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Sales of New Homes Dipped 8% in January

Online real-estate brokerage Redfin reported Friday that sales of new single-family homes dropped 8% in January compared with January 2018 sales. Sales fell in all four regions of the country. ...
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Natural Gas Price Rises on Another Big Storage Drawdown

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stockpiles decreased by 177 billion cubic feet for the week ending February 15. Analysts polled by Reuters ...
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Trump Is Obese, Like 93 Million Other Americans

President Donald Trump had his annual physical. He weighs 243 pounds and stands six feet and three inches tall. That gives him a body mass index of 30.4, which is ...
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Why Californians Are Fleeing the State

More and more Californians are considering fleeing the Golden State, and this is not the result of recent wildfires or earthquakes. In fact, high costs of living and housing prices ...
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Is There No Light at the End of Retail Tunnel?

In 2017 more than 8,100 U.S. retail stores closed their doors, breaking an all-time record of 6,163 store closures in 2008 at the beginning of the global financial crisis. In ...
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Why Women Don’t Get Promoted

Nearly half of all entry-level employees at U.S. companies are women. At the top of the food chain, however, less than a quarter of C-suite executives are women. For women ...
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US Traffic Deaths Above 40,000 for Third Year: Sharp Swings From State to State

According to information from the National Safety Council (NSC), traffic deaths were down very slightly in 2018 but were above 40,000 for the third straight year. Another 4.5 million people ...
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Tobacco Use Surges Among Young People, Triggered by E-Cigarettes

Around 4.9 million middle and high school students used tobacco in 2018. That is up from 3.6 million in 2017, a 36% increase. Virtually the entire increase was due to ...
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5 Cities Where People Owe More Than Their Homes Are Worth

Underwater mortgages were a staple of the Great Recession and the national home real estate value collapse from 2006 to 2009. In some cities in Florida and metropolitan areas like ...
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How Much Does Biodiversity Really Matter?

When a professor at Oxford University told The Guardian last year, "Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity," that's something worth paying attention to. It is the complex and ...
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Over 50% of American Retailers Say They Are in Trouble

The retail apocalypse claims more and more traditional companies in the sector each year. Over half of the retailers left say they are "surviving" and barely breaking even. Some of ...
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Record Number of US CEOs Left Their Jobs in January

The number of U.S. CEOs who lost or left their jobs in January continued a record-setting trend established in the fourth quarter of 2018. A total of 157 CEOs departed ...
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This Is the Department Store Americans Are Most Loyal To

T.J. Maxx is not the best-known American retailer, a crown that probably goes to Walmart. However, it is the one that American consumers trust the most, according to a new ...
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Gas Prices Mixed Nationally: These 10 States Have the Highest Gas Taxes

Auto association AAA has announced that gasoline price movements were mixed last month. State by state, the price changes were muted. While the group said the price of oil was ...
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Infrastructure Investment Could Raise US GDP by $5.9 Trillion Over 20 Years

The old saying that you have to spend money in order to make money gained more support on Friday. The Business Roundtable released a report that federal spending of $737 ...
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