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Applications to begin Social Security retirement payments are up 23 percent this year.

Social Security applications up by 23 percentApplications to begin Social Security retirement payments are up 23 percent this year, driven by people in their 60s filing for benefits because they’ve lost their jobs. The Boston Globe

Ankle monitors for drunken driversMore than 15,000 people in 48 states convicted of drunken driving have been ordered to wear a monitor on their ankle that can detect even trace amounts of alcohol in sweat. The device is worn 24 hours a day to enforce a court-ordered abstinence period of one to two years.The Washington Post

Qaddafi’s translator collapsesShouting, “I can’t take it anymore,” a Libyan translator collapsed 75 minutes into Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi’s rambling and incoherent 95-minute speech to the United Nations last week. A U.N. translator had to pick up the speech, in which Qaddafi demanded that Switzerland be dismantled and said swine flu had been engineered by drug companies to sell vaccines. New York Post

Drivers in West Virginia most likely to hit deerThe state where motorists are most likely to hit a deer is West Virginia, where one in every 39 drivers had such a collision last year. The rural state, which has 1 million deer and just 1.8 million people, “is 100 percent deer habitat,” explained one West Virginia official.Associated Press

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