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Census response to be higher than predicted

The percentage of households that have mailed back their Census forms could top the 2000 response. The participation rate hit 71 percent Tuesday, just one point below the 2000 Census rate. The U.S. population has grown almost 10 percent since 2000, to an estimated 309 million. More forms were expected to trickle in through this past week.

New aviation policy to get rid of computers

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is asking that airlines now create and enforce policies to ensure that pilots focus on flying their planes safely instead of being distracted by laptop computers and other devices. The statement refers to an October 2009 incident when Northwest pilots overflew their destination by 150 miles because of personal distractions.

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