Stats of our lives
December 21, 2011

$4,155
The amount a typical American household will have spent on gas for their cars in 2011, a record

8.4
Percent of a typical American family's annual income that is spent on gas

30
Years since gas last took that big of a bite out of a family's budget

Sources: CNBC, MSN The Week Staff

Breaking news
12:57 a.m. ET
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Early Wednesday, plainclothes Swiss police quietly entered the tony Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, picked hotel room keys, and arrested several members of FIFA's executive committee on U.S. corruption charges being unsealed in federal court later Wednesday. Soccer's governing world body has gathered in Zurich for FIFa's annual meeting, and while FIFA's powerful longitme president, Sepp Blatter, isn't among the more than 10 FIFA officials indicted, the arrests are a blow to his tenure. Blatter is expected to be elected to a fifth term on Friday

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and IRS criminal division head Richard Weber will be in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to announce the charges on Wednesday morning, The Wall Street Journal reports, underlining the high profile of the charges. "We're struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did," one law enforcement official told The New York Times. "It seems like this corruption was institutionalized."

Among those indicted are two vice presidents of the secretive executive committee, Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, plus Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, a former exectutive committee member. Peter Weber

Late Night Antics
12:45 a.m. ET

Armed with pudding pops and ugly patterned sweaters, Amy Schumer defended Bill Cosby against rape allegations the best way she could on Inside Amy Schumer: by telling a jury in the Court of Public Opinion that Cosby "probably can't get in any legal trouble," and it's really about "not punishing ourselves for loving great comedy." Pushing the nostalgia angle hard, Schumer showed the jury a clip of The Cosby Show and then asked, "Did anybody feel raped by that? How about drugged? I felt comforted by a familiar father figure." Watch the video all the way to the end to see how Schumer handles receiving a gift from her client. —Catherine Garcia

honors
May 26, 2015

Writer Flannery O'Connor will be honored with a Forever postage stamp, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.

The stamp for 3-ounce packages will debut on June 5 and feature peacock feathers, the Los Angeles Times reports, a nod to the fact that O'Connor raised peacocks on her family's farm in Georgia. O'Connor was born in Savannah in 1925, and wrote Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor won a 1972 National Book Award for fiction, and was named the Best of the National Book Awards 1950-2008 by a public vote.

O'Connor, who died in 1964 at the age of 39, primarily wrote in the Southern Gothic style. According to her autobiographer, Brad Gooch, "O'Connor said that modern writers must often tell 'perverse' stories to 'shock' a morally blind world. 'It requires considerable courage,' she concluded, 'not to turn away from the story-teller.'" Catherine Garcia

Quotables
May 26, 2015
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The Vatican's top diplomat said on Tuesday that the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland is a "defeat for humanity."

At a news conference in Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state and second to the pope in the Holy See's hierarchy, said he was "deeply saddened by the result" of the vote. "The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelization," he added.

After Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote last week, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin made a less inflammatory statement, saying, "It is very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people... [then the church needs] a reality check." The Guardian points out that Pope Francis has also referred to something as a "defeat for humanity," but in the pontiff's case, he was talking about war. Catherine Garcia

Emails
May 26, 2015
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In a court filing, the State Department proposed posting online large bundles of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state every 60 days, starting on June 30.

"The department will strive to produce as many documents as possible on each production date, and will file a status report one week after each production to inform the court of the number of pages posted," Justice Department lawyers wrote. "The department is keenly aware of the intense public interest in the documents and wants to get releasable materials out as soon as possible."

The State Department last week proposed that it have until January to produce the bulk of the emails, but U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered they release the emails on a rolling basis. The department said it will get every email out by January, Politico reports, but hopes to get them all released before then. Catherine Garcia

scary
May 26, 2015

A bomb threat made by an anonymous caller on Tuesday targeted EVA Air Flight 12 as it flew from Taipei to Los Angeles.

After it landed safely at around 3:30 p.m., the plane was directed to a secure area reserved for planes that are experiencing problems, CBS Los Angeles reports. At about 5:30 p.m., passengers began to get off the plane and were driven away in buses. FBI agents, Homeland Security officials, and Los Angeles Police Department officers are all on the scene, and in a statement, the FBI said that "all threats, regardless of known credibility, are taken seriously."

On Monday, at least six anonymous calls were placed threatening international flights as they headed to airports in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Authorities said those threats, which were not credible, could have been made by the same source, but did not say if there is a connection to the threat made against the EVA flight. Catherine Garcia

that's not good
May 26, 2015
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A new study published in the journal BMJ has found that women who take birth control pills that use newer types of the progestin hormone have three times the risk of developing blood clots compared with women not taking the oral contraceptive.

Blood clots have been a known risk of taking the pill since the 1990s. Drugmakers have been changing the progesterone levels of the pill since it was first introduced in 1960 in order to lower side effects like weight gain and acne. Those tweaks could be the reason why the risk of blood clots went up, considering that the scientists adjusted for factors like cancer, varicose veins, smoking, and obesity on the risk of blood clots, and the link between newer contraceptives and an increased risk of blood clots remained high, Time reports.

"Our study suggests that the newer contraceptives have a higher risk of [blood clots] than the older agents," Yana Vinogradova, research fellow at the University of Nottingham and lead for the study, told Time. "While [blood clots] are a relatively rare problem, they are serious and potentially avoidable with the appropriate drug choice. Doctors need to consider all health issues when prescribing contraceptives, selecting a drug type associated with the lowest risk for patients with particular susceptibilities." Catherine Garcia

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