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Data Dive: What $30 trillion will get you

If you add up the value of every house on every street in every town in the United States, you come up with a very big number -- $29.6 trillion, to be exact.

Congress remains overwhelmingly Christian as U.S. shifts -survey

WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress taking office on Tuesday remains almost as overwhelmingly Christian as it was in the 1960s even while the share of American adults who call themselves Christians has dropped, according to Pew Research Center analysis.

Last-minute spending surge lifts U.S. holiday shopping season

CHICAGO A jump in consumer spending in the final stretch of December significantly offset a slow start to the U.S. holiday shopping season, and is likely to help many retailers beat sales forecasts, industry research groups said on Tuesday.

Data Dive: Your sad, workaholic life

While our retirement accounts are running on fumes and the majority of us can't pull together enough cash to pay for an emergency expense, there is one area where Americans excel at saving: their vacation days.

U.S. existing home sales rise to near 10-year high

WASHINGTON U.S. home resales unexpectedly rose in November, reaching their highest level in nearly 10 years, likely as buyers rushed into the market to lock in mortgage rates in anticipation of further increases in borrowing costs.

Data Dive: If there is a war on Christmas, Christmas is winning

Christmas: Not just for Christians anymore. Some 81 percent of non-Christians in the United States celebrate the holiday, according to the Pew Research Group. This would include 76 percent of Asian-American Buddhists and 73 percent of Hindus. About 32 percent of U.S. Jews have a Christmas trees in their homes.