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Online readership and ads overtake newspapers

(Charles Osgood/Chicago Tribune)

For the first time, online readership and advertising revenue has surpassed that of print newspapers.

Online advertising revenue in the United States is projected to overtake print newspaper ad revenue in 2010, according to the latest report, the State of the News Media, from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The study also found that more people — 46 percent of Americans surveyed — said they get news online at least three times a week, versus 40 percent who said they get their news from newspapers and their companion websites. Get the full story »

Study: Web users willing to pay for some things

The Web may seem like the land of something for nothing. Free video. Free news. Even free tools such as word processing and spreadsheets.

But almost two-thirds of adult Internet users in the U.S. have paid for access to at least one of these intangible items online, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Get the full story »

Poll: Americans support extending tax cuts

As the Senate gears up for a key vote on the package to extend tax cuts, polls released Monday showed that the American people, regardless of political party or persuasion, strongly favored the agreement hammered out by the Obama administration and Republicans.

According to the latest poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 60 percent of those questioned said they favored the agreement, which has been attacked by House liberals and Senate conservatives. About 22 percent said they disapproved. Political support is about even, with 63 percent of Democrats saying they back it, as do 62 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents.

Illinois named worst state for retirement

Plenty of folks are aware of the best states for retirees. But what are the 10 worst states in which to spend your golden years?

People of Illinois, California, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nevada — you probably already know the answer. The list, with Illinois leading the pack, comes from website

According to John Brady, president of, the 10 states earn this dubious distinction largely because of three factors: fiscal health, taxation and climate. Get the full story »