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Birthers swamp Hawaii with requests, and more

Every week, the state of Hawaii still receives 10 to 20 Freedom of Information requests from “birthers” demanding proof that Barack Obama was actually born in the state.

Birthers swamp Hawaii with requestsEvery week, the state of Hawaii still receives 10 to 20 Freedom of Information requests from “birthers” demanding proof that Barack Obama was actually born in the state. State legislators are considering a bill that would allow agencies to ignore “vexatious requesters.”Associated Press

FBI to engage in social networkingThe FBI and other law-enforcement agencies are now setting up Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts under aliases to solicit information about or directly from suspects.The Boston Globe

Polluted water's high death tollA lack of clean water is killing 1.8 million children under 5 each year, according to a new U.N. report. More people die from polluted water than from all wars and other violence. MSNBC.com

Abortion, private health insurance, and MedicaidAbout 87 percent of all private insurance policies cover abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. But only 13 percent of abortions are paid for by insurance, because most women who get them have no insurance or are on Medicaid.The Wall Street Journal

Households with three generations on the rise Some 6.6 million U.S. households include at least three generations, a 30 percent increase since 2000. The poor job market has pushed millions of “boomerang kids” to move back with their parents after college.Associated Press

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