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The steady decline in the number of Americans who smoke has stalled, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For three years running, the percentage of Americans who smoke has remained 20.8 percent. Until 2004, it had dropped every year for 40 years. The Washington Post

About one in four of the nation’s homeless population is a veteran of the military, says the National Alliance to End Homelessness. On any given night, about 196,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets or in homeless shelters. The Philadelphia Inquirer

Of the 2 million soldiers the U.S. sent to fight in Europe in World War I, only one remains alive—Frank Buckles, 106, of West Virginia. “It kind of startles you,” he says of outliving all his comrades. The New York Times

The airlines expect 27 million people to fly during the 12 days of the extended Thanksgiving travel period, with planes about 90 percent full. They advise getting to the airport early. Associated Press

The tallest man in the U.S., according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is 7-foot-8 George Bell of Norfolk, Va. Bell, a sheriff’s deputy, played basketball in college and with the Harlem Globetrotters until he was 30, when he got bored and switched to law enforcement. Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.

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