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Diet sodas are going back out of style. After four years of outselling Pepsi, Diet Coke is back in the No. 3 slot for top sodas in the U.S., according to the latest industry data, and other sugar-free brands are also dropping quickly. Overall, the number...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Hayley Munguia | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Queries is a recurring feature that ventures beyond the headlines by presenting discussions with researchers that put new scientific findings in perspective. These discussions examine the backstory behind the latest studies, ask how new research fits...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Christie Aschwanden | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana declared a public health emergency Thursday over an outbreak of H.I.V. in the southeastern part of the state. He also did something fairly surprising for a traditionally tough-on-drugs Republican, authorizing a 30-day program...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Anna Maria Barry-Jester | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The U.S. economy is starting to create more good-paying jobs. But the middle class is still lagging behind in both job growth and wages. New data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday showed that a wide range of jobs grew quickly in...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Why did Harry Reid pick Chuck Schumer over Dick Durbin, another member of the Democratic leadership, to succeed him as the party’s leader in the Senate? From a statistical standpoint, three numbers jump out. First, Schumer and Reid have very similar...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Usually the countries that dominate international sports competitions are the ones more populated than New Zealand, which has just 4.6 million people. Yet the island nation is competing, and winning, in a whole range of sports. Its next task: winning...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The first half of the Sweet 16 is in the books, and the favorites answered any early round questions with a vengeance. Each higher seed won, with the biggest favorite doing its best impression of the UConn women’s basketball team: It took just under...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Benjamin Morris | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Sen. Harry Reid’s announcement Friday that he won’t seek re-election wasn’t a total surprise. Reid is 75 and recently suffered a severe eye injury, and his Democrats lost its majority in the Senate last year, reducing his role to minority leader....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Nate Silver | Friday, March 27, 2015
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In the wake of their dominating victory over West Virginia Thursday night, the Kentucky Wildcats have achieved a fairly remarkable distinction according to our March Madness predictions: They’re now more likely to go undefeated than not. Our latest...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Friday, March 27, 2015
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No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, had Tommy John surgery. A week later, promising Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler was under the knife. Those...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Rob Arthur | Friday, March 27, 2015
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If the Germanwings crash was the result of a deliberate act on the part of the plane’s co-pilot, as French authorities think, it would join a disturbing list of pilot suicides and suspected suicides, including the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Friday, March 27, 2015
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe. Fewer than 5 percent Percentage of AWOL members of the military who received a court-martial...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Hillary Clinton is probably going to run for president, and she’s probably going to be the Democratic nominee in 2016. Both those things are likely. But let’s say Clinton falters — some major scandal comes to light, or she has health problems....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Friday, March 27, 2015
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House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi achieved a rare feat of cooperation on Thursday when they corralled their respective parties to fix an entitlement program. The bill changes how physicians are reimbursed under Medicare,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Andrew Flowers | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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As any die-hard soccer fan will tell you, the biggest “football” matchup of 2015 wasn’t that game in February between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. It was Sunday’s El Clasico, the game played at least a couple of times each...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Benjamin Morris | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Will Ferrell is having a big week. On Tuesday, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and on Friday, his new film with Kevin Hart, “Get Hard,” comes out. The guy has been a major force in comedy since emerging on “Saturday Night Live”...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe. 5-yard penalty The NFL has approved a New England Patriots-inspired penalty that makes it illegal...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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If you’re nostalgic for the days when Gonzaga was a reliable source of March Madness upsets, look to the women’s tournament. As a No. 11 seed, the Bulldogs are making an unlikely run, having already knocked off No. 6 George Washington and No. 3 Oregon...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Half the Final Four will be set by the end of day Saturday, and it’s a very good bet one of the schools left standing will be named “Kentucky.” As for the other, the battle between Wisconsin and Arizona for the right to emerge out of the West is...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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