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Home-Builder Confidence Sags in June

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market index (HMI) for June fell 2 points to an index score of 64. The May index had gained 3 points ...
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The World’s Least Peaceful Country Is in Central Asia, US Is Toward the Bottom

War-torn, impoverished and politically unstable, the least peaceful nation in the world can be found in Central Asia, according to a well-respected global study of how people feel about their ...
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Soon You’ll Be Able to Know the Air Pollution Levels in Your Own Neighborhood

Air pollution is a major cause of death around the world. In some cities, it makes tens of thousands of people sick every year. Governments and scientist can measure levels ...
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Green Electricity Outshines Coal for the First Time in US

U.S. electricity generation is (slowly) going green. At the end of April, power generation capacity from renewable sources (hydropower, biomass, geothermal, solar and wind) for the first time surpassed the ...
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Could Immigration Reform Brighten CFOs Gloomy Economic Outlook?

Almost half (48.1%) of U.S. chief financial officers (CFOs) expect the U.S. economy to be in recession by the second quarter of next year and 69% believe that a recession ...
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Amazon Becomes World’s Most Valuable Brand at $315 Billion

One of the world's most widely respected brand firms has issued its list of the world's most valuable brands. Amazon.com is at the top of that list with a brand ...
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The Pot Industry Will Soon Employ As Many People As the US Army

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is legal for recreational use in 10 states and for medical use in 38. Growing, processing and selling cannabis has become a large enough business ...
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Why GE’s Alstom Acquisition Was Misguided

Since 2000, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has dropped more than $500 billion in market value. The company, once among the world's most valuable, is now worth only about 15% ...
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IMF Issues Review of US Economy, Warns About Debt, Trade

The United States will celebrate the longest economic expansion in history next month. July marks the 10-year anniversary of the turnaround begun in June 2009 to repair the country's economy ...
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The Most Dominant Airline in Each State

More than 100 domestic U.S. airlines move hundreds of millions of passengers around the country every year. Most of us know the four or five largest airlines but would be ...
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Fake Health News Has Become So Common New Guidelines Now Help Recognize Them

Fake news. It has affected political elections, media coverage and the perception of key public figures. The problem has spread to health news, which can be critical to the well-being ...
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Americans Now Spend More Time on Mobile Devices Than Watching TV

It was inevitable, right? After all, most Americans own smartphones and most carry those phones with them all day, every day. It turns out they're not only lugging them around, ...
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S&P 500 Index Could Drop 20% Says Nomura Quant

If Nomura Securities analyst Masanari Takada is right, U.S. equity markets could be headed for a decline similar to the one that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. ...
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April Home Price Increases Remain Moderate

U.S. home prices rose 3.6% in April, compared with the same month a year ago, according to data from CoreLogic released Tuesday in the firm's Home Price Insights monthly report. ...
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These Are America’s Safest Cities for Tourists

Picking spots to visit in a foreign country is a matter of local attractions, climate, cost of travel, and often restaurants and hotels. The U.S. keeps a list of countries ...
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