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Julie Ruvolo

Despite the Hype, the World Cup Ended Up Being Bad Business for Brazil's Sex Workers

Across Rio, brothel revenues were down anywhere from 15 to 50 percent. 

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Here's What the Justice Department Wants to Investigate in Ferguson

The probe will examine the local police department’s use of deadly force and protocols for stops, searches, and arrests.

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Not Everyone Can Afford the On-Campus College Experience

Living away from home for college offers lasting benefits. But that option is available to an increasingly privileged few.

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See How Serious China Just Got About Global Warming in 7 Infographics

The world's biggest polluter will set up a carbon market by 2016. Here's why it matters.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too.

Will Norbert Be the Rare Cyclone to Hit California?

Probably not, though the oceanic storm could bring "life-threatening flash flooding" to the region.

What Happens When an Entire Neighborhood Starts Using an App for Borrowing Housewares

Technology gets to the heart of a Dutch neighborhood's trust issues.

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The 'Rubber Duck' Artist Must Be Stopped

The inflatable spectacles of Florentijn Hofman don't belong in every harbor in the wide world.

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Urban Farming Is Not Making San Francisco's Housing Crisis Worse

Community agriculture can improve vacant lots—and it won’t stop anyone from building housing.

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It's Tough Out There for Renters, But Most Americans Still Want More Options to Buy a Home

Just about everybody thinks they'd be better off with more housing to buy than more apartments to rent, according to the State of the City poll.

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More Than Half of D.C. Schools Are Exposed to Gunfire

A new ShotSpotter report reveals troubling data, but authorities hope this tech can be used to find solutions.

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Introducing the World's First National Digital Currency

Ecuador will begin distributing a yet-to-be-named digital currency in December. Will it wean the nation off the U.S. dollar?

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From Bratwurst to Bollywood: The Changing Face of St. Louis

Indian doctors and engineers are settling in the Midwestern city's suburbs, helping offset decades of population decline.

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Stare into the Glowing Mouth of the Bardarbunga Volcano

NASA satellites capture the fiery action inside Iceland's lava-gusher.

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The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Reuters/Rick Wilking

The Increasingly Bloated American Dream

American homes are getting bigger and bigger. But it doesn't need to be that way. 

Shannon Galpin

Biking Toward Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Every day, the Women's National Cycling Team of Afghanistan faces ridicule and threats. And still they ride—with their eyes on the 2020 Olympics.

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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

Msingi Sasis

Exploring Nocturnal Nairobi

A photographer finds beauty in a city's declining commercial center.