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RadioShack Is Doomed (So Is Retail)

Even after restructuring, there will still be 4,000 locations nationwide—approximately one for every person who still wants to buy their stuff.

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Here's a Reason Not to Hate the Polar Vortex

 It’s killing some of the nastiest invasive insects around.

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Where It's Hardest for the Poor to Make Their Rent

In many places, there aren't enough affordable housing options to go around.

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Olga Khazan

What Brings Americans to the ER?

Each region of the U.S. has the same four most common complaints, just in a different order.

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Beijing Buys a Waste Management Company to Solve Its Pollution Problems

But it won't work.

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When Traffic Congestion Is Both a Great Thing and a Terrible Thing

New research finds that businesses loathe bad traffic at the regional level, but benefit from it locally.

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The Business Case for Paying Service Workers More

MIT's Zeynep Ton explains the theory behind the Good Jobs Strategy.

NOAA

A Monster Storm Is Fast Approaching California

This gigantic system ought to be good for the state's severe drought.

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Can Detroit Rebuild Its Middle Class?

Downtown Detroit is brimming with new condos, start-ups, and breweries. But for the city to make a comeback, it needs a new middle class.

Blobs of Exxon-Valdez Oil Are Still Fresh on Alaska's Beaches

Pockets of oil lurking under boulders look as if they had just spilled 11 days ago.

Sakib Iqbal

Can Dhaka Get a Handle on Its Air Pollution?

Fumes from brick kilns kill almost as many people each year as the 2013 textile mill collapse. But they're finally starting to clean up their act.

The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image

After months of extremely dry weather, a Sacramento-area lake has pulled a massive disappearing act.

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America's Weird, Enduring Love Affair With Cars and Houses

$1 of every $2 Americans spend is on real estate and transportation. It doesn't have to be that way.

Associated Press

How Anti-Poverty Programs Marginalize Fathers

Based on decades-old stereotypes that unmarried dads are "deadbeats," the majority of welfare programs almost exclusively serve women and children.

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An Astronaut's View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole

Power cuts make the dictatorship virtually disappear at night.

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Zara Matheson

Where the Good and Bad Jobs Will Be, 10 Years From Now

The places creative, service, and working class jobs will grow the most by 2022.

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Why a Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Good for Walmart

The retail behemoth might not feel much pain from a hike, but some of its competitors would.

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Believe It or Not, January Was Full of Big, Warm Climate Anomalies

Here's a primer to last month's significant floods, droughts, and overall hotter-than-average temperatures.