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Russian Men Tend to Die Early Because of Vodka

And the death figures go down whenever the country's government cracks down on alcohol sales.

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DMB Associates

The Future of the Suburbs Is Unfolding in Arizona's East Valley

Developers on the eastern edge of Mesa are building a new mixed-use master-planned community, friendly to both residents and big businesses.

University of Washington

Climate Change Is Directly Responsible for Killing Baby Penguins

Torrential downpours and abnormal heat could kill nearly half of penguin chicks in a single year, say researchers.

Reuters

Naturally, You Can Now Buy Seahawks-Themed Pot at a Seattle Marijuana Dispensary

Of course.

Reuters

A $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Affect Some Metros Much More Than Others

There are tremendous differences in what it takes for workers to get by in different parts of the country.

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Sommer Mathis

The Next Destination for Liberal-Arts Education Is ... Arizona?

The mayor of Mesa lured five liberal-arts colleges to town as part of a creative strategy to boost local economic activity and to keep smart students in the region.

Associated Press

The 1969 Oil Spill That Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

Scientists at NOAA have updated the environmental catastrophe for today's media-hungry, GIS-loving audience.

Reuters

Why Detroit's Collapse Was So Much Worse Than Other Hard-Hit Cities

Comparing the Motor City's manufacturing woes to the rest of the region.

The Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade

Hospital rooms, shopping floors, and fast-food counters: This is where the future of U.S. employment lives. We think.

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IHS Economics

Mapping the U.S. Metros Where High Unemployment Could Persist for Years

Yes, there are still plenty of places that are unlikely to rebound until 2018 or later. 

AP

How Istanbul Will Define This Decade

Istanbul is on pace to become Europe's most populous metro between 2017 and 2018. How will the city handle it?

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These Maps Lay Out Exactly Where to Find California's Gold

Guides for prospectors, circa 1848.

Wikipedia

Los Angeles Is Overdue for a More Powerful Earthquake Than We Thought

Supercomputers reveal a natural channel in the earth that could bring potent shaking to the megacity.

Reuters

The U.S. Has a Social Mobility Problem, But Not the One You Think

A child's chances of reaching the middle class aren't declining. But whether they get there depends a lot on where they live.

Reuters

Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place

Which makes doing something about it all the more difficult.

Associated Press

This 100-Year-Old Idea Could End San Francisco's Class War

A century-old idea to rethink how we tax land.

Reuters

The Amazing Endurance of Slums

Despite major advances, the world's slum population will likely double to 2 billion by 2050.

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Why Old Post Offices Still Matter

These iconic buildings are great for a city's character and downtown vitality. But they're quickly disappearing.

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The Midwest Is Running Dangerously Low on Propane

And prices are up 50 percent since last week.