Democrats won 21 of the 24 House races where billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s political action committees spent more than $41 million in the closing days of the campaign. Of those, 12 were considered either toss-ups or Republican-leaning districts.
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The U.S. abortion rate has dropped to the lowest level on record, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 188 abortions for every 1,000 live births in 2015, a 26 percent decline from 2005. Experts say better access to more effective contraception, such as IUDs and implants, and restrictive laws in some states are driving the continuing decline.
A third of America’s nuclear power plants could be taken offline in the next several years, with competition from natural gas driving down energy prices and making nuclear power a money loser. Nuclear power currently generates 20 percent of the country’s electricity. Replacing the electricity produced by a single nuclear reactor would require building more than 800 average-size wind turbines or 15.8 million solar panels.
Hospitalizations for amphetamine use increased 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, compared with a 45 percent increase for other drugs, including opioids. More than 10,000 people died from meth-related overdoses last year.