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About one out of three U.S. dollars sent to Iraq in aid winds up in the pockets of corrupt officials or Sunni and Shiite militias, say U.S. officials. Another $18 billion in Iraqi government funds has also disappeared. . . .

About one out of three U.S. dollars sent to Iraq in aid winds up in the pockets of corrupt officials or Sunni and Shiite militias, say U.S. officials. Another $18 billion in Iraqi government funds has also disappeared. “Everyone is stealing from the state,” said Shiite tribal leader Adel Adel al-Subihawi. “It’s a very large meal, and everyone wants to eat.”
The New York Times

The average American’s radiation exposure has doubled since 1980, largely because of the booming use of CT scans. CT scans save thousands of lives by detecting cancer and heart disease, but a person who receives two scans is bathed in as much radiation as if he stood two miles from ground zero at Hiroshima.
The New England Journal of Medicine

The warming climate has wreaked havoc on the fashion industry, which times the release of new lines to the once-predictable changing of the seasons. After two years of delayed falls and winters, apparel companies are hiring climatologists to help them better plan the shipment of seasonal garments to stores.
The New York Times

As many as 10,000 cars submerged by Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters have been refurbished and sold to unsuspecting buyers in Bolivia. Loose import rules have made the country a popular outlet for castoff and stolen goods.
Associated Press

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