Hurricane Irma descends on the Caribbean islands.
NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via Reuters
Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
Red Cross volunteers registered evacuees from Houston’s storm damage.
There are reasons to channel Harvey aid through the nonprofit despite evidence that it wasted money following Haiti's earthquake and fumbled Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it.
Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882
The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders' gains are slowly lost.
The 16th U.S. president has graced the penny since 1909.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
It may cost more to make a penny than a penny’s worth, but a penny saved may be more than a penny earned.
Who has the upper hand in this battle?
As we struggle to avoid temptations throughout the day, we often rely on willpower and self-control to back impulses. New research suggests a different way to think about this internal battle.
Have telescopes, will travel: English astronomers await an 1871 eclipse in India.
The Illustrated London News, 1872
For centuries, scientists have known when and where eclipses will be visible. They pack their bags, head for the line of totality and hope for the best – which doesn't always happen.
Social smoking is just as bad on your heart as regular smoking, a new study suggests.
California Department of Health Services
About one in 10 Americans say they sometimes smoke, often in social settings. Many think it's not so bad for them. A new study has some scary findings, when it comes to matters of the heart.
Withdrawing cash from an ATM can cost you if you’re not careful.
Global travelers are being increasingly asked if they want to pay for local purchases in terms of their home country currency. Here's why you should resist the strong temptation to do so.
Members of Patriotic Millionaires, whose privileged members advocate for higher taxes on the rich, met with lawmakers in this 2015 photo to discuss legislation to close the carried interest loophole.
When the wealthy become unlikely allies in the fight against inequality, they often take similar steps. It all starts with acknowledging their own privileges.
Years from now, she’ll probably be ready to part with her photo assistant.
Most Americans cling to things with sentimental value that we no longer need. Taking pictures of these possessions may make it easier to give them away.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen heads one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world.
Randal Quarles, the president's first nominee to the Federal Reserve's board of governors, has argued the bank should use rules to make decisions. But could such a shift prove disastrous in a crisis?
President Donald Trump.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
Ohio is fighting to hold drug companies accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic.
The state of Ohio filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. Will their legal arguments hold up in court – and what will it mean for other cities and states going after big pharma?
The share of fireworks being used for professional displays like this one at the Capitol last year is falling.
Every American shoots off almost a pound of fireworks a year, on average, and their growing personal use is causing injuries to climb.
Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
Billionaire Warren Buffett says he drinks five Cokes a day.
AP Photo/Nati Harnik
There's an assumption that the poor eat more unhealthy fast food because it's relatively cheap, leading some governments to try limit their access. Two researchers tested that assumption.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 3, 2012.
AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo
Hawaii was the last state to join the Union. It didn’t happen without a lot of political dealmaking.
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If it came down to buying a trip or a keepsake, which should you choose?
Finding a well-run veterans’ charity isn’t hard with some due dilligence.
Some veterans' charities make the most of their donors' dollars, while others squander that money. Vetting these groups will help ensure your money is well-spent.
Will the next director ensure everyone is counted?
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John Thompson was more than just another Washington bean counter. His resignation may affect which party controls Congress after 2020.