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Terrorist inmates in Federal prisons, and more

There are now more inmates convicted of terrorism in Federal prisons than there are detainees at Guantánamo.

Terrorist inmates in Federal prisonsFederal prisons hold 362 inmates convicted of terrorism, including 269 with connections to international terrorist groups. By comparison, only 171 detainees remain at Guantánamo. The New York Times

Arrests at Mexican border plungeArrests of illegal immigrants at the Mexican border have plunged to 327,600 in fiscal 2011, the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president. With many Mexican workers returning home because of the poor U.S. economy, the net migration is now “essentially zero,” said Jeffrey Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center. The Washington Post

Buildings' design evokes 9/11Families of 9/11 victims say a design for a pair of high-rise buildings in Seoul cruelly evokes the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, with a “cloud” of jumbled blocks coming out of each tower. “It looks just like the towers imploding,” said Jim Riches, the father of a fireman who died there. The Dutch firm that designed the buildings—due to be completed in 2015—said no association with the twin towers was intended.New York Daily News

Americans increasingly choose cremationCremation is now chosen over burial in 41 percent of American deaths, up from 15 percent in 1985. The increase is being driven partly by a desire to save on funeral expenses, since a typical cremation costs about $1,500, while a traditional casket, wake, and burial usually exceed $10,000.The New York Times

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