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Australia has been ranked as the happiest industrialized nation on earth for the third straight year.

Happy AustraliansAustralia has been ranked as the happiest industrialized nation on earth for the third straight year. Sweden came in second, Canada third, and the U.S. sixth in the quality-of-life rankings, which are judged on employment, income, environment, and health.The Wall Street Journal

Going hungry in the U.S.Although the U.S. is overall the richest nation in the world, 24 percent of Americans say they have had trouble putting food on the table in the past 12 months—up from 16 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession began. In Australia, Canada, and Germany, only 10 percent said they had trouble getting food last year.Pew Research Center

Scientists predict tough hurricane seasonFederal scientists predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with seven to 11 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes. That’s nearly double the normal hurricane activity.USA Today

Colorado River drought gets worseThe drought that reduced the flow of the Colorado River last year has worsened, with its reservoirs—Lake Mead and Lake Powell—headed toward 45 percent capacity, the lowest level since 1968. The Colorado provides water to 40 million people in the Southwest and California. Los Angeles Times

Beware of online ticket scalpingUp to 60 percent of tickets for concerts and theater events are being snapped up by computer programs, or “bots,” many of them run out of India and Russia. The tickets are then resold online at sizable premiums. The New York Times

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