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The income gap; The cost of hangovers; American women and gender discrimination; Thieves target livestock; Unemployed law school graduates; Worldwide military spending falls

The income gapThe average inflation-adjusted income for the top 10 percent of earners rose by $116,071 between 1966 and 2011. During the same 45-year period, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent grew by just $59.HuffingtonPost.com

The cost of hangoversAbsenteeism and poor job performance caused by hangovers cost U.S. companies as much as $148 billion each year. The only surefire remedy is abstinence, although drinking water or fruit juice can help.NBCNews.com

American women and gender discriminationMore than four in 10 American women say they’ve personally faced gender discrimination, most often at work. That figure is slightly higher than it was in 2000.The Wall Street Journal

Thieves target livestockHigher livestock prices have led to more rustling. In 2012, more than 10,400 cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, up from 7,600 in 2011.USA Today

Unemployed law school graduatesOnly 56 percent of law school students who graduated in 2012 have found stable, full-time jobs in the legal profession. Another 28 percent were underemployed, working either short-term or part-time jobs, or enrolled in another degree program.TheAtlantic.com

Worldwide military spending fallsGlobal defense spending fell by 0.5 percent to $1.75 trillion last year, marking the first annual decline since 1998. The U.S. still spends the largest fraction of this total and 69 percent more than it did in 2001, but its share of worldwide military spending has fallen below 40 percent for the first time since 1991.Economist.com

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