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Russian men losing years to vodka

Spirit linked to 35% of cases where a man dies before age 55, with study citing national sport of spectacular drunkenness<p>Russian men who down large amounts of vodka have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says.<p>Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian …

'I'm Not A Lookalike' Project Showcases Strangers Who Look Like Twins (PHOTOS)

Think you're special and unique?<p>So did these folks, until they met Francois Brunelle.<p>The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.<p>"I was inspired by 2 things," Brunelle told Rex …

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<b>This Hamilton Project policy paper provides a dozen facts on struggling lower-middle-class families focusing on two key challenges: food insecurity,</b> …

The Decline of Colorado’s Middle Class

Download the PDF here.<p>Colorado’s middle class is struggling. In the wake of the Great Recession, middle-class Coloradans have seen their incomes fall …

I work 4 jobs and I'm still struggling

Bobby Bingham works four jobs in Kansas City, Missouri, yet he has very little to show for it.<p>Bingham is 37 years old and has a college degree, but like many Americans, is stuck working many hours in low wage, part-time jobs.<p>Each week, he works a total of about 60 hours in his jobs as a massage …

My jobless benefits will end next week

Jean Winsor sits in the dark in her home, wearing extra layers to keep warm.<p>That's because Winsor is terrified of running up her electric and gas bills just as she stops receiving her unemployment check. She is among 1.3 million who will lose federal jobless benefits next week, when the program …

Who Belongs to the Lower Middle Class, and Why Does It Matter?

It’s been a good week, rhetorically, for those who care about reducing inequality. Last Tuesday, in his first papal exhortation, Pope Francis bewailed the unequal distribution of global wealth, using language that sounded, at times, quite Marxist: “But until exclusion and inequality in society and …

Fear And Hopelessness As Five Families Prepare To Lose Unemployment Benefits

On Saturday, an estimated 1.3 million Americans will stop receiving unemployment benefits amid the latest standoff in Washington. Here are five of them.<p>About 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will stop receiving federal unemployment benefits beginning Saturday, the consequence over a …

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What's in Those Haribo Gummy Bears?

The science of lycasin, destroyer of worlds, intestines<p>In all fairness, you were warned. The Amazon description for sugar-free Haribo Gummy Bears reads, in part: "This product is a sugarless/sugarfree item with ingredients that can cause intestinal distress if eaten in excess."<p>"Intestinal …

Mystery rock suddenly appears near Mars rover, puzzling scientists

A "jelly doughnut-sized" rock has appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars, and scientists can't figure out where it came from, <i>Discovery News</i> reports. The discovery was revealed by Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres in a "10 years of roving Mars" keynote at NASA's Jet …