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Software engineers outnumber farmers, and more

More than 1 million people are trying to make a living writing apps and other software.

Software engineers outnumber farmersAmerica now has more computer software engineers than farmers. More than 1 million people are trying to make a living writing apps and other software.The New York Times

Army suicides hit record highArmy suicides have hit a record high, with 166 active-duty soldiers suspected of taking their own lives so far this year. The problem has grown so severe that the Army ordered a service-wide “stand-down” in September, requiring soldiers to put aside their usual duties and discuss suicide prevention. Associated Press

Limited tax deductions to hit Californians the hardestIf tax deductions are limited to raise more federal revenue, it will hit California taxpayers the hardest. On average, Californians claim the biggest share of tax deductions in the nation—$33,901 in 2010—mostly due to high mortgage deductions. The national average deduction in 2010 for those who itemized was $26,112.The Wall Street Journal

A failing electrical gridThe U.S. electrical grid is so old and prone to failure that, even without a devastating storm like Hurricane Sandy, some 500,000 Americans lose electricity for at least two hours every single day.Washington Monthly

Most cities now have anti-smoking lawsLaws prohibiting smoking in bars, restaurants, and workplaces are now on the books in 30 of the 50 largest U.S. cities. In 2000, only one city—San Jose—had such a ban.The Hill

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