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150 Favorite American Structures; Empire State Building Tops the List

A survey of Americans' favorite 150 buildings and structures placed the Empire State Building at the top spot, followed by the White House No. 2, the Golden Gate Bridge No.5, the U.S. Capitol No.6 and Chrysler Building in New York No.9, reports WSJ. 

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Top 10 Super Bowl Ads;  Peak Traffic Down 62% from Last Year

Peak Web traffic during the game was down more than 62% this Super Bowl compared with last year for 21 of the total 35 marketers in the game, according to Akamai Technologies. Last year, viewership during the game peaked at about 750,000 visitors a minute, according to Akamai, but this year's peak was just 282,000 a minute.

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U.N. Panel 90% Certain Global Warming is Man-Made

A UN panel of 2,500 scientists from more than 130 nations said it was "very likely" -- or more than 90% probable -- that human activities led by burning fossil fuels explained most of the warming in the past 50 years. The scientists predicted more droughts, heatwaves, rains and a slow gain in sea levels that could last for more than 1,000 years.

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U.S. Set to Overtake France for No.1 Position in the $117 billion Global Wine Market 

Global wine consumption over the next five years would grow by 9% in market value to $117 billion from $107 billion in 2005, according to a study commissioned by the organizers of the VinExpo trade fair, reports Reuters. The U.S. will overtake France by 2010 as the world's largest wine market, according to the study.

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Super Bowl Economy: Marketers Spent $1.72 billion for 11 Hours of Ads Over the Past 20 Years

Advertising during the Super Bowl game has accounted for 682 minutes (over 11 hours) of commercial time throughout the past 20 years (1987-2006), representing 221 different advertisers, more than 1,400 commercial announcements,  and translate into $1.72 billion of ad sales, according to TNS Media Intelligence.

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American Kids Consume More Than 40% of the Worldwide Toys

A recent book, The Real Toy Story starts off reminding us how toys inspire love and help children develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. But the rest of the book paints the industry as a shiny apple that is practically rotten to the core, writes USA Today. Here are just some interesting facts on the U.S. toy market. 

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Super Bowl Economy: 2.5 million HDTVs; $800M Lost Wages; $8.7B Total Spend

More Americans plan to take advantage of retailers’ promotions of HDTVs for Super Bowl as 2.5 million are expected to purchase a new television for Super Bowl Sunday, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association’s (RAMA) 2007 Super Bowl Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. 

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Super Bowl XLI Could Cost Employers Over $800 million 

In the week leading up to the Super Bowl XLI in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, February 4, the amount in lost wages could exceed $810 million, according to an estimate by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  

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Macua Tops Las Vegas; Gaming Revenue Set to Double to $11.5B by 2010

Macau, a city of 450,000 , the former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999, has overtaken Las Vegas as the world's No. 1 gambling market with $6.485 billion gaming revenue from January through November 2006, compared to Las Vegas' $6.079 billion. 

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Migration 2006: Americans Go Southeast and West; North Carolina Top Destination

In 2006 more Americans packed up their belongings and headed to the West and Southeast, while the Central Northeast experienced an increase in residents departing, according to United Van Lines' "2006 Migration Study"

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