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6 States With Most Mental Illness

West Virginians especially struggle with it

(Newser) - Nearly 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness within any one year, and 24/7 Wall St. outlines the 12 states that have the largest adult populations struggling with various forms of mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder. To come up with this ranking, the site examined surveys administered... More »

America Is Getting Another National Animal

Bald eagles, make way for the bison

(Newser) - The bald eagle's 234-year reign as the sole symbolic animal of the US is about to come to an end. The National Bison Legacy Act passed by Congress—and expected to pass the Senate next week, per CNN —denotes the bison as America's national mammal and a... More »

UK Warns Its LGBT Citizens About Trips to US

Advisory notes new anti-gay laws in NC, Miss.

(Newser) - The rest of the world is taking notice of recent laws passed in the US, specifically new anti-gay measures implemented in North Carolina and Mississippi . And in the UK, citizens are actually being warned to stay vigilant while traveling across the pond. Per the Independent , Britain's Foreign Office has... More »

Fidel Castro Tells Obama He Can Keep His 'Presents'

Ex-Cuban leader writes scathing letter that attacks US, Spaniards—even Obama's age

(Newser) - No one expected President Obama to meet with Fidel Castro during his historic visit to Cuba last week. But while Obama was chatting up and taking in a baseball game with brother Raul Castro, the 89-year-old former revolutionary was penning what the AP calls a "long, bristling letter."... More »

'El Chapo' Wants Extradition Because He Can't Sleep: Lawyer

Attorney says Joaquin Guzman wants to come to US because jailers are torturing him

(Newser) - A lawyer for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday his client now wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at a Mexican maximum-security prison won't let him sleep, the AP reports. Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez, who told Radio Formula... More »

America's 6 Most Sleep-Deprived States

Hurray for South Dakota—but put on some coffee for Hawaii

(Newser) - While that old rule of thumb of getting eight hours of sleep seems to be constantly updated, the CDC has settled on recommending that adults ages 18-60 get at least seven hours to stay as healthy as possible—and notes if you deprive yourself of that precious shut-eye, you could... More »

Body, Cash Found on US Jet Impounded in Zimbabwe

Apparent stowaway's arm severed, blood spattered across fuselage

(Newser) - Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a US-registered cargo jet, a senior official said Monday, after a body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board Sunday. The Herald, a state-run newspaper, reported that the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa... More »

Twitter Shows Canadians Really Are More Polite

Canadians use words like 'great,' while Americans use words like [expletive]

(Newser) - Two Canadian linguists and a whole bunch of tweets just proved something many Americans already assumed about their neighbors to the north: They're by and large much nicer. Or as Vox puts it: "It is a generally assumed principle, much like the sun rising in the east or... More »

China Fumes as US Hawks $1.8B in Weapons to Taiwan

It says transaction 'severely' damages China's sovereignty

(Newser) - The US stands by the "one-China" policy, but that doesn't mean it can't sell weapons directly to Taiwan, citing ithe Taiwan Relations Act to ensure Taiwan can adequately defend itself—and China isn't happy about it. The Obama administration announced a $1.8 billion arms package... More »

CEO: Pfizer Leaving US Is Good for ... US

Freed-up cash from tax savings could be reinvested back into US: Ian Read

(Newser) - It may seem antithetical that the largest US drugmaker taking off for Ireland would actually prove beneficial to the US, but that's exactly what the CEO of Pfizer is saying after Monday's announcement of its estimated $160 billion "inversion" deal with Allergan, creating the world's biggest... More »

US to Send Special Ops to Syria

Officials describe 'shift' in fight against ISIS

(Newser) - All week there's been buzz that the White House was mulling whether to send ground troops to Syria to combat ISIS. Now it looks like it's a done deal. An anonymous senior US official says there will be an announcement Friday that the US will send a small... More »

US Won't Budge on One Key Point as Syria Talks Begin

US, allies want Assad gone from Syria—and want Russia, Iran on board

(Newser) - Talks designed to seek peace in Syria began Friday in Vienna, and this time there's a new player involved in the negotiations: Iran, Bashar al-Assad's No. 1 ally, Reuters notes. "Those who tried to resolve the Syrian crisis have come to the conclusion that without Iran being... More »

10 Best Cities for Families

A city in Kansas tops the list (and one in Mississsippi brings up the rear)

(Newser) - Everyone wants the best for their families, and picking a place to live is usually among the top priorities. WalletHub has tried to make this task easier for you by comparing the 150 most populous cities in the US based on five categories: home affordability, education and child care, health... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

US-Canada Dispute Over 2 Islands Could Get Violent

Lobstermen feud over disputed, and lucrative, territory

(Newser) - This might be news to Americans who don't make their living catching lobsters, but the US and Canada have been arguing for decades now over who owns two islands in the Atlantic between Maine and New Brunswick. They're called Machias Seal and North Rock, and the islands themselves... More »

This Is the Most 'American' State

New slogan: 'It's as American as Iowa'?

(Newser) - America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but Iowans are a little freer and braver than the rest of us, apparently. In what the Des Moines Register calls a "totally unscientific study," Estately ranks the 50 states on "Americaness." It... More »

After 7-Year Slide, US Birth Rate Rebounds

As teen birth rate hits historic low, falling 9%

(Newser) - American women are having more babies after years of holding off since the beginning of the recession in 2007. The US birth rate saw a small 1% jump from 2013 to 2014, with 3.98 million births—the highest number since 2010, USA Today reports. The CDC data shows older... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

Cuba Frees 53 Political Prisoners

The deal is part of agreement between US and Castro

(Newser) - Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the US said today. The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the US agreement last month... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

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