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Fewer couples file for divorce, and more

Hard economic times have produced a major drop in the number of people filing for divorce.

Fewer couples file for divorceHard economic times have produced a major drop in the number of people filing for divorce, for the simple reason that people can’t afford to split up their households. In an industry survey, lawyers estimated that the number of divorce cases had dropped 40 percent this year. The Wall Street Journal 

25 percent of drivers will be 65 or older by 2025Some 15 percent of drivers in the U.S. are 65 or older, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports. But thanks to the coming “gray wave” of baby boomers, by 2025 that figure will jump to 25 percent. USA Today

Mississippi has nation's highest obesity rateIn Mississippi, nearly one in three adults is obese—the nation’s highest obesity rate. In 1991, no state had more than a 20 percent obesity rate. Today, the only state that doesn’t is Colorado, at 18.9 percent.Associated Press

Women own twice as many shoes as menThe average American man owns seven pairs of shoes, while the average woman owns 15.USA Today

States may repeal blue laws to make moneyIn desperate need of tax revenues due to the recession, several states that now ban alcohol sales on Sunday—including Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Alabama—are debating whether their so-called blue laws should be repealed.Time

Congresss's many caucusesThe 435 lawmakers in Congress belong to a total of 250 caucuses devoted to special issues, including the Songwriters Caucus; the Bourbon Caucus; the Motorcycle Caucus; and the Caucus on Qatari-American Economic Strategic Defense, Cultural, and Educational Partnership.The New York Times

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