Stock exchanges across Asia dropped sharply Monday after Friday's dismal U.S. employment report showing no new jobs were added in August. Japan's Nikkei index fell nearly 2 percent — with markets in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai also posting major losses. Investors remain concerned by the possibility of another recession in the U.S., where markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
The Wiffle Ball headquarters in Shelton, Conn. Every Wiffle Ball is made in the U.S.
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David Mullany, who runs The Wiffle Ball Inc. with his brother Stephen, poses in front of the machine that presses the two plastic ball halves together at a factory in Shelton, Conn. Mullany's grandfather invented the Wiffle Ball in the 1950s.
The long Labor Day weekend is a time for backyard barbecues, catching up with friends and family, and for some, a game of Wiffle Ball.
Over the years, the Wiffle Ball has wound its way into the fabric of America. Those who don't even like baseball very much have taken a swing at that white plastic ball with the oval slots around one side.
There is something about the Wiffle Ball that's kind of irresistible — toy stores and even some hardware stores across the country sell them. And for consumers looking for a ways to spend more time outside, they're pretty cheap.
Photo of the Mead building lobby, Yankton State Hospital, S.D. Photographer Christopher Payne visited state mental institutions across the country, many of which were abandoned. His book, Asylum: Inside The Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, captures what he found.
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For the past decade, Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman has fought to get treatment for people with mental illness and keep them from ending up in jail.
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Sheriff Greg Hamilton runs the Travis County Jail in Austin, Texas.
Three hundred and fifty thousand: That's a conservative estimate for the number of offenders with mental illness confined in America's prisons and jails.
More Americans receive mental health treatment in prisons and jails than in hospitals or treatment centers. In fact, the three largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country are jails: Los Angeles County Jail, Rikers Island Jail in New York City and Cook County Jail in Illinois.