to 2,873 per 100,000 residents in Hawaii.

The map below shows the number of active duty military personnel per 100,000 residents.

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While advances in technology and design have made driving safer than ever, car crashes remain one of the leading causes of death nationwide — and are far more likely in some states than others. Mississippi is the most dangerous state to drive, with an average of 30.1 accidents per 100,000 vehicles yearly. The safest U.S. state is Minnesota, where only 6.1 accidents occur annually per 100,000 cars.

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The top 10 world’s most searched consumer brands are as follows. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is searched 335,400,000 times a month and is a top searched brand in 42 nations.

But the real winners are, in a way, Netflix and IKEA. Sure, with 140.2 million and 55.3 million searches, respectively, they are behind Jeff Bezos’ brainchild, but Netflix is the most searched brand in a whopping 92 countries, while IKEA dominates 14 of them.

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The availability of abortion in approximately half of the United States has altered rapidly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. Medical personnel, patients, and lawyers are now trying not to get confused with antiabortion legislation, some of it created a century ago.

The thirteen U.S. states (Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming) enacted trigger laws that would automatically ban abortion if Roe were struck down.

In 20 U.S. states and D.C., abortion is legal and likely to be protected.

The map below accounts for laws that would ban abortions.

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