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- Model exchange faces security breach (Allison Bell, Life Health Pro) Connecticut may have one of the best run HIX (health insurance exchange) in the country but that hasn’t prevented an employee of a contractor involved in running the exchange from accidentally leaving a backpack containing hundreds of users’ names and personal data in a Hartford deli.
- Marijuana playing larger role in fatal crashes (Matt Schmitz and Cris Woodyard, USA Today) Columbia University, examining the toxicology reports from almost 24,000 cases, found that marijuana contributed to 12 percent of traffic fatalities in 2010, triple the percentage from a decade earlier. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found 4 percent of drivers are high during the day and more than 6 percent are high at night.
- Personal Income Tax Revenues Show Significant Softening in the Fourth Quarter of 2013 (Lucy Dadayan and Donald J. Boyd, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government) Hat tip to Mike Shedlock. Fourth quarter 2013 personal income taxes collected by the states indicate a weakening economy and preliminary figures for the first quarter of 2014 show that trend continuing with possible declines in income tax collections.
- Male faces ‘buttressed against punches’ by evolution (Jonathan Webb, BBC) It has long been a hypothesis that human facial structure evolved for efficiency in eating a hunter-gatherer diet. But new research suggests that the differences between facial structure for men and women are derived from evolutionary development in men to favor faces that could better withstand being hit. Violence could have been a factor guiding our appearance today.
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