Good day for: Norwegians, as Norway retained its status as the world's most desirable country in which to live, according to U.N. data. released on Monday, which ranks sub-Saharan African states afflicted by war and HIV/AIDS as the least attractive places. A person in Norway makes about $85 for every dollar earned by a resident of Niger, one of the countries with the lowest living standards. Life expectancy in Norway is about 30 years longer than in Niger, where people can expect to live 50 years. (Reuters)
Bad day for: Foodies, as Conde Nast Publications is closing Gourmet, the nation's oldest food magazine, due to a severe advertising slump. The company also will close three other titles, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, and parenting magazine Cookie. Gourmet -- launched in 1941 as "the magazine of good living" -- had nearly a million subscribers. "We're all stunned, sad," Gourmet's editor, Ruth Reichl, posted on Twitter. (Associated Press)
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