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US Finally Regains the Jobs Lost in the Recession

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all 8.8 million private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. March 2014 job growth figures also signaled that stronger gains could lie ahead. -AP

   

No U.S. Forces Die in Afghanistan, First Month in Years

Thursday, April 03, 2014

No U.S. military forces died in Afghanistan during the month of March, marking the first such month in more than seven years and the third time since the war began more than 12 years ago, according to the CNN Library, which tallies the casualties.

   

U.K. Renewable Electricity Generation Rose 28 Percent in 2013

Sunday, March 30, 2014

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable power generation in the U.K. rose 28 percent in 2013 as more wind farms and solar plants came online. (Bloomberg)

   

Crime in Colombia is Lowest in 30 Years

Monday, March 24, 2014

Overall crime in Colombia has plunged to levels not seen in more than 30 years, thanks to the efforts of the country’s security forces. (Dialogo-Americas.com)

   

Brazil Slashes Extreme Poverty by 89% in a Decade

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Brazil has reduced the number of its citizens living in extreme poverty by 89% in the last 10 years through the Bolsa Família income support program, with 70% of recipients being the working poor who now buy products and bolster the economy.

   

Percentage of Californians Walking, Biking, or Using Transit Doubles Since 2000

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation has more than doubled since 2000 -- from 11 percent to 23 percent for the typical daily household trips.
(CA DOT survey)

   

US Factory Output Rose in Feb. by Most in 6 Months

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February 2014, surging 0.8 percent, the largest gain in six months, according to the Federal Reserve.

   

Sudan Lifts Ban on Opposition Newspaper

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Sudanese official said in late January the government has lifted a ban on an opposition newspaper, a week after Khartoum announced that it would hold a national dialogue to address freedom of expression. -AP


   

Measle Deaths Down 78 Percent

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Deaths from measles have dropped 78 percent since 2000 as global vaccination campaigns curb outbreaks of the pneumonia-causing disease, according to the World Health Organization. (Bloomberg)

   

Antibiotic Use in Children has Dropped

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

baby-in-diapersThe number of children taking antibiotics has decreased over the past decade  with fewer unnecessary prescriptions being written in every age group, according to a study in the March 2014 Pediatrics that examined the years 2000-2010. - American Academy of Pediatrics

   

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