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A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

Updated: The French Move To Protect Workers From After-Hours Email

C’est la vie.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: The post below was immensely popular on our social networks today–clearly, this story hit a nerve with email-weary workers across America and the world. We wish to clarify some information in <i>The Guardian</i> report. French unions did not ban French employees from sending …

One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

Recently, our nation’s financial chieftains have been feeling a little unloved. Venture capitalists are comparing the persecution of the rich to the …

TED talks are lying to you

<b>Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men" (AMC/Michael Yarish/amc)</b><p>The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 13, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him …

Guns in America after Newtown, by the numbers

There have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and more than 30,000 have died by way of gun violence<p>Take a look at gun deaths, school shootings, public opinion and the Senate vote on gun control in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 …

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for Under $15

How much money have you shelled out on facial masks, bubble bath, trips to the spa, and “miracle skin rejuvenation” products? Too much? It’s okay, we’re here to curb that spending habit and help you ramp up your inner kitchen witch. We’ve rounded up collection of 15 natural beauty tutorials that …

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Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support

On many economic issues, Americans are deeply divided. But when it comes to giving pay raises to minimum wage workers, voters overwhelmingly say: Do it.<p>That message jumped out Tuesday when more than 6 in 10 voters in New Jersey approved an increase in their state's minimum hourly wage. In January, …

UN inquiry finds more civilians killed by US drone strikes than reported

Investigation says at least 400 non-combatants killed in Pakistan by drone strikes and demands US comes clean over casualty figures<p>A United Nations investigation has found that American drone strikes have killed at least 400 civilians in Pakistan, far more than the US has ever acknowledged.<p>Ben …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Jay Z Has the Room

Everyone knows Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is smart, talented, and wildly successful, his Roc Nation empire continually expanding: the new sports agency, a fragrance launch this month, a luxury-goods partnership with Barneys. What’s fascinating is the way a drug dealer turned rapper turned mogul and …

About 15% of Americans live in poverty, so why is no one talking about it?

It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is dominated by one subject. It's what gets left out that is often more telling than what everyone (or at least the …

6 bars for cult-level craft cocktails in Chicago

While the craft cocktail revival may not have begun in Chicago, the Windy City is perfecting it. Bold words, but for a city already known for being …

Top Chef

California Upends School Funding To Give Poor Kids A Boost

As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree.<p>But they might soon.<p>California has revamped its school funding formula in ways that will send billions more dollars to districts that educate large numbers of children who are …

A Day in the Life of Paris's Growing Muslim Population

16 Co-Workers Win Powerball

Black people in Iowa singled out in marijuana arrests, data suggests

Iowa has the greatest racial disparity between black and white people in America when it comes to arrests for possession of marijuana, according to a …

Turkish protest takes root in Istanbul square after security forces withdraw

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was facing the biggest challenge to his 10-year rule this weekend as parts of Istanbul turned into a …

Rallies in 12 U.S. cities protest Koch Tribune takeover

Activists fear Koch takeover of papers would give conservative billionaires powerful platform<p>In 12 cities, anti-Koch Industries protesters will Wednesday deliver petitions, 500,000 signatures strong, to publications in order to protest the planned Koch takeover of the Tribune Company Newspapers. …

How Swedish Malort Became Chicago's Mascot Bitter Drink

The people who make Jeppson's Malort, a harshly bitter spirit that's consumed in shots or cocktails, don't mind that their product makes people grimace. Instead, they celebrate it.<p>Carl Jeppson Co., a Chicago company, has built a minor social media empire around malort's "brutal" flavor; one winner …

The jobs crisis at top US law schools is worse than you think

New Twist (& Slide) on Classic Convertible Couch Paradigm

Most fold-out sofas work on essentially the same schematic, or one of a few traditional modes of operation – few of these are as mechanically simple …

Murders fall 42 percent in America's deadliest city: Chicago

Three months after Chicago notched the most murders in the nation, officials are touting a dramatic downturn in crime.<p>In the first quarter of the year, murders dropped 42 percent over the same period last year and shootings were down 27 percent -- reductions that authorities say were fueled by …

Mislabelled fish slip into Europe's menus

<b>We are all eating much more fish than we used to - but are we eating the fish we think we are?</b><p>Official figures show that global consumption of fish and seafood per person is rising steeply - but research also reveals that much of what gets sold turns out to be not as described on the packet.<p>Earlier …

Howard Schultz to Anti-Gay-Marriage Starbucks Shareholder: 'You Can Sell Your Shares'

At Starbucks’ annual meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to the chief executive, Howard Schultz, that the company had lost customers because of its support for gay marriage. Last year Starbucks announced its support for Washington’s state’s referendum backing gay marriage, and …

These Modern Anti-Rape PSAs Blame The Victim

Even CNN was criticized for empathizing with the two convicted rapists.<p>It might be the 21st century, but there's still a tendency to blame the victim, be it for drinking or wearing a short skirt. The meme of targeting the violated as opposed to the violator has even made it into modern PSAs that …

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