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War's aftermath, Airport screening, Disappearing cell phones

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from depression, combat trauma, and other problems have been charged with committing 121 homicides in the U.S. More than half the killings involved guns, and the rest were stabbings. . .

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from depression, combat trauma, and other problems have been charged with committing 121 homicides in the U.S. More than half the killings involved guns, and the rest were stabbings, beatings, strangulations, and bathtub drownings, often of family members. “Ah boy, the amount of heartbreak involved in all of this,” said Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.The New York Times

Airport security screeners seize about 1,000 hidden guns and about 1 million knives a year from passengers who either forget they’re carrying them or try to smuggle them to another location. Screeners have also found a baby alligator hidden in a traveler’s pants, a boa constrictor in a shoe, and numerous tarantulas. USA Today The nation’s health-care costs rose by 6.7 percent to more than $2 trillion last year. Americans now spend an average of $7,026 on health care per person every year.Los Angeles Times

As of 2005, Americans had stashed away more than 500 million old cell phones in drawers, never to be used again. The New York Times Magazine

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