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Smoking trends, Missed votes

If current smoking trends continue, one billion people worldwide will die of tobacco-related illnesses this century, the World Health Organization reported. . . .

If current smoking trends continue, one billion people worldwide will die of tobacco-related illnesses this century, the World Health Organization reported. India and China now account for 40 percent of the world’s smokers. New York Daily News

John McCain has missed 57 percent of the Senate’s votes in the last year. Barack Obama has missed 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton has missed 27 percent. The candidates attribute missing so many votes to out-of-state campaigning, but a desire to avoid controversial issues also appears to have played a role.Associated Press

With warmer temperatures and less snow cutting into profits, the number of ski resorts in the U.S. has dropped from 727 in 1985 to 485 today.USA TodayThree months after Oklahoma passed a law cutting off all public benefits to illegal immigrants and making it a felony to “harbor, transport, conceal, or shelter” them, many of the state’s 100,000 illegals have fled.Chicago Tribune

As a result of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Greening the Capitol” campaign, the House cafeteria now serves hamburgers made from “humanely raised, antibiotic-free beef,” fair-trade and shade-grown coffee, “cage-free” chicken, and “rBGH-free” milk.Los Angeles Times

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