Special Report

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The Worst Cities for Black Americans

Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal ...
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States With the Widest Gap Between Rich and Poor

Wages for the wealthiest 1% of Americans more than doubled between 1979 and 2011. Wages for the median U.S. worker, by contrast, increased just 6% over that period. The ...
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10 States Draining the Country’s Energy

 According to data released earlier this year, the United States consumes approximately 97 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Btu) annually, behind only China in total use and equal to nearly one ...
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The Most Dangerous Cities in America

 Over 400 violent crimes per 100,000 residents were reported in the United States in 2010. The rate has fallen every year since to a four-year low of 366 violent crimes ...
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The Best and Worst Economies in the World

 The global economy is projected to grow by 3.3% this year, considerably slower than in 2014. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), growth among advanced economies such as the ...
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Cities With the Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Economies

U.S. economic output grew by 2.2% in 2014 to $15.77 trillion. Some sectors -- such as the manufacturing and mining industries -- grew. Others -- including agriculture and government ...
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Cities Spending the Most (and Least) per Student

 Through federal, state, and local funding, the U.S. public school system spends an average of $10,700 per student a year. Between differences in state policies, regional property tax values, and ...
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Richest and Poorest School Districts

Many factors determine the quality of education in a particular state, including federal, state, and local funding levels, the curriculum, and teacher and staff quality. A district's wealth, however, is ...
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America’s Most and Least Educated States: A Survey of All 50

The United States offers some of the most expensive college educations in the world, and costs have risen to record highs. The College Board found that in the most recent ...
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10 Cities Where You Don’t Want to Get Sick

About 440,000 people die in the United States each year as a result of a preventable hospital error. Despite the precautions hospitals take to minimize the likelihood of a mistake, ...
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10 Countries Sheltering the Most Refugees

By the end of 2014, 59.5 million individuals had been displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, violence, conflict, or human rights violations -- the most in recent history. More ...
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Largest Industry in Each State

Over the first half of this year, the U.S. economy generated slightly more than $17.9 trillion in goods and services, up $286 billion from the previous six months. The nation’s ...
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America’s Richest (and Poorest) States

The United States added 3.2 million jobs in 2014, a greater addition to the workforce than in 2013, when 2.3 million jobs were added. At the end of last year, ...
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Cities With the Most Dangerous Natural Disasters

 More than 35 million U.S. single-family homes and condos, the equivalent of $6.6 trillion in residential property, are at high risk of damage from natural disasters. Those homes account for ...
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10 States Burning the Most Coal

President Barack Obama released in August the final version of his climate policy and energy use program, the Clean Power Plan. The plan, if it passes, will allow the EPA ...
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