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The costs of prolonged exposure to combat, and more

In a historical first, more U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental-health disorders last year (17,538) than for battle wounds or other injuries (11,156).

The costs of prolonged exposure to combatIn a historical first, more U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental-health disorders last year (17,538) than for battle wounds or other injuries (11,156). The Pentagon blamed “prolonged exposure to combat,” resulting from soldiers’ multiple deployments in nine straight years of war. USA Today

Stacks of books about Barack Based on Amazon.com listings, there are 1,782 books about Barack Obama, his 16-month-old presidency, and his family. Bill Clinton, who served for eight years, is the subject of 1,324 books.Gawker.com

Laura Bush supports of gay marriageSixteen months after leaving the White House, former First Lady Laura Bush says she supports gay marriage and that its legalization is inevitable. “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has,” said Bush, whose husband endorsed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in every state. CNN.com

Tourism suffers in ArizonaArizona tourism officials say 23 conventions and other events have already been canceled in protest of the state’s strict new immigration law.  The Washington Post

How members of Congress save money About 40 members of Congress sleep on cots or mattresses in their Capitol Hill offices. “I think that this reinforces the fact that I live in the district,” said Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.). Office sleepers say they also save more than $50,000 a year on Washington rents.  Associated Press

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