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The Death Of The American Nuclear Family

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According to Chris Porter, manager at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, back in the 1960s, there were 23.5 million households made up of parents and children. In 2010, that number was 23.6 million.

In that same 50 year span, according to the Census Bureau, the total number of households rose from 53 million to 116.7 million.

The total number of households has more than doubled - but the number of households made up of parents and children hasn't changed in 50 years.

Traditional family units aren't the majority of our households anymore. What is driving this huge change in household demographics?

According to the John Burns group, the answer is a combination of evolving social norms and the lingering effects of the Great Recession.


US: National Institutes of Health Backed Study Examined Effects of Penis Size in Gay Community

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The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man's penis size has on his sex life and general well-being.

The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health that have come under scrutiny from a group claiming the agency is wasting valuable tax dollars at a time when the country is trying to control its debt. This particular research resulted in a 2009 report titled, "The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men."

The study reported, among its findings, that gay men with "below average penises" were more likely to assume a "bottom" sexual position, while those with "above average penises" were more likely to assume a "top" sexual position. Those with average penises identified themselves as "versatile" in the bedroom.

Though it's difficult to trace exactly how much federal funding went to the project, the study was one of many linked to an $899,769 grant in 2006. The grant was administered by NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse, and went first to a group called Public Health Solutions and a researcher with the National Development and Research Institutes before going to individual researchers.

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US, Washington: Weldon Gilbert Gets to Watch His Homemade Child Porn in Jail

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In today's installment of Great Moral Dilemmas of the Day, we take you to the Pierce County jail in Washington state, where 47-year-old Weldon Marc Gilbert is being allowed to watch child porn. In 2007, police raided the former pilot's home in Lake Tapps...

That's where they found Gilbert's massive collection of child porn. Police say there were hundreds of homemade tapes and DVDs Gilbert shot that featured kids being raped and molested.

He's already been convicted on federal charges, but he still faces states charges from Washington. And either because he's broke and can't afford a lawyer -- or more likely because the evidence says he's a lock to be lit up again -- he's decided to defend himself this time around.

So because he's acting as his own lawyer, he gets full access to the evidence against him. Which means that as he prepares for trail, a private room as been set up in the jail where Gilbert can watch the full 30-hour archives of his own child porn collection.


US, Georgia: Woodstock man arrested, teen allegedly bound, gagged, set on fire

Joseph Raymond Zeock
A 61-year-old man has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery, cruelty to children, false imprisonment, and solicitation of sodomy after he set a 17-year-old boy on fire in Woodstock.

Joseph Raymond Zeock was arrested at the All Around Suites on Medlock Bridge Road in Norcross at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after a concerned citizen recognized Zeock from a news broadcast.

On July 12, investigators responded to Grady Hospital in reference to a person injured.

Investigators met with a 17-year-old who stated that, Joseph Raymond Zeock, had set him on fire, according to reports.

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US: Washington State Woman Tried to Sell 3-Day-Old Baby at Taco Bell; Desperate Mom Wanted $500-$5,000: Cops

A desperate Washington state mom tried to sell her newborn baby to a customer at a roadside Taco Bell, authorities said.

Heidi Lynn Knowles, 36, appeared before a judge Monday to face charges she tried to peddle her 3-day-old boy to a woman who was eating at the fast food joint in Vancouver, Wash., last Thursday.

Cops said Knowles asked for bids between $500 and $5,000, KOIN television reported.

She was arrested at a nearby motel after the woman she approached called 911.

Deputies said she seemed drunk or high at the time of the bust though Knowles told them she'd been clean from methamphetamine for a year.


US: Flash Mob Robberies Not A Rare Occurrence in DC

Similar robbery occurred 2 weeks ago at GTown shop

Caught on tape. A brazen robbery occurred in broad daylight at a Dupont Circle men's store. These daytime hold ups are going on more often than you might think.

Surveillance video from the G-Star Raw store on Connecticut Avenue on Monday shows more than a dozen teenagers rushing in, overwhelming customers and employees. They ended up walking away with more than $20,000 dollars worth of merchandise.

This bold type of criminal activity happens quite a bit. It has happened several times at the Georgetown Tee's store in Georgetown.

The store owner says about two weeks ago at around 2 p.m., about 20 to 25 young people came into the store and lined up in the area of where all the Georgetown University merchandise was. They immediately started grabbing items, putting them in their shirts and jackets or stuffing them in their pants. Then they tried to leave the store.


Euro-Christian Fundamentalist Breivik Confesses to Mass Murder

 Anders Behring Breivik
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Norwegian terrorist suspect Anders Behring Breivik has made a confession to involvement in the armed attack on Utoeya Island that left 87 people dead, Oslo police say.

On Saturday, during an interrogation by the Oslo police, Breivik confessed to firing weapons on July 22 on Utoeya Island, which is located near the Norwegian capital.

On the same day, a massive bomb explosion rocked government headquarters in Oslo, killing seven people and leaving at least 15 others injured.

Breivik is also a suspect in that incident.

The death toll in the two attacks is currently 94, but it could rise higher since some people are still missing in the Utoeya Island attack and others in critical condition in hospital could die.

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Norway: Youth Camp Just Endorsed Palestinian State

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store
© ReutersAUF WANT BOYCOTT: Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store was met by demands that Norway must recognize a Palestinian state when he visited the Labour Youth League summer camp at Utøya Thursday. Here the Minister ushered around in the camp of the AUF leader Eskil Pedersen.

The Foreign Minister was met with claims that Norway must recognize a Palestinian state when he visited the Labour Youth League summer camp Thursday.

During the second day of Labour Youth League summer camp at Utøya got the Labour Party's young hopefuls visit by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

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New York, US: Flower Girl, 8, Found Dead; Mom Unconscious

© Victor Alcorn Police Detectives investigate a possible murder/attempted suicide in Plainview, L.I.
Plainview - An 8-year-old who was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding Saturday was found dead in her home, and her mother was found unconscious by her side in a possible suicide attempt, Nassau County police said.

The little girl was believed to have cerebral palsy, and there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body, said Lt. Kevin Smith. She lived in the basement apartment with her mother and father, who was not at home when the bodies were discovered, police said. The girl's grandmother owned the tan, two-story brick house in Plainview, on New York's Long Island, and lived upstairs, police said.

Smith said it's not clear exactly what happened to the girl, and the death is under investigation. The 31-year-old mother was found with a cord wrapped around her neck, and was hospitalized in stable condition, police said. Smith said she was alert and conscious.

It's not clear how long the pair had been in the basement during the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. The grandmother went downstairs to check on them, and found them. She called for another male relative, who tried to resuscitate the girl, and also tried to help the mother.


Smart ALEC: Why Are Corporations Writing State Law?

Thanks to ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), corporations like EXXON and Koch Industries can buy the ability to co-author state laws in their favor. So this is the cost of democracy. But who ultimately pays the highest price? Keith gets shocking detail from The Nation's John Nichols, who's been covering ALEC extensively.