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Freeing the falsely convicted, and more

More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the past 23 years.

Freeing the falsely convictedMore than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the past 23 years, according to a new archive compiled by two law schools. The most common causes of erroneous convictions were false testimony, mistaken eyewitness identification, and the planting of guns and drugs by police.Associated Press

The growth of senoir workersOne in nine American men over the age of 75 is working. More than a third of men ages 65 to 69 hold jobs, as do more than a quarter of women that age. Economists say the 2008 economic meltdown is fueling the unprecedented growth of senior workers, many of whom lost big chunks of their retirement savings or home values.The New York Times

Nonwhite births surpass white birthsFor the first time, more than half of U.S.-born babies are now black, Hispanic, Asian, or members of some other ethnic or racial group considered minorities, according to new census figures. Of the roughly 4 million babies born between July 2010 and July 2011, 50.4 percent were nonwhites. Births among whites of European ancestry, meanwhile, dropped 10 percent in that 12-month period.The Wall Street Journal

Get ready for a hot summerAbout three fourths of the U.S. will be hotter than average this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts. Droughts are likely to plague the Southwest, West, and Northwest.USA Today

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