- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 10, 2002

Half of first marriages still end in divorce
Almost 90 percent of Americans are expected to marry some time in their lives, but only about half of first marriages are likely to last, according to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Most adults have married only once," said Rose Kreider, co-author of the study based on surveying 69,571 persons from 37,000 households in 1996.
"In 1996, 54 percent of men and 60 percent of women age 15 and over had married only once," she said, but a statistical projection by the authors indicated that about 50 percent of first marriages for men under age 45 may end in divorce. The same result was true for 44 percent to 52 percent of marriages for women in the same age group.

Survivors gather for memorial
HONOLULU Japanese fishing students who survived their boat's collision with a U.S. nuclear submarine last year gathered yesterday with family and government officials to remember the nine men and boys who died.
At the dedication of a memorial, speakers said they hoped it would not only remind people of the loss but also symbolize the ties that developed between the nations after the tragedy.
Nine of 35 students, teachers and crew from the Uwajima Fisheries High School died aboard the Ehime Maru when the USS Greeneville surfaced beneath the trawler Feb. 9, 2001, sinking it in 2,000 feet of water about nine miles south of Oahu.

Helicopter crash kills aviator
STARKE, Fla. A Florida Army National Guard helicopter with a crew of two crashed yesterday, killing one aviator and injuring the other.
Officials said the AH-64A Apache helicopter crashed at about 3:30 p.m. while on routine exercises in Camp Blanding's north training area.
The crew members' names were not released.

Surprises common triggers of strokes
SAN ANTONIO Ringing doorbells and other jolts that make people jump appear to be powerful and surprisingly common triggers of strokes, a study concluded.
Researchers found that sudden movements, usually ones caused by being startled, increase the risk of stroke by 33 times.
Israeli researchers who looked for possible stroke triggers in 150 victims found that 22 percent of them had been surprised by sudden movements just before their strokes.

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