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Fortune Names 10 Best World Leaders

Jacinda Ardern cracks top 10, as does Robert Mueller

(Newser) - As Fortune sees it, the world's greatest leaders share one thing in common: They have courage to "make bold choices" and take personal risks, whether a journalist reporting under threat of death in South Sudan or a nation's leader expressing compassion when faced with the opposite. Such... More »

10 Least 'Green' States

WalletHub survey puts Vermont first and Louisiana last on environmental issues

(Newser) - Some states are greener than others—not so much literally but in terms of their environmental practices. WalletHub has a new ranking that puts Vermont first and Louisiana last after crunching various metrics, including air quality, water quality, LEED-certified buildings, gas consumption, energy consumption from renewable resources, etc. Read on... More »

This Is the Worst State for Millennials

West Virginia fares the worst in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - Some states are better than others for millennials. Specifically, Massachusetts is way better than West Virginia, according to WalletHub . Those two states came in first and last, respectively, in the website's ranking of millennial life. A whole slew of factors went into the rankings, including millennial employment figures, earnings,... More »

This State Has the Least Stress

Minnesota is best in new ranking

(Newser) - Lousiana and Minnesota are the yin and yang of stress, according to a new survey by WalletHub . The website ranked the states from most to least stressed, using factors such as money trouble (bankruptcies, etc.), family trouble (divorce rate, etc.), work stress (unemployment, commute time, etc.), and... More »

Travelers Rate the Best Airlines. There's a Returning Champ

Congrats again to Singapore Airlines

(Newser) - The champ reigns again in TripAdvisor's third annual list of the world's top 10 airlines, as decided by travelers. Singapore Airlines—one of four Asian carriers to make the 2019 list , which is actually chosen by an algorithm based on the quality and quantity of 2018 flier reviews—... More »

America's Lowest-Paying Job Isn't in Fast Food

Food service industry still dominates the top 10, though

(Newser) - The website 24/7 Wall St has determined the lowest-paying jobs in America, and it finds that women dominate 18 of the top 25 occupations on the list. It turns out that those in the laundry and dry-cleaning business make the least of all US workers. The site compiled the list... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

10 Priciest Cities to Call Home

It's a 3-way tie for No. 1—a first in survey's history

(Newser) - Not one, not two, but three cities have for the first time tied for the most expensive to call home in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong share the distinction. Asian and European cities dominate the list of 10 cities—compiled by evaluating the cost... More »

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities

Looking for contentment? These might be your best bet

(Newser) - Marie Kondo is sparking joy around the nation, but you may be able to do that on your own (without a major closet reorg) if you simply pick the right place to live. WalletHub looked at 180-plus US cities across more than 30 "happiness" metrics in three main categories:... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

NJ and Hawaii: Thousands Apart, in Miles, Property Taxes

Garden State has highest US property taxes, Aloha State the lowest, based on median home value

(Newser) - What do Hawaii and New Jersey have in common? Probably not much, but especially when it comes to property taxes, per WalletHub , which says what you pay on your real estate can range from a "small inconvenience" to a "major burden." The Aloha State falls under the... More »

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average... More »

The Most Popular Beer in America

Bud Light leads by a mile

(Newser) - People may rave over their favorite craft brews, but the most popular beer brand in America is, by far, Bud Light. Numbers crunched by 24/7 Wall St. prove the point, with the number of barrels shipped in 2017 doubling its nearest rival. Maybe the only silver lining for those hoping... More »

Here Are the 10 Healthiest, Least Healthy US Cities

Heading west for good health seems sound

(Newser) - Staying healthy can be challenging these days, thanks to hectic lifestyles, conflicting advice, and rising health-care costs. WalletHub tries to at least narrow down the US cities where you might have the best chance for good health, looking at more than 170 of the most populated urban areas across more... More »

10 Worst US Cities to Call Home

California has 3 cities in the top 10, 2 for Hawaii

(Newser) - "While there is no such thing as the perfect city, the United States is full of places with few, if any, strengths." That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , at which a few California cities can now direct their ire. The website identified the 50 worst American cities... More »

8 Weird Super Bowl Bets

How long will Gladys sing? Will Romo predict a TD?

(Newser) - Sure, you can wager on whether the Patriots or the Rams will win the Super Bowl on Sunday, but where's the fun in that? All kinds of unusual "prop bets" also are available to gamblers. Here are eight from USA Today , CBS Sports , Fox News , and even Golf.... More »

Speed Is a Perk at America's Favorite Grocery Store

It also touts a 'rich private brand offering'

(Newser) - "Your neighborhood grocery store" is also your favorite, according to dunnhumby's second annual Retailer Preference Index . Some 7,000 US households were surveyed on 56 of the largest grocery stores to find out which have the top mix of financial performance and consumer emotional attachment. Consumers—who reported... More »

What's a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO's Top 10

Climate change, a pushback on vaccination, and dengue all make the list

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has a five-year plan—one that it hopes will help billions of people obtain universal health coverage, be taken care of in health emergencies, and enjoy better health overall. To that end, the WHO has whittled down the world's biggest health challenges, coming up with... More »

States With the Least-Skilled Drivers

You might want to take a defensive driving course in Big Sky Country

(Newser) - If you like the freedom of the open road, there are some states where you might want to take a defensive driving course first. In its assessment of the most dangerous states to drive in (New Mexico took that top "honor"), YourMechanic looked at a variety of factors,... More »

Most-Hated Firm in America Has 'String of PR Disasters'

Facebook really gets our goat, per 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The opposite of love may be indifference, but hate is what Americans harbor for the companies that annoy, enrage, and frustrate them. And those firms fall in a variety of sectors, per 24/7 Wall St ., which ranked the most loathed companies in the country based on consumer surveys, data from... More »

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