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January 8, 2014

U.S. Military reports two helicopter crashes in as many days

  • Yesterday A U.S. military helicopter crashed on the eastern coast of England, killing all four of the crew members on-board, during a low-level training exercise taking place near RAF Station Lakenheath.
  • Today A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia. Though it was originally believed all five of the air transport’s crew members were alive and accounted for, updated reports have confirmed one crew member died several hours after being rescued and that another is still missing at this time. The military has yet to identify a cause for either crash at this time.

Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the post to reflect the latest information on Wednesday’s crash, and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day. — Scott @ SFB

15:45 // 7 months ago

Early numbers reveal marijuana is pretty popular in Colorado

  • $5M was spent on recreational marijuana during the first week of sales in Colorado, according to the 37 dispensaries currently operating inside the state, including more than $1 million in sales on January 1. State officials expect cannabis sales to generate an estimated $70 million in tax revenue this year, with more than $25 million already allocated for the construction of new schools. source
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January 1, 2014

U.S. Census data shows lowest population growth since the 1930’s

  • 1.2% was the annual growth rate for the U.S. population during the 1990’s, ten years of almost non-stop economic expansion for the nation.
  • 0.7% is the estimated growth rate for 2013, bringing us to an estimated 317, 297,938 U.S. residents as of January 1, 2014. For those keeping score at home, that’s the lowest our national growth rate has been since the Great Depression.
18:51 // 8 months ago
Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

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