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Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

Not paying your workers enough, then directing them to federal aid? Just one way the fast food giant inflates its hefty profits.


Is Zurich's Drive-In Prostitution Facility a Flop?

The city's innovative approach to keeping women safe may have actually had the opposite effect.

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Beware of the U.S. Charter School Doom Loop

For districts in America's less affluent Northeastern cities, school choice has been a costly experiment.


How Seattle Transformed Parking Without Spending a Fortune

The city's demand pricing program balances efficiency with affordability.

Zara Matheson

America's Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots

How tech has won the recession, county by county.

San Francisco's Drug Needle-Covered Dirt Becomes Artistic Dishware

These kitchen bowls were made from soil beneath the city's notoriously nasty Tenderloin neighborhood.

Adam Pearce

America's Most Violent Tornadoes Since 1950, Seen on One Blustery Map

Twister activity gets intriguing treatment in this explorable visualization.


How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

New research suggests that children who live with peeling paint and broken appliances have greater emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.


Pet Chickens Can Now Safely Cross the Road With These Amazing Reflective Vests

Protect your favorite urban bird.

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A Fascinating Taxonomy of Food Delivery Diners

An unscientific breakdown of the many kinds of take-out eaters.

Associated Press

How Much Does a Public Defender Need to Know About a Client?

As a recent New Jersey ruling shows, the justice system still doesn't grasp the importance of fair counsel.


The NYPD Finally Bested Banksy

On day 23 of his month-long graffiti spree, the heat finally convinced Banksy to stay home. 


Why America's Carbon Emissions Are Dropping

Amazingly, half the cuts came from reductions in household energy use.

A Tour of a Whole Country That Has 'Transformed Itself for Cycling'

How the Netherlands is treating new residential developments in smaller cities and suburbs.


The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.


These Pictures Capture Just How Horrifying China's Smog Situation Is Right Now

Cold weather brought brutal levels of air pollution to the country's north.


Global Warming Is Spreading Venomous Spiders All Over the U.K.

This exemplifies how humans are distorting the ecosystem.

Peter Alexander

L.A's Sprawling Modernism, and the Places That Came Before

A new exhibit explores how the mid-20th century fundamentally changed the face of Los Angeles.


The Geographic Distribution of China's Last Names, in Maps

Despite its massive population, China's list of common last names is very small. Here's where people with these names are.