Facts & Trends

Cost of War

$6 trillion - Upper estimate of the cost to the U.S. of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ...
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Online education

Police arrested a New Hampshire man who posted 35 videos on YouTube explaining how to grow marijuana at home.  Kyle Berry didn’t appear in the videos, but authorities said his reflection could be seen in one of the tutorials.  “He’s ...
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The Oldest Person In The World

The oldest person in the world, JeraleanTalley of Michigan, turned 116 last week.  The two oldest persons ever known to science, Sarah Knauss of Pennsylvania and Jeanne Calment of France, reached 119 and 122, respectively ...
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Average American Income

The average American's income declined almost 1 percent in 2014, to $64,432.The income of the poorest fifth of the population fell by 3.5 percent, to $9,818, while the income of the wealthiest fifth rose by nearly 1 percent, to $166,048 ...
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Bad week for:

Special deliveries, after a Florida postal worker exposed potentially lethal security flaws in Washington by flying his gyrocopter over the city and landing on the Capitol lawn.  “At no point did I feel it was not a good idea,” said ...
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Melanoma

The rate of U.S. diagnoses for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has doubled in the past 30 years, from 11.2 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100,000 in 2011, according to a Centers for ...
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DANGEROUS COMBOS

There were 2.5 million emergency-room visits related to drug use in 2011—half for illegal drugs and half for misused medication. A third of patients had taken two or more substances: multiple drugs or drugs and alcohol ...
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Synchronicity

Twin sisters Erica and Tashina Ackley, 22, who found out they were pregnant on the same day, gave birth just hours apart in the same Maine hospital. “We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the ...
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The Murder Of Land

"In America today you can murder land for private profit.  You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops." - Paul Brooks ...
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Bad week for:

Self-awareness, after Donald Trump attacked conservative pundits George Will, Jonah Goldberg, and Stephen Hayes for mocking his Republican presidential candidacy, calling them “boring” and “dumb as a rock” and their publications “dying.”  Said Trump: “The weakness of conservatives is that ...
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