Record set for Beatles lyric sheet
The original lyrics to the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” handwritten by John Lennon, sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.2 million. That beats the previous record for a Beatles lyric sheet, “All You Need Is Love,” which five years ago sold for $1 million.
The cost of raising a child
The total cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 is $222,360 for middle-income parents, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s 22 percent higher than the 1960 cost, adjusted for inflation.
Los Angeles Times
Size of new single-family homes shrinks
For the first time in decades, the average size of a new single-family home in the U.S. shrank last year—to 2,422 square feet, a decrease of 51 feet. In the Northeast, new houses shrank by more than 200 square feet.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Haiti's private medical sector survive?
With international aid agencies providing post-earthquake medical care in Haiti for free, privately run Haitian hospitals and clinics are failing. “Health care is free now,” said one physician. “And so, unless something changes, the private Haitian medical sector will not be able to survive.”
The Dallas Morning News
Iraq's war-related mental illnesses
After eight years of war, bombings, and brutal sectarian violence, Iraq’s civilian population is now suffering an epidemic of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses, health officials there say. But there are only 100 psychiatrists to serve a population of 30 million.
The Washington Post