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The rising cost of health care, and more

The average cost of health care for an American family of four insured through an employer is up 7.3 percent since last year.

The rising cost of health careThe average cost of health care for an American family of four insured through an employer is now $19,393—up 7.3 percent since last year.CNNMoney.com

The financial cost of war with LibyaSo far, the U.S. has spent $750 million on the war in Libya.Associated Press

Suicides by active-duty soldiersIn April, 25 U.S. active-duty soldiers committed suicide, almost half the number (51) that were killed in Afghanistan.Time.com

Piracy on the high seasDespite arrests and military action by Western nations, piracy on the high seas is up 177 percent this year, with 97 pirate attacks in the region of Somalia and 142 worldwide. At the moment, more than 480 people are being held hostage for ransom on more than four dozen ships in Somali waters.Bloomberg Businessweek

Religion and incomeIn a survey that correlated Americans’ incomes with their religious affiliations, Reform Jews emerged as the most affluent group, with 67 percent making more than $75,000. Hindus were second, with 65 percent at that income level, and Conservative Jews were third, with 57 percent. Pentecostals, Baptists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses were the least affluent, with less than 20 percent making $75,000.Pew Research Center

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