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The 9 Most Misleading Product Claims

It can be difficult for consumers to distinguish false advertising claims from true ones, especially when they are made by credible-sounding advocates. When companies with enormous spending power are ...
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9 Old-Fashioned Names Making Huge Comebacks

 Most people are called the name they were given at birth for their entire lives, and for that reason, the name of a child is often given intense consideration. Like ...
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The States With the Most (and Least) Divorces

 The status of relationships across the United States is difficult to reduce to a data set. Partnership is an intensely personal matter and marriage, a legal recognition of partnership, is ...
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10 Most Popular Stores in America

Walmart is the most popular store in America. More than half of all shoppers in the country visited a Walmart location in March. No other U.S. store could claim ...
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The 10 Richest Towns in America

Income inequality is becoming the most important economic topic going into this election cycle. The absolute extremes of wealth and poverty are often found in the same area. The annual ...
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The States With the Highest (and Lowest) Obesity Rates

 Obesity in the United States continues to rise, and the problem does not appear to be getting any better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national ...
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Companies With the Best (and Worst) Reputations

Goldman Sachs has the worst reputation of any major American company. Upstate New York-based grocery chain Wegmans is the most highly-regarded company. Also notably, Samsung surpassed Apple this year as ...
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America’s Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Economies

It's been a slow recovery, but according to a recent report, U.S. economic growth is expected to pick up in the coming years. The nation’s economy grew by 1.9% in ...
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The Six Best States to Flip a House

In 2013, investors bought more than 156,000 homes, only to fix them up and quickly resell them for an average profit of $58,081. Home flipping became increasingly popular as the ...
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Countries Where Children Have the Best Opportunities

Is America really the land of opportunity? According to data just released by Gallup, 80% of Americans believe children in the country have the opportunities to learn and grow. While ...
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States With the Most (and Least) Government Benefits

Politicians Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan recently introduced a plan to fight poverty by transferring more responsibility to the states. While the federal government offers various assistance programs to U.S. ...
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Cities Selling the Most Distressed Homes

Last December, 16.2% of all home sales involved distressed properties, according to a recent report. These homes were sold at an average discount of nearly 40% when compared to conventional, ...
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States Where the Most People Work Two Jobs

The vast majority of working Americans spend their time at one job, but that isn’t the case for everyone. In 2012, roughly 5% of the U.S. working population held more ...
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The Most Innovative Companies in the World

In 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted more than 270,000 patents, often to the same organizations. The USPTO awarded 76,850 patents to the top 50 companies alone. ...
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States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. education system remains mediocre, receiving a C− grade, ...
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