Injuries caused by firearms
Every day, an average of 20 American children are hospitalized for injuries caused by firearms, a new study found. Another 3,000 die every year before they get to the emergency room. For people ages 15 to 19, firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle crashes.
Sexual assaults in prison
Corrections officers are responsible for about half the sexual assaults in prisons, a new Justice Department study found. Authorities dismiss about 90 percent of inmate allegations of sex abuse as “unsubstantiated.”
Age of mothers at first birth rises
The average age of a U.S. mother at first birth has risen consistently, and in 2012 reached 25.8 years old, up from 25.6 years in 2011 and about 21 in 1970. At the same time, about 12.5 percent of women ages 25 to 44 have sought medical help to become pregnant.
The Wall Street Journal
The price of propane soars
An unusually cold winter has caused the average retail price for propane to soar to $4.30 per gallon, nearly double the former record. About 6 million American homes rely on propane for heating, and many have turned thermostats way down to conserve fuel.
The Washington Post
Books draw fewer readers
Fewer Americans are reading books. A new Pew Research Center poll found that 23 percent of adults did not read a single book last year, up from 16 percent in 1990 and 8 percent in 1978.