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Security after the Giffords shooting, and more

Since the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, congressmen and women are asking for local police to provide security for any public appearance.

Security after the Giffords shooting Since the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, congressmen and women are asking for local police to provide security for any public appearance. Some congressional staff members obtained permits and are now routinely armed.The Washington Post

WikiLeaks' run with The New York TimesThe New York Times has run stories based on documents obtained by WikiLeaks 54 times this year, or in 47 percent of its issues.TheAtlantic.com

Adoptions of Chinese babies drop sharplyU.S. adoptions of Chinese babies have fallen dramatically, from 7,903 in 2005 to 3,401 in 2010. China has made fewer children available for adoption, partly because of embarrassment that so many girl babies were being given away, and partly because prosperity has enabled parents to pay the fine for having a second child.The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tornadoes and mobile homesAbout half of all people killed by tornadoes live in mobile homes, which are ripped apart and sucked into the air because of their flimsy construction.The New York Times

Coast Guard ups the ante for boat passengersAcknowledging the ever-increasing girth of Americans, the Coast Guard has raised its weight estimate of the average boat passenger from 160 pounds to 185. That change will reduce the maximum passenger capacity of ferries and charter boats.Los Angeles Times

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