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How many hurricanes have hit America?

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Hurricane Ian hit the West Florida coast close to Fort Myers, causing widespread destruction, flooding and power outages. Upon making landfall at offshore island Cayo Costa, …

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Timeline: What happens next with the royal family?

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  The death of Queen Elizabeth II of England has not only caused an outpouring of condolences as many in the UK and the world are …

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America’s fastest drive-thrus

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Taco Bell is the fast food chain that has the fastest drive-thrus in America. According to a study done by industry publication QSR, Taco Bell customers have to wait …

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The countries where monarchs still ‘rule’

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  Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at the age of 96 after ruling over England for 70 years, the second-longest serving monarch in history. But it …

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This is how many foreign-born politicians are in Congress

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  Republican Mayra Flores has been called as the winner of a special election in Texas’ 34th Congressional District, flipping the seat and making her the …

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Here’s how many Earths we’d need if everyone lived like Americans

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  If the citizens of the world lived like those of the United States, the resources of more than five full planets would be needed to …

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Will 2024 be the year of the third-party candidate?

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  Anyone running as a third-party candidate or Independent for federal office in the U.S., let alone the presidency, is certainly facing long odds. Still, generations of …

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Don’t understand the Inflation Reduction Act? This graphic can help

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  The Inflation Reduction Act is what is left of the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s agenda — introduced in 2021 and dubbed the human infrastructure bill then. The much …

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Here’s where people spend the most on prescription drugs

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  When it comes to the expenditure on pharmaceuticals across OECD countries, the United States spends much more than other industrialized nations that are part of the organization. …

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The surprising country where people drink the most beer

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  Some countries love drinking beer while others are more inclined to supply the rest of the world by exporting their brews. Again others are gladly accepting this …

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US prescription prices are much higher than other countries

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  Depending on the country of comparison, U.S. residents are paying twice as much, three times as much or even more for their prescription drugs. Research by …

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Is the US really facing stagflation?

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  After the United States recorded two consecutive quarters of negative growth in Q1 and Q2 of 2022, the Biden administration was quick to point out …

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The biggest lottery payouts in US history

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  A single ticket purchased in Chicago suburb Des Plaines won the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot in a July drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at a …

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World’s highest grossing retailers (no, Amazon isn’t at the top)

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Walmart is the top-selling company in the world, turning over around $573 billion in annual revenue. This is according to the Statista company database Company DB. The company in second …

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US entered a ‘technical’ recession in Q2

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  The U.S. economy entered a technical recession in the second quarter of 2022. The real GDP of the country shrunk by 0.9% in Q2 according to preliminary …

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Can this Biden bill help solve the microchip shortage?

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  U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to shortly sign into law the Chips+ bill, aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. microchip industry, alleviating …

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Can Democrats keep control of the House & Senate after midterm elections?

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  The Democrats are controlling the House, the Senate and the presidency at the moment, but the midterm election coming up at the end of the …

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Food prices that have risen the most because of inflation

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Americans who want to stock up on food staples at the supermarket have to shell out significantly more for those items than a year ago. Increases in …

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Did Trump & Biden pave the way for older presidential candidates?

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  Joe Biden is turning 80 this year. When the 46th U.S. president was inaugurated in January of 2021, he was the oldest president in U.S. history by …

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Poll: Biden is not voters’ first choice for 2024

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  A survey among registered voters who said they participated in Democratic primaries shows that current President Joe Biden isn’t the first choice among those deciding …

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The world’s most & least peaceful countries

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  The 2022 edition of the Global Peace Index released by The Institute for Economics and Peace has found that global peacefulness has declined for the eleventh time …

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Thousands of dangerous asteroids whizzed past Earth this year

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  NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies keeps an eye on the sky, surveying almost 28,000 asteroids and a much smaller number of comets that …

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Are Canadians really more anti-gun than Americans?

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  As the prospects of stricter gun laws appear dim in the U.S., Canada looks set to tighten their rules following the gun massacres in Buffalo, …

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These are the world’s angriest countries

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Nearly everybody experiences anger in everyday life, whether it’s frustrations about making ends meet, the state of public transport or a misunderstanding at work. Gallup’s 2021 Global …

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Here’s why filibusters are on the rise under Biden administration

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Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are the two senators currently standing in the way of the Democratic Party abolishing or carving out exceptions to the …

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American pride hits new low

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  Americans’ pride in their country has steadily fallen since Gallup started conducting a survey on the subject in 2001. Now, national pride in the U.S. has plummeted …

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Here’s how many Americas have died in mass shootings

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  The Buffalo supermarket shooting, the massacre of elementary school children in Uvalde, Texas, the attack on a doctor and bystanders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the …

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Is it time to bring back the assault weapons ban?

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  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday night that the lower chamber would move on legislation aimed at banning the sale of assault weapons like …

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You can carry a gun without a permit in these states

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  The not-guilty verdict in the court case against Kyle Rittenhouse has ignited a debate about self-defense laws and also gun carry laws in the United …

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Planning summer travel? These are the best & worst countries for LGBT+ travelers

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In order to help LGBTQ+ tourists travel safely, the German portal Spartacus started publishing the Gay Travel Index in 2012. In the 2020 edition, the ranking compared 202 …