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Hold your hailing: AAA study finds using ride-sharing apps over twice the annual cost of car ownership

Hold your hailing: AAA study finds using ride-sharing apps over twice the annual cost of car ownershipThinking of ditching your car to save money now that you live in an urban area? Think again. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published Tuesday found that using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft instead of owning a car would cost over twice as much annually on average. The study, which analyzed over 240,000 single-rider trips in 20 urban areas across the country, found an average cost of $ 13.15 for 15.11 minutes that covered 6.66 miles. AAA also found that the average urban driver covers 10,841 miles per year, which would make for a total cost of $ 20,118 if ride-hailing was used for all of those miles.
MORE: Ohio senator wants to give car shoppers $ 3,500 to buy American-made cars “Whether you own a vehicle or not, ride-hailing services are a convenient transportation option,” said John Nielsen, a managing director at AAA. “However, with the average American city-dweller driving nearly 11,000 miles per year, a personal vehicle is still the more cost-effective choice. The average annual cost of owning a new vehicle (the costliest form of ownership), according to the AAA, rang in at an average of $ 7,321 annually, including car payments, insurance, fuel, and parking averaging anywhere from $ 706 in Phoenix to $ 8,088 in New York City. Interestingly, the study also included the average annual cost of ride-hailing over the same distance broken down by major metropolitan area, of which Boston was the most expensive at $ 27,545 per year, and Dallas was the least expensive, at $ 16,944. Eighteen other cities, from Atlanta to Seattle, were included in the results. Of course, it’s important to consider that ditching a car for city living would likely account for far fewer miles driven in a year, as public transportation, cycling, or even walking would reduce that total significantly. But if you were thinking Uber or Lyft was a convenient alternative to commuting with your own car, think again.



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Bernie Sanders calls study projecting trillion dollar costs for universal healthcare 'grossly misleading'

Bernie Sanders calls study projecting trillion dollar costs for universal healthcare 'grossly misleading'“This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program,” the veteran Vermont senator said. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University published the study earlier this week with projections on Mr Sanders’ single-payer health care program that guarantees health care coverage to all Americans. “Doubling all currently projected federal individual and corporate income tax collections would be insufficient to finance the added federal costs of the plan,” the study read in part.



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Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: study

Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: studyAmericans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world’s firearms, a new study said Monday. There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 percent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey. The survey, produced by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, says it bases its estimates based on multiple sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and survey results in 56 countries.



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Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warnsA study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.



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Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study finds

Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study findsHarvard admissions officers consistently rated Asian American students lower on “personal qualities” than students of other races, according to admissions data analysed as part of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the prestigious university. A study of 20 years’ worth of admissions data shows Asian American applicants to Harvard scored much better than all other racial groups on measures of academic merit, but worse on subjective analyses of their personal qualities completed by Harvard admissions staff. In fact, the study found Asian Americans had the lowest admission rate of any racial group between 2000 and 2019, despite having higher test scores than every other racial group over the two-decade period.



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Indonesian students fast, and study, during Ramadan

Indonesian students fast, and study, during RamadanFor students at one of Indonesia's oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn't only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.



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'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study

'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: studySome of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees — a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks — have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday. The baobab is the biggest and longest-living flowering tree, according to the research team.



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Study on hurricane casualties fuels talk of statehood for Puerto Rico

Study on hurricane casualties fuels talk of statehood for Puerto RicoCritics of the federal response to Maria, comparing it to the relief efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, believe it would have been more effective if the U.S. territory were a state with representation in Washington.



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Puerto Rican death toll from Hurricane Maria 73 times official tally: study

Puerto Rican death toll from Hurricane Maria 73 times official tally: studyMany residents subsequently left.A closer look at the Buckee calculation shows that while the researchers estimate 4,645 deaths, statistically there’s a 95 percent chance that the actual number could be as low as 793 and as high as 8,498. When the researchers tried to adjust for the fact that people living in single-person households couldn’t report their own death, they estimated 5,740 excess deaths, with a margin of error ranging from 1,506 and 9,889.The Buckee number is more than four times higher than a December estimate by the New York Times, which reported that the actual death toll was probably about 1,052 excess deaths based on data from the island’s vital statistics bureau and a comparison of deaths during a comparable period in the two previous years.



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First NASA lander to study Mars' interior launches from California

First NASA lander to study Mars' interior launches from CaliforniaThe Mars InSight probe lifted off from the central California coast at 4:05 a.m.PDT, treating early-rising residents across a wide swath of the state to the luminous pre-dawn spectacle of the first U.S. interplanetary spacecraft to be launched over the Pacific. The lander will be carried aloft for NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) atop a two-stage, 19-story Atlas 5 rocket from the fleet of United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.



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