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The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be starting to get back on track for some.
A designer who has dyslexia has created a font to avoid confusion and add clarity. And two English researchers are making a dictionary that favors meaning over the alphabet.
The first of 888,246 ceramic poppies — one for each soldier from Britain and its colonies who died — was planted Aug. 5 at the Tower of London; the last today. The site has had 4 million visitors.
Rates of colorectal cancer have dropped nation, thanks largely to better screening. But people who don't have access to health care are more likely to miss out on screening, and face increased risk.
Unemployment rates for veterans, both men and women, who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan is still relatively high. But companies like Wal-Mart, Uber, and Starbucks are putting great effort into their recruiting and hiring vets.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is no stranger to the military's training programs. Having served as Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, he's now on the Starbucks board.
"There’s transition training that the troops have to go through," Gates says. "More and more employers are actually going on to bases to meet with military people who are facing transition out of the military."
There are many steps the military is taking to help give young people a smooth transition over to the civilian workforce, Gates says, and many employers are being a lot more aggressive in providing guidance for vets, as well.
"I know that the ideas at Starbucks came from a couple of people in the management chain who had been in the military," he says. "I think it’s actually been self-generated often in these companies by young veterans who have been hired and then are telling their own management 'you guys need to get more involved.'"
When Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to place a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping, he set off alarm bells.