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American foreign aid to Egypt, and more

The U.S. has been sending an average of $2 billion in cash and military arms to Egypt every year since 1979, when it agreed to a peace deal with Israel.

American foreign aid to EgyptEgypt gets more U.S. foreign aid than any other country except Israel. The U.S. has been sending an average of $2 billion in cash and military arms to Egypt every year since 1979, when it agreed to a peace deal with Israel.ProPublica.org

In Mideast, U.S. loses most troops to suicideFor the second year in a row, in 2010 the U.S. military lost more troops to suicide than in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 468 soldiers killed themselves in 2010. Congress.org

Whales return to waters off New York City Whales have returned to the waters just beyond New York harbor, thanks to cleaner waters and international bans on whale hunting. Cornell University professor Chris Clark estimates that as many as 50 fin whales now live just past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.New York Daily News

Steep rise in hospice and nursing home careFederal spending on hospice care tripled between 2000 and 2007, to more than $10 billion a year. Nursing homes and hospices are now among  the top 10 employers in 20 different states.Politico.com

A gender bias in Wikipedia’s entriesOnly 15 percent of Wikipedia’s hundreds of thousands of contributors are female. As a result, the site’s entries are distinctly skewed toward male interests: The biography of award-winning female author Pat Barker, for example, is three paragraphs long, whereas the article on Niko Bellic, a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, is five times as long.The New York Times

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