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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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Why Income Inequality Is So Much Worse in Atlanta Than Omaha

A common problem with differing causes.

Blame Overbearing Government for Gentrification, Not Just Neo-Liberalism

The exploding housing prices we see today are a result of policy decisions made decades ago.

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One City's Quest to Erase the Gender Pay Gap

Boston is trying to ensure female workers earn as much as men by asking local companies to rethink perks like flexibility and child care.

Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Gentrification isn't new -- it's actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.

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Want Women to Earn More? Train Them for Manufacturing

One way to boost earnings of single, low-income women is to urge them to seek out jobs in skilled trades instead of retail and service gigs.

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Bringing Back Mississippi Riverfront Towns Through Bike Trails

Organizations like River Action in Davenport, Iowa, work with governments and businesses to rebuild waterfront communities.

A 'Catastrophic' Ice Storm Makes Its Way Across the South

This monstrous weather system is set to make history with the potential to knock out power for a week.