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10 Best, Worst US Cities for Singles

San Francisco tops the list; Brownsville, Texas comes in last

(Newser) - Getting hit with Cupid's arrow is "part willingness and part geography," notes WalletHub . And with 109 million or so single adults in the US as of 2015, per the latest Census Bureau , finding the right place to settle down in both the geographical and romantic sense can... More »

10 Most Popular Names for Girls, Boys

Sophia and Jackson take the No. 1 spots for their respective genders

(Newser) - Lots of monikers ending in "a" and "n" top BabyCenter's 2016 list of top baby names , with Sophia taking the top spot for girls, while Jackson ascends to No. 1 for the little guys. Almost 400,000 parents sent in their picks for the year, which People ... More »

Rolling Stone's 10 Best Albums of 2016

David Bowie and Leonard Cohen's final goodbyes make the list

(Newser) - This year has been a long one, a fact not lost even on the escapist music world. In the preface to its annual "best albums" list, Rolling Stone notes that "2016 was seemingly hardwired to self-destruct," complete with "explicitly political R&B molotovs" from Beyonce and... More »

NYT Book Review Picks 10 Best Books of 2016

Fans of fiction and nonfiction can dig in

(Newser) - The editors of the New York Times Book Review are out with their annual list of the best reads of the year. The top 10, which aren't ranked in order:
  1. The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan, fiction. Review here .
  2. The North Water, Ian McGuire, fiction. Review here .
  3. The
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The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Paste's list includes shows from just 5 networks

(Newser) - The best show on television is "a bold and artful exploration of faith, family, and our differing definitions of 'freedom,'" according to Paste magazine. The mag has compiled a list of the top 25 shows on TV this year, based on a poll of staff members... More »

10 Pricey Cities, and the Salary You Need to Live in Them

California claims the top 3—and you'll need a 6-figure annual paycheck there

(Newser) - Buying a home has always been a big-ticket purchase, but as CNNMoney notes, a seller's market has made being able to afford one increasingly difficult. HSH.com looked at median house prices from the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter of this year, plus the average interest... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

10 Best Cities for Shopping Locally

San Diego is best, says Yelp

(Newser) - Just in time for "Small Business Saturday," Yelp has released a ranking of the 20 best US cities to shop locally for gifts, based on millions of locally-written reviews of stores (just not the big-box variety), per Albuquerque Business First . The top 10 cities: More »

This Is the Best Public Restroom in America

Congrats, Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

(Newser) - It's not often you meet with a toilet so nice it's compared to a first-class seat. But that's exactly what travelers will encounter in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, home to the best public bathroom in the country, according to a survey by restroom supply company Cintas. The... More »

The World's 10 Poorest Nations

Democratic Republic of Congo has lowest GNI per capita

(Newser) - Many Americans make more in a week than residents in some of the poorest countries earn in an entire year, reports 24/7 Wall St. , which has ranked the poorest countries in the world based on gross national income. GNI includes residents' net incomes as well as the country's gross... More »

Here Are the World's 5 Best Airlines

Congrats, New Zealand mates

(Newser) - "Get Lucky" could very well be New Zealand's theme song, at least when it comes to its national airline. CNN reports that for the fourth time, Air New Zealand has captured first place in AirlineRatings.com's 2017 Airline Excellence Awards , which rated airlines around the world on... More »

7 Things in Your House That Are Bumming You Out

You may not even realize it

(Newser) - Bummed and not sure why? Your home decor might be bringing you down. The Houston Chronicle has a list of 13 things you might want to tweak. A sampling:
  • Family heirlooms: "We hold onto heirlooms/gifts even though we don't like or enjoy them because we feel guilty giving
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These 7 Countries Have No McDonald's Locations

How is that even possible?

(Newser) - McDonald's is currently fighting for its right to serve Big Macs near two Italian landmarks, but the Telegraph reports that 10 countries have already won their burger battle against Mickey D's. A sampling: More »

The 5 Best, Worst US Cities for Veterans

Scottsdale is the place to be

(Newser) - Veterans in some Texas cities appear to be living a sweeter life than those in other parts of the country, according to WalletHub . The site gave cities a score out of 100, based on 21 factors of "veteran-friendliness," including the availability of VA services, veteran income, the veteran... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

5 Best, Worst Airports in America

Our condolences, everyone in the New York area

(Newser) - You'd be hard-pressed to find many people who actually enjoy the rush and chaos of navigating the airport while traveling, but some airports rate better than others if you're forced to wait at the gate with your newspaper and latte. The Points Guy took a look at the... More »

The 5 Viruses You Never Want to Get

Ebola's up there, but there are others that could be even worse

(Newser) - The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever ended earlier this year , but despite advances in vaccines and antiviral drugs, Live Science notes "we're a long way from winning" the war against not only Ebola, but other viruses, too—some even deadlier than Ebola. The site lists some of the worst... More »

Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

10 Healthy Habits You Don't Really Need to Do

Sorry, but flossing and washing your jeans is 'pointless,' per the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Life is short, time is precious, and these bromides mean we simply shouldn't be wasting our efforts on what the Guardian calls "pointless" and "useless" habits we've apparently been brainwashed into adopting. Inspired by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' list of 40 medical treatments that... More »

10 Best Cities for Vegetarians

Plant-eaters won't go hungry in Santa Fe

(Newser) - It's getting easier for vegetarians to eat out these days, but some cities are better than others. Datafiniti has rounded up the 10 US cities with the most vegetarian restaurants per 100,000 people. The winners:
  1. Santa Fe, NM (29.6 per 100,00 residents)
  2. Eugene, Ore. (16.5)
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