Stats of our lives
February 5, 2013

$818
Cost to the average American commuter, in wasted fuel and time, of sitting in traffic in 2011

5.5 billion
Extra hours that commuters spend on the road each year due to traffic

56 billion
Extra pounds of carbon dioxide released into the air each year as a result of idling in traffic

Source: The Associated Press Samantha Rollins

Quotables
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On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met with about 30 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Brooklyn, New York, headquarters of the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, and he raised some eyebrows with his thoughts on foreign policy. He criticized the decision by George W. Bush to invade Iraq, arguing that Iran has become more powerful without Saddam Hussein, and declared President Obama's topping of Moammar Qadhafi an "utter disaster," The New York Times reports.

"It was a mistake to topple Hussein," Paul told the largely Democratic gathering, adding that along with strengthening Iran, "each time we topple a secular dictator, I think we wind up with chaos, and radical Islam seems to rise." He insisted he is "not an isolationist," and gave partial backing to Obama's nuclear deal with Iran: "The interim agreement that we are under now, while not perfect, is better than no agreement and no inspections."

Paul's meeting with the Jewish leaders was generally positive, even very positive, but not everybody was impressed. "Clearly Sen. Paul does not pander," Michael Fragin, a Republican radio host, tells The Times. "Telling this audience that the Middle East was better off with Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qadhafi in power shocked me. It was a rambling and incoherent expression of foreign policy that puts him closer to Bernie Sanders than anyone in the GOP." Peter Weber

nepal earthquake
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In the days since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday and killed more than 4,300 people, dozens of aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude and greater have hit as well, and the U.S. Geological Survey warns that there is a better than 50-50 chance of another 6.0 quake or higher taking place in the next week and the next month.

The USGS forecast is based on where the earthquake took place — in this case, a deep boundary between colliding continental plates, NPR reports. It released stress that had been building up for 150 years, triggering smaller quakes near the epicenter. "What's happening, particularly for these more remote aftershocks, is they are striking on the neighboring faults," Ross Stein, scientist emeritus at the USGS, told NPR, "and those neighboring faults could rupture in subsequent large earthquakes."

There is a 1-2 percent chance that in the next few years an aftershock more powerful than than Saturday's quake could strike the area. "It's kind of a cruel part of aftershocks that we cannot depend on them getting smaller," Stein said. "They just get less and less frequent with time." Catherine Garcia

Quotables
12:04 a.m. ET
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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a news conference late Monday night that 15 police officers were injured, six seriously, earlier in the day, although their injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

The officers were hit by flying debris, including rocks, bottles, and sticks. "This is not protesting, this is not your First Amendment rights," he said. "This is criminal acts." He added he was "disappointed in the fact the damage has been done to these communities" and "disappointed we cannot be more responsible." He said the violence is embarrassing to the "beautiful" city of Baltimore, and asked that parents "take control of your kids." Catherine Garcia

Fires
April 27, 2015

In East Baltimore on Monday night, a community center and senior housing complex still under construction went up in flames, and authorities say they do not know if it is linked to the rioting across the city.

A spokesman for the mayor's office told WBAL-TV that the fire destroyed the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, which is run by a community-based organization that supports youth and families. Firefighters arrived at the three-alarm fire at 8:49 p.m., and the flames were visible from blocks away. About 60 members of the Southern Baptist Church located across the street watched as the fire engulfed the structures, many sobbing and asking aloud how this could happen.

The project consisted of the community center and about 60 affordable housing units for senior citizens, and has been in development since 2006, The Baltimore Sun reports. The center was to be used for events, educational programs, and employment training. Catherine Garcia

RIP
April 27, 2015
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Jayne Meadows, the award-winning actress and TV personality who often appeared alongside her husband Steve Allen, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Encino, California. She was 95.

Meadows was born in China while her parents were missionaries, and she started in show business more than six decades ago, People reports. Meadows performed on Broadway stages, starred in movies, and was a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret. She also won the Susan B. Anthony Award for her one-woman show, Powerful Women in History. Meadows was married to Allen for 46 years until his death in 2000. She was also the sister of the late Audrey Meadows, who starred as Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners.

In an email to Entertainment Tonight, her son, Bill, wrote, "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in once scene, but she was the greatest story teller I have ever known and I will miss her endlessly fascinating and frequently hilarious anecdotes about her life and the many brilliantly talented people she worked with and befriended along the way." Catherine Garcia

happening now
April 27, 2015

During a news conference Monday night, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he declared a state of emergency at the request of Baltimore officials, adding that he did not make the decision "lightly," as the "National Guard represents the last resort."

Hogan said the people of Baltimore "deserve peace and safety in their community," and the state will "not tolerate" the "roving gangs" who are to blame for the violence. The governor said he is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and is requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, with Maryland National Guard Adjutant Gen. Linda Singh stressing during the news conference that it is "not martial law."

Once night fell, looters hit the Mondawmin Mall, a Save-A-Lot, and a Rite Aid in Bolton Hill, and a new senior center was set on fire, The Baltimore Sun reports. A total of 27 people have been arrested so far, police said, and Baltimore city officials announced that school has been canceled for Tuesday. Catherine Garcia

warnings
April 27, 2015
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Police officers across the U.S. are on high alert after Baltimore police received what they say is a "credible threat" targeting all law enforcement officers.

In a statement, Baltimore Police said they received information that members of different gangs, including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, have "entered into a partnership" to "take out" police, and "law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers." Spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not elaborate on how the information was received or why it is considered credible, The Baltimore Sun reports, and would not say if it is connected to the Freddie Gray demonstrations. In Los Angeles, the threat is being taken seriously, and officers were ordered to ride in pairs together. Catherine Garcia

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