The government's poor track record
Over the past 10 years, 94 percent of large federal information technology projects were unsuccessful, according to a study by the research firm the Standish Group. More than half of them were either delayed or over budget, or fell short of user expectations. More than 41 percent failed completely.
The New York Times

The UN targets asteroids
The United Nations agreed to set up an “International Asteroid Warning Group” to share information with member nations if astronomers spot a deadly, earthbound asteroid. The U.N. said it would help coordinate a mission to deflect the asteroid by flying a spaceship into it.
ScientificAmerican.com

The popularity of JFK
Dozens of new books on John F. Kennedy are being published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on Nov. 22. Since 1963, there have been more than 40,000 books published on JFK.
The New York Times

Gunshot wounds in minors
About 500 children and teenagers die in U.S. hospitals every year from gunshot wounds, and another 7,500 arrive injured by gunshots—totals that have climbed by more than 60 percent over a decade. Most of these shootings involve handguns.
NBCNews.com

Screen time for babies
Almost 40 percent of American babies under age 2 now use a smartphone or tablet before they can speak full sentences, a new survey found. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged 2 and under should have no screen time at all.
NYMag.com