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Mapping Where You're More Likely to Get Price-Gouged By a Hospital

American hospitals that provide high-quality, affordable treatment tend to hail from the heartland, according to a new visualization.

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The High Cost of Not Having Enough

More on poverty and cognitive bandwidth.

James Fallows

Why Local Money Matters

In an age of globalized companies and relentless focus on "shareholder value," a reminder of what local ownership can mean.

Reuters

For Sale: 3-Bedroom, Comes With EU Residency Permit

Non-Europeans seeking a fast-track route to the EU have a new option – buying cheap Southern European property.

Reuters

One Town Successfully Hides Its Neglect With Fake, Lively 'Storefronts'

Bushmills covered up its abandoned buildings with happier scenes. And apparently, it's working.

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Zara Matheson

Where Wages Have Grown the Most (and Least) Since the Recovery

A look at the U.S. cities where salaries are rising the fastest.

Reuters

Life on Minimum Wage Around the World

Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.

Reuters

Over 50 Percent of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

Meet the new geography of poverty.

Associated Press

What Gives American Factories Their Competitive Edge: They're Easy to Close

U.S. workers: Cheap to hire, easy to fire.

Reuters

Why the Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Even if you're rooting for food service workers to have much higher wages.

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These States Are Going to Become Green Energy Powerhouses

Wyoming and New Mexico are primed to become major exporters of wind power; solar power is going to take over California.

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How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.

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When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race

In 1963, kids in the 10th percentile of income fell behind children in the upper echelon of wealth by about a year or so. Today, that gap is closer to four years.

Reuters

Asia's Mega-Mall Boom Is Headed Toward Bust

How many more giant, empty malls will it take before development priorities finally change?

Reuters

The New Geography of Jobs: Smart Policies Are Good, but Oil Is Better

How Texas and North Dakota won the recovery.

Associated Press

The Amazon Model: The Rise of Urban Start-Ups in Smaller Tech Hubs

A look at the patterns of venture capital investment in Seattle, Austin, and Chicago.

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The Unlikeliest Heroes in the Battle Against Climate Change? Dung Beetles

The cow poop-crunching insects play a small but vibrant role in reducing greenhouse gases, scientists report.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.