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Why children go missing, and more

The vast majority of children reported missing are not abducted by strangers.

Why children go missingOf all children reported missing in the U.S., 0.01 percent turn out to be abducted by strangers, or about 115 a year. The vast majority of children reported missing are taken by a family member (usually in a custody dispute), run away, or have gotten lost or injured.The Washington Post

False death certificatesAbout 30 percent of all death certificates fail to provide the true cause of death, according to a new study. Many physicians surveyed admitted identifying an inaccurate cause of death, either because they had to guess, or because the system they were using did not allow them to enter the true cause.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Big money for college sports coachesCollege sports coaches are the highest-paid state employees in 41 states, receiving checks that surpass the salaries of governors, university presidents, and doctors and lawyers working in state agencies. Deadspin.com

Americans are staying putThe percentage of Americans moving across state lines has halved since the early 1990s, to about 1.5 percent per year, says a new study from the Federal Reserve Board. The study’s authors theorize that people move less because they rarely switch jobs, choosing instead to hold on to the job they’ve got.The Washington Post

A budget surplus in 2015?In April, the federal government actually posted its biggest monthly budget surplus in five years, at $112.89 billion. Revenues are up 16 percent, or $220 billion, over the same period in 2012, and the independent Potomac Research Group says that if the economy picks up more speed, a combination of budget cuts already instituted and higher revenues might produce a federal budget surplus in 2015.NationalReview.com

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