Special Report

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Most (and Least) Expensive Housing Markets

For the first time, the median price of a home in a U.S. metro area passed the $1 million mark. A typical home in the San Jose, California area sold ...
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Customer Service Hall of Fame

Every company in the United States likes to promise an exceptional customer experience. Polls show that at least some corporations do an excellent job keeping their promise -- these companies ...
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Customer Service Hall of Shame

Every company in the United States likes to promise an exceptional customer experience. Yet some corporations do a truly abysmal job keeping that promise -- these companies provide very poor ...
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States With the Highest (and Lowest) Vaccination Rates

Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate, preventable infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability and death in the United States. The current immunization schedule saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 ...
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The Next 14 States to Legalize Marijuana

In 2013, only 7% of American adults said they were marijuana users. Today, less than three years later, usage rates have nearly doubled, as 13% of U.S. adults say they ...
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Easiest (and Hardest) States to Find Full-Time Work

More than a quarter million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in July, and the official unemployment rate remained unchanged at just under 5%, according to the latest jobs ...
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Best (and Worst) Paying Cities for Women

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently made history as the first female nominated for president of the United States. Her nomination brought some long-standing issues of gender equality ...
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12 Companies Laying Off the Most Workers

Tech giant Cisco Systems is expected to announce plans to lay off 14,000 employees in the coming weeks, nearly one-fifth of its total headcount, according to technology news site CRN. ...
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Cities Where the Most (and Least) People Own Their Home

Home purchases in the United States have rebounded since the the recession that began in late 2007. The residential real estate market is a major pillar of the economy and ...
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American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

The United States has created more than 10 million jobs in the past four years. Over this time, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2% to 4.9%, the lowest in nearly ...
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America’s Most Violent (and Peaceful) States

Although the risk of deadly shootings appears to have escalated, violence in the United States is trending downward. In 1995, there were 685 violent incidents per 100,000 people nationwide. By ...
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Black and White Inequality in All 50 States

The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1965 made great strides toward racial equality. However, this legislation -- ending decades of government-sponsored racial oppression and intended to reverse the ...
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Best States for Healthy Retirement

The number of senior citizens living in the United States is expected to double in the next 25 years. The aging baby boom generation and improved medical technology will lead ...
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America’s Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Housing Markets

The U.S. housing sector is gradually returning to pre-crisis levels. Home prices rose for four consecutive years to a median of $222,400 at the end of 2015, the highest since ...
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American Cities Adding the Most Jobs

The United States has created more than 10 million jobs in the past four years. Over this time, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2% to 4.9%, the lowest in nearly ...
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