Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are twice as likely to be living on the streetsthan other Americans, a new study found.

The study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs says that from October 2009 to September 2010, an astounding 144,842 veterans were homeless for at least one night.

“This is unacceptable and we’re committed to fixing the problem,” a Housing and Urban Development spokesman said.

The problem is most rampant in California, which leads the country with 25 percent of the homeless veteran population.

The hacker collective known as Anonymous released a video statement recently, warning Los Zetas — one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels — that it would release identities of its collaborators and names of its money-laundering fronts if the syndicate did not return a kidnapped member of the group to his home.

The alleged accomplices are taxi drivers, journalists, and police officers — referred to in the video as “police-zetas” — who Anonymous claims are working with the cartel, or against “honest authorities like the army and the navy.”

“We can´t defend ourselves with a weapon,” the statement goes on to say, “but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession…It won´t be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are.”

The video appears to set November 4th as the last date for compliance with the ultimatum.

Austin-based global intelligence company Stratfor warns that Anonymous may be in over its head, and any publication of names would “most certainly” result in bloodshed.

The Zetas have a well-documented history of attacking online critics.

However, retired DEA international operations chief Mike Vigil calls the statement “a gutsy move,” and says the Zetas should take Anonymous seriously. “By publishing the names, they identify them to rivals,” he says, “and trust me, they will go after them.”

I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people. Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

Heartwarming Tearjerker: Redditor bbilbay asked the Reddit community if they would be so kind as to cheer up his daughter and her best friend, who had recently been diagnosed with leukemia, by photoshopping “something pretty or fun” into the background of this photo of them together.

The outpouring, to say the least, has been incredibleamazingbreathtaking,phenomenaland so much more.

First Look: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie | EW.com

Coming to you in both 3D and black and white.

Yes! Although I’ve seen something big like this looming for a while now, Lana Del Rey has now officially signed on with Interscope Records. According to Billboard, Del Rey is Interscope’s newest signee, and the label will release her ‘first’ album early next year (in January). Her new single “Born to Die” is due to premiere next month, and a music video has already been shot with Yoann Lemoine, who helmed Katy Perry’s brilliant “Teenage Dream” visual, Taylor Swift’s “Back to December”, and Yelle’s “Ce Jeu”. Mark my words. Lana Del Rey will be huge.

Obvious Conclusion: The rumors were true: $10 million, an E! television extravaganza, and 72 days later, Kim Kardashian has confirmed to Ryan Seacrest that she will file for divorce from husband Kris Humphries.

Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Kim K has listed the date of separation as today, according to TMZ.

The New York Post estimated that the Kardashian empire and wedding show producer Ryan Seacrest managed to rake in some $18 million from the short-lived matrimony.

This is Kim’s second failed marriage — she was previously hitched to music producer Damon Thomas. Meanwhile, same-sex marriage is destroying the sanctity of blah blah blah.

Milestone: Danica May Camacho, born just before midnight last night at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, was symbolically chosen by the United Nations to represent the seven billionth baby born on Earth.

Though the UN named October 31st Seven Billion Day, some groups questioned the accuracy of the estimate, saying the seven billionth baby will more likely be born next year.

Matej Gaspar of Croatia and the family of 12-year-old Adnan Nevic of Bosnia Herzogovina — the fifth and sixth billionth babies, respectively — have voiced complaints that the UN celebrated their births, only to ignore them in the years since.

“We saw Kofi Annan as almost like a godfather to him,” says Jasminko, Adnan’s father. “He held me up when I was two days old but since then we have heard nothing from them.”

Weather changes mean more dead zones for Lake Erie
The lake has the highest levels of phosphorous contamination in 40 years, creating ideal conditions for algae blooms.

Tune in Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EST for a live panel discussion from Washington, D.C., part of the 2011 GreenGov Symposium. Dr. Heidi Cullen, MNN Board of Advisors member and director of communications and senior research scientist for Climate Central, will moderate a discussion featuring members of the Obama administration who will discuss clean power, energy security, green fleets and more.

Do you have a question for the panel? Submit your question today at contact@mnn.com and please tell us your first name and location.

Tune in here!

With Halloween here, I thought I would share 10 scary things about how we eat in America. Who needs ghosts, ghouls and monsters for a fright when you have these statistics?

1. More than 1 billion tons of pesticide products are used each year in the United States alone, many of which are directly sprayed on our food. Pesticides have been linked to a variety of cancers and higher rates of birth defects.
2. Americans spend more than $100 billion on fast food each year.
3. The average teenage boy in the U.S. gets 10 percent of his daily calories from soda.
4. We now have more than double the rate of obesity in American children compared to the 1970s.
5. Obesity increased in 16 states last year and didn’t decrease in any state.
6. Another 2.6 people fell below the poverty level last year. This often directly affects their ability to buy healthy food.
8. We consume an average of 156 pounds of sugar every year.
9. Up to 10 billion donuts are consumed each year in the U.S. alone.
10. Genetically modified foods are found in up to 80 percent of our packaged foods in the U.S. A Russian study concluded that after three generations of eating GM feed, hamsters lost their ability to reproduce and some even had a rare disorder of hair growing in their mouths. I find that disturbing.
Let’s work towards better stats in the coming year with lower pesticide use, lower obesity rates, less dependence on fast foods and sugary foods, and better labeling for GMOs in our food supply.

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