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Americans living longer as most death rates fall
Sacramento Bee

Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.

Rates also dropped or held steady for nearly all the leading causes of death. The one exception: The suicide rate reached its highest point in 25 years. That figure has been increasing since 2000 and “it’s really hard to say why,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention branch that issued the report Wednesday.

The yearly report looked at deaths in 2012. It found:

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