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America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.

(Newser) - "Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key... More »

The Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America

Nampa, Idaho, is No. 1, and Washington, DC, is last in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - The best-run city in the US isn't exactly a household name. Nampa, Idaho, gets the honor in a new ranking from WalletHub . The site ranked 150 of the nation's largest cities (including Washington, DC) on a range of factors, including financial stability, education, health, safety, infrastructure, and pollution.... More »

10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in... More »

Shop Owner Was Told to Leave Before Blast, Fire Chief Says

Man was the only person killed in gas explosion

(Newser) - A coffee shop owner killed in a North Carolina gas line explosion was last seen in the doorway of his business after firefighters evacuated his customers and told him to leave, as well, the fire chief said Thursday. New details about what led to the death emerged as authorities raised... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

Oklahoma City is first on the list

(Newser) - If you've got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the... More »

Confederate Statue Toppled in North Carolina

No arrests made after Durham statue pulled down

(Newser) - Protesters gathered in North Carolina tore down a 97-year-old Confederate statue in front of a cheering crowd of more than 100 people Monday. Activists used a ladder to put a rope around the statue's neck before a group of people pulled it to the ground, the News & Observer... More »

People Can't Stop Watching Trucks Crash Into This Bridge

North Carolina underpass notorious for shaving tops off trucks

(Newser) - There are signs and warning lights that flash. But, still, box trucks, campers, and other tall vehicles keep taking on the notoriously low railroad bridge at Peabody and Gregson streets in Durham, NC. And they keep losing. The bridge has shaved the tops off of more than 100 vehicles since... More »

Girl Thrown in Pond Dies; More Charges Loom for Dad

Alan Lassiter already charged with trying to drown his 3 kids

(Newser) - The North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children faces new charges after his 3-year-old daughter died yesterday, three days after police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter tried to drown her and her sister in an apartment complex pond. Authorities have not released the girl's name. The... More »

Cop: We Lie About 911 Calls to Make Arrests

North Carolina officer admits to using tactic

(Newser) - The police chief in Durham, North Carolina, has warned officers to stop lying about fake 911 calls in order to enter people's homes and make arrests, Opposing Views reports. The tactic came up during a court hearing in May when an officer admitted to doing it. Officer AB Beck... More »

America's Smartest Cities

Sin City might want to rename itself Not-So-Bright City

(Newser) - Sure, we usually take into account jobs, culture, climate, affordability, and a host of other data when moving to another place, but do you really want to be surrounded by a city full of blithering idiots? The Daily Beast crunches the numbers and comes up with the smartest cities in... More »

Smartest Cities in America

Boulder, Durham, DC trump Ivy stronghold Boston

(Newser) - The number-one brainiest city in America is a university town that major science research centers have made home and whose tech-friendly business culture draws start-ups: Boulder, Colo. Writing in the Daily Beast , Richard Florida ranks the country's 20 brainiest metro areas, as determined by things like number of adults with... More »

Madoff Injured by Falling Out of Bed: Source

Ponzi schemer has facial fractures; lawyer blames dizziness

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff has been receiving medical care for injuries suffered when he fell out of bed and apparently landed on his face. The Ponzi schemer was taken to Duke University Medical Center in Durham on Friday and treated for multiple facial fractures, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, sources tell... More »

Dad Saves Toddler Sucked Into Storm Drain

Girl was carried 230 feet through pipe into river swollen with floodwater

(Newser) - Emergency workers are praising the "incredibly quick thinking" of a British man who saved his 3-year-old daughter from drowning yesterday after she was sucked into a storm drain with her dog, the Guardian reports. Royal Air Force sergeant Mark Baxter raced to a river just in time to save... More »

Silicon Valley, Big Apple, DC Remain Top US 'Cybercities'

51 of 60 major metro areas found by industry survey to have added tech jobs

(Newser) - Silicon Valley, New York, and Washington, DC, still have the most tech workers among US metro areas, a new report shows. New York has the most techies, but when San Francisco and the greater Bay Area are combined with Silicon Valley, it tops the list, MarketWatch notes. The Valley is... More »

Police Charge 2 in UNC Murder

Chapel Hill cops make first arrest, second is underway

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have charged two men with the murder of a UNC student whose death drew national attention, the AP reports. One suspect, a 21-year-old, is in custody while the other, a 17-year-old, remains at large. Eve Carson, student body president at UNC-Chapel Hill, was found shot to... More »

Lax Players Sue Duke Over Rape Case

City, school blamed for stressing 38 uncharged teammates

(Newser) - Thirty-eight former Duke lacrosse players are firing back at the North Carolina school and the city of Durham, suing for emotional distress resulting from the later-dropped rape case against three teammates, the AP reports. Players say the school ignored or suppressed evidence in their favor and let them face consequences... More »

Duke Lacrosse Players Slap Ex-DA, City With Suit

Conspiracy alleged to prolong rape case

(Newser) - Three former Duke lacrosse players cleared of rape charges after the prosecution's case imploded are suing disgraced former DA Mike Nifong and employees of Durham, NC, in federal court. The three seek unspecified damages, remuneration for legal fees and reforms to Durham's investigative procedures, the AP reports. A spokeswoman said... More »

Nifong Begins 1-Day Jail Sentence

DA in Duke lacrosse rape case reports to Durham lockup

(Newser) - Surrounded by a small crowd of supporters, ex-DA Mike Nifong entered the Durham County jail at 9 this morning to begin his 24-hour sentence. Nifong was found guilty last week of willfully deceiving the court. He declined to comment to reporters, the News & Observer reports, only locking hands with... More »

Duke Prosecutor Will Do One Day Behind Bars

Nifong sentenced to 24 hours for lying about evidence

(Newser) - Mike Nifong, the disgraced district attorney in the Duke rape case, will spend a night in jail for contempt of court, a Durham, NC, judge ruled yesterday. The judge concluded that Nifong, who has already been disbarred, "willfully" withheld DNA evidence that exonerated three lacrosse players accused of raping... More »

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