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Contrary to widespread belief, it's no harder to climb the economic ladder now than a generation ago. But the study did find that moving up that ladder is still a lot harder in the United States than in other developed countries.

The data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. The rules around when a retailer is required to tell you that your data got into the hands of fraudsters vary state by state.

Latin American immigrants have different attitudes towards homosexuality than do their U.S.-born children according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Steve Inskeep speaks with Victoria Cobb of The Family Foundation about her group's opposition to the move.

The "Charismatic" movement involves worshipping with exuberance, miraculous healings, prophesying and establishing a personal connection with God — and the number of converts is growing. According to a recent survey by NPR, about one-third of Latino Catholics in the U.S. identify as "Charismatic."

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.

After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach compromised credit card data of at least 70 million American consumers, the banking and retail industries are coming to a consensus to move away from the swipe and signature system to the much more secure chip and PIN process available around the world.

The Olympic sport of curling is a combination of bowling, bocce ball, billiards and chess — all on ice, and with some sweeping involved. NPR's Tamara Keith spent some time learning how to curl, and put together this cheat sheet.

The British National Archives is posting 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries online. The personal accounts provide new insight into the lives of the troops who fought the war that began 100 years ago. "Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sight of battle and war," reads one entry.

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