f the 4,000 U.S soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq, more than half, 52 percent, were killed by roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices, while only 16 percent were killed by enemy gunfire. Five percent died in aircraft crashes. Almost one in five died from what the military terms “non-hostile” causes.
Life expectancy in the U.S. is rising, but so is the longevity gap between rich and poor. In the early 1980s, the most affluent Americans could expect to live 2.8 years longer than the poorest (75.8 years instead of 73). By 2000, the difference in life expectancy had increased to 4.5 years (79.2 instead of 74.7).
The New York Times
Seventy of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties last year were in the South and Southwest, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. Twenty-two were in the West, eight were in the Midwest, and none were in the Northeast.
The Indianapolis Star
Only 75 percent of U.S. children complete secondary school, a figure lower than in Norway (100 percent), Germany (99 percent), South Korea (96 percent), Russia (87 percent), and Italy (81 percent).
The Boston Globe
There are currently more than 900,000 names on the federal government’s primary terrorist “watch” list, and that number is expected to reach 1 million by this summer.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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