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Poor aren't alone in living check to check
When you hear the term "paycheck to paycheck," you probably think of low-income households struggling to make ends meet. That's even the title of a new HBO documentary highlighting the plight of America's working poor.
Retirees' paperwork, stuck in a mine, points to government's balky IT problems
This is one of the weirdest workplaces in the U.S. government — both for where it is and for what it does. Here, inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees of the Office of Personnel Management. Their task is nothing top secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government's own workers, entirely by hand.
Why teens love dystopias
It's not a mystery why so many young-adult best-sellers (and the lucrative movie franchises based on them) would take place in post-apocalyptic societies governed by remote authoritarian entities and rigidly divided into warring factions. The word dystopia comes from a Greek root that roughly translates as "bad place," and what place could be worse than high school? Adolescence is not for the faint of heart.
Why our brains just cannot let this mystery go
Why should the story of Flight 370 grip us so? This mystery seems almost designed to arouse some fundamental parts of our brain.
- Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84
'Kid, I'm sorry, but you're just not college material'
What if encouraging students to take a shot at the college track - despite very long odds of crossing its finish line - does them more harm than good?
Is there a Disney universe?
Casual fans accept that Disney movies take place once upon a time, in a land far, far away. But Tumblr users are not casual fans. And they want it all to Mean Something.
Why your Facebook friends are so gullible
These stories aren't real. They're the work of the New Yorker's not-particularly-funny online satirist Andy Borowitz, but many people, not just your gullible Facebook friends, invariably believe them. Sometimes the official state news agencies of global superpowers believe them.
Sailors looking out windows trump technology in jetliner search
Even in this high-tech age, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may rely on good luck and the oldest of sensors: the human eye.
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