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Data: CDC and Census Bureau; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

In 2017, more than 151,000 Americans died of suicide or causes related to drugs or alcohol — the highest rate in U.S. history, according to a new study by Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust.

Why it matters: The study projects that the three epidemics are on track to kill 1.6 million Americans by 2025. Life expectancy has already fallen in the U.S. three years in a row largely due to these trends, while the global average life expectancy continues to rise.

  • Montana had the highest rate in suicide in 2017 at 29.6 deaths per 100,000.
  • West Virginia — which was hard hit by the opioid crisis — had the highest rate of drug-related deaths at 56.3 of every 100,000.
  • New Mexico had the highest alcohol-related death rate at 31.6 out of every 100,000 .

The big picture: The drug and suicide epidemics have hit rural America hardest, at the same time that blue collar jobs are disappearing and technology and automation is transforming the workforce.

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China makes history with successful Mars landing

A model of the Tianwen-1 Mars rover is displayed during an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

A Chinese lander carrying a rover successfully touched down on Mars for the first time, state media reports.

Why it matters: This is the first time China has landed a spacecraft on another planet, and it launches the nation into an elite club of only a few space agencies to successfully make it to the Martian surface.

8 hours ago - World

UN: 10,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza as Israel-Hamas fighting escalates

A Palestinian woman walks after she collects her belongings inside her damaged house following an Israeli air in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo: Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The United Nations warned Friday that ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas "has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis," in not only the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, but "the region as a whole."

The big picture: More than 125 Palestinians, including 31 children have been killed in Gaza since fighting began Monday, per the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Eight people, including two children, have been killed in Israel, Reuters reported, citing Israeli authorities.