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Neither of the presidential candidates has ever served in the military.

A first for presidential candidatesFor the first time in U.S. history, neither of the two major presidential candidates has ever served in the military.The Washington Post 

The most expensive election everSo far, President Obama and Democratic groups supporting him have raised $450 million for the 2012 campaign. Mitt Romney and Republican groups backing him have raised $400 million. The two campaigns and Super PACs will together spend close to $2 billion—by far, the most expensive election ever.Associated Press

Afghan authorities fail to stem drug tradeOf the 375 tons of heroin grown for export in Afghanistan each year, only 3.5 percent is intercepted by Afghan authorities, according to the U.N.The New York Times

Disability benefit filings show cost of country's warsMilitary veterans are filing for disability benefits at a record rate. Of the 1.6 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 45 percent are seeking compensation for service-related injuries—compared with the estimated 21 percent who filed for disability benefits after the Gulf War in the 1990s.Associated Press

Blackmarket for human kidneys risesAs diabetes rates rise worldwide, so does the illegal trade in human kidneys. The World Health Organization estimates that 10,000 black-market operations a year are being performed in places like China, Pakistan, and India, as doctors transplant kidneys purchased from poor donors for as little as $5,000 into richer patients paying up to $200,000.The Guardian (U.K.)

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