▪ America’s obesity epidemic has reached a new peak. A record 40 percent of adults and about 20 percent of adolescents are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In total, about 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese.
▪ An epidemic of anxiety and depression is affecting American teenagers. In 1985, 18 percent of incoming college freshmen said they “felt overwhelmed by all I had to do” the previous year. By last year, that number had surged to 41 percent. Hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers have doubled over the past decade.
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▪ A “Welcome to Key West” sign that went missing during Hurricane Irma has been found 300 miles away, in Fort Myers Beach.
▪ President Trump’s reelection campaign spent more than $1 million on legal fees between July 1 and Sept. 30—nearly double the total spent during the previous quarter. The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have now made more than $2 million this year in payments to law firms and to lawyers representing the president and his family in the Russia investigations being pursued by special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees.
▪ Crime in Japan has become so rare that police often have nothing to do. In 2015, there was just one gun homicide. Firearms are virtually illegal there.
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