Emma surpasses Emily
Emma ended Emily’s 12-year reign as the No. 1 baby name for girls in 2008, the Social Security Administration reported, while Jacob was the top boy’s name for the 10th straight year. For some reason, the name Barack moved up a record 10,126 spots on the list, to No. 2,409.
Associated Press

Cell phones gain over land lines
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that for the first time, more U.S. households have only cell phones—about 20 percent—than only land lines, at 17 percent. About 60 percent still have both, but the trend is clear.
San Jose Mercury News

Statue of Liberty's crown reopens
For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, visitors to the Statue of Liberty will soon be able to ascend the narrow, winding stairs to the crown. Starting July 4, park rangers will escort 30 visitors an hour up to the crown, where there are 25 windows overlooking New York Harbor.
New York Daily News

50-100 million animals a year
used for research
Between 50 million and 100 million animals are used every year for scientific and cosmetic research, according to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a British think tank.
The Economist

Surge in new citizenship
About 1 million immigrants became U.S. citizens last year—the largest one-year surge in history.
Los Angeles Times