Numbers don't lie
August 13, 2014

New York is the unhappiest city in America, according to a recent study from researchers at Harvard and the University of British Columbia. New York City was joined by Gary, Indiana, and three cities from Pennsylvania — Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh — in the Top 5 unhappiest cities. The five happiest? They're all in one state. NBC's Brian Williams does the honors:

The economists who analyzed the CDC data — Harvard's Edward Glaeser and Oren Ziv, and Joshua Gottlieb at the Vancouver School of Economics — weren't trying to bum out New Yorkers or create a buzz-worthy listicle, they were trying to figure out something much more interesting: Why are some cities persistently unhappy, and why do people choose to live there anyway?

Their tentative answer to the second question is that "the desires for happiness and life satisfaction do not uniquely drive human ambitions," and "humans are quite understandably willing to sacrifice both happiness and life satisfaction if the price is right." People in New York and other "unhappy" cities are compensated for their "misery," the authors write, and the residents of Louisiana — plus Charlottesville, North Carolina; Naples, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota — should be glad they stay there:

If we choose only that which maximized our happiness, then individuals would presumably move to happier places until the point where rising rents and congestion eliminated the joys of that locale. ["Unhappy Cities," via Harvard Gazette]

How does your city stack up? Here's their map, from the paper "Unhappy Cities," published by the National Bureau for Economic Research. Blue is happy; red is sad. --Peter Weber

This just in
May 2, 2015
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Pre-race favorite American Pharoah proved a safe choice on Saturday night at Churchill Downs in Louisville, winning the 141st Kentucky Derby in impressive, down-to-the-wire fashion. Dortmund finished second, followed by Firing Line and Carpe Diem, Sports Illustrated reports.

American Pharoah was guided by jockey Victor Espinoza, who also won the Derby last year, atop California Chrome. Next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 16, the second stop in the quest for a Triple Crown, which was last won by Affirmed in 1978. Sarah Eberspacher

freddie gray
May 2, 2015

A march originally billed as a protest became a "victory rally" in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, The Associated Press reports. Thousands gathered and marched in celebration of Friday's announcement by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that 25-year-old Freddie Gray's death while in police custody was a homicide, and that six police officers involved would be charged with felonies. The six charged officers will appear in court later in May; a lawyer hired by the police union says Mosby made "an egregious rush to judgment" and that the officers did nothing wrong.

"It's going to be a long road," one marcher told AP. "Nothing is going to happen overnight." 

Below, images of those gathered in Baltimore. —Sarah Eberspacher

This just in
May 2, 2015
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Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly at age 47 on Friday night, his brother Robert Goldberg announced Saturday on Facebook.

"It's with incredible shock and sadness that I'm letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg…passed away suddenly last night," he wrote, as reported by Variety.

No cause of death was immediately announced. Goldberg founded LAUNCH Media Inc., in 1994, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2001. He came on board as CEO with SurveyMonkey in 2009. Goldberg met his wife Sheryl Sandberg in 1996, and the couple married in 2004. Sarah Eberspacher

Oh baby!
May 2, 2015

Kate Middleton and Prince William emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London on Saturday evening, after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple's second child and first daughter earlier that morning.

Prince William had brought his son Prince George to meet the newborn earlier on Saturday:

As for Queen Elizabeth, she attended a Saturday parade decked out in a pink suit, in honor of her new great-granddaughter. —Sarah Eberspacher

Really? Really.
May 2, 2015
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ESPN's Michelle Beadle and CNN's Rachel Nichols each announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon that Floyd Mayweather's camp had blocked their credentials for Saturday night's prizefight at MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

"No fight for me or @MichelleDBeadle. Mayweather's team told my producer the camp was blocking my credential," Nichols tweeted, adding in an additional tweet a link to the interview she conducted with Mayweather in September 2014, in which she questioned him about his history of domestic violence.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Saturday night's fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will earn the pair $400 million (with Mayweather receiving a larger cut) and betting on the fight is expected to pass $100 million.

Update: Mayweather PR representative Kelly Swanson refuted the claims, calling the report a "misunderstanding" and adding that neither Beadle nor Nichols had been banned. Read more on those updates over at Sports Illustrated. Sarah Eberspacher

This just in
May 2, 2015
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North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency reported on Saturday that authorities had arrested South Korean Joo Won-moon, 21, and charged him with illegally entering the country, according to The New York Times.

Joo has reportedly resided in New Jersey and holds a permanent resident status in the United States; the news agency said he is a student at New York University. A spokesman for NYU said a student called Won Moon Joo is listed as a junior at the Stern School of Business, but that he is not enrolled in classes and "the university was unaware of his travels."

The Korean Central News Agency reported that Joo was arrested on April 22 after he crossed the North Korean border via the Yalu River, which separates an area of China from the hermit kingdom. South Korean officials did not immediately confirm or deny the report. Sarah Eberspacher

outer space
May 2, 2015
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Some 500 light years away from Earth, a "puffed up" planet is orbiting around a star — HATS-6 — that has researchers at the Australian National University thoroughly intrigued.

"(The planet) must have formed further out and migrated in, but our theories can't explain how this happened," astronomer George Zhou told CNN. "The planet has a similar mass to Saturn, but its radius is similar to Jupiter, so it's quite a puffed up planet."

The discovery — outlined in a study published in The Astronomical Journal — came about after researchers noticed that HATS-6's light dimmed periodically, suggesting something was moving between the star and Earth. Now that astronomers have confirmed the existence of the planet, they still want to answer questions about how such a large planet managed to form from such a small star. Astronomers have theorized that planets form from leftover gas and dust existing in a disc around stars, but HATS-6 is so small it would have had very little leftover material. Sarah Eberspacher

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