The Most (And Least) Expensive States to Drive

Owning a car is expensive. There are maintenance costs to consider, insurance to pay, and of course, gas. Several factors could affect these costs going forward. For one, if legislatures ...
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9 States with the Most Dangerous Weather

Despite a historically slow start to tornado season in 2015, more than 400 tornadoes were reported in May alone, roughly double the average in recent years. May was also the ...
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The 10 Most Oil-Rich States

Oil futures fell last week, the biggest weekly decline since March, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that U.S. oil and gas inventories unexpectedly rose the week before. ...
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10 States With the Most Hate Groups

Sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, and other, often immutable, characteristics are still the basis for discrimination and violence in the United States. While the organized hatred of entire groups of ...
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The Most Expensive Town in Each State

 The prices of goods and services -- whether they are essential such as housing, food, and medical care or luxury items such as tobacco and sports equipment -- vary widely ...
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States Drinking the Most Beer

About 213,029 barrels of beer, or 6.6 billion gallons, were shipped into the United States in 2013, down slightly from the year before. U.S. beer shipments, used to capture consumption ...
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Drought Expected to Worsen in the West

While there are pockets of abnormally dry areas east of the Rocky Mountains, nearly all of the United States west of the Rockies is expecting drought conditions to persist or ...
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States With the Fastest (and Slowest) Growing Economies

The U.S. economy grew 2.2% in 2014, largely on gains in the professional, scientific and technical services sector. Last year's growth was up from a 1.9% GDP growth rate in ...
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The States With the Strongest and Weakest Unions

In 1973, 24% of all U.S. wage and salary workers were members of unions. Since then, organized labor participation has steadily declined. Over the past decade, nationwide union membership ...
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Unemployment Drops Below 3% In Nebraska

The U.S. economy has added enough workers since unemployment hit 10% at the depths of the recession that the national jobless rate has moved down to 5.5%. The recovery has been ...
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The Best and Worst States to Be Unemployed

Since it peaked at 9.6% in 2010, the U.S. annual unemployment rate has declined every year, reaching 6.2% in 2014. While the country may be on the path to ...
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10 States With the Most Gun Violence

 More than two-thirds of all homicides in the United States are gun-related. Of the 16,121 homicides reported in 2013, 11,208 were caused by gun violence. Including suicides, nearly 34,000 people ...
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Downpours End Texas Drought

Part of northern Texas and Oklahoma had the worst rating posted by the U.S. Drought Monitor -- "exceptional drought"* -- until recently. That is the same designation given to most ...
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Marijuana Industry Struggles Against Tough Politics

Colorado's effort to tax marijuana as a means to help the state budget never materialized, at least financially, slowing expansion of industries supported by the drug. As attempts to approve marijuana's use ...
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The Poorest Town in Each State

Poverty in the United States is not uniform and varies from place to place. Still, each state -- no matter how rich -- has some poor towns. In every state, ...
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