Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has made up his mind that the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan is working. His assessment will shape the conclusions of the Obama administration's Afghan strategy review, which is expected later this month.
Gates is in Afghanistan this week, conferring with troops and commanders, and his upbeat assessment is based partly on what he hears from them.
There's one age group that's going into nursing homes at a higher rate. And it's not the elderly.
Young people ages 31 to 64 now make up 14 percent of the nursing home population, an analysis of federal data from the Department of Health and Human Services by NPR's Investigative Unit found. That's up from 10 percent just 10 years ago.
The data do not show why this age group is entering nursing homes in such higher numbers, but Michelle Fridley's fight to stay out of a nursing home may provide a clue.
The United Nations says it is running out of money to provide essential goods and services to the vast majority of Gazans, while Gaza's economy still needs urgent improvements to get people off welfare.
Israel eased its blockade of Gaza last summer, allowing most consumer goods to enter the territory. Israel continues to restrict shipments of steel and concrete to Gaza, fearing that Hamas militants will use it for its purposes -- for example, building bunkers.