One in nine homes is vacant
A record one in nine homes in the U.S. is now vacant. The 14 million houses, condominiums, and apartments that are empty are just as likely to be in suburbs and new subdivisions as inner cities, and many are priced at $500,000 or more.
Two-thirds of former prisoners are rearrested
About two-thirds of the people who leave prison in the U.S. are rearrested within three years.
Farmers slaughter more cows
Falling milk prices and reduced demand for butter and cheese have forced farmers to sell off hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to be slaughtered for meat. This year, 1.5 million of the nation’s 9.3 million dairy cows may go to the slaughterhouse.
Media coverage of Congress declines
The number of newspapers and other news outlets that have reporters covering Congress dropped from 564 in 1985 to 160 in 2007. Since last year, many newspapers have made further cuts to their Washington staffs.
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Carbon emissions keep growing
Despite widespread concern over global warming, humans are adding carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere even faster than in the 1990s. Carbon emissions are growing by 3.5 percent a year, and no part of the world has had a decline in emissions.