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10:24am

Thu June 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Genome Maps Solve Medical Mystery For Calif. Twins

The Beery family in 2010 on a visit to Baylor.
Courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine

Ever since scientists began to sequence the entire genomes of individuals --beginning with those of Nobelist James Watson and scientific entrepreneur J. Craig Venter in 2007 — skeptics have wondered just how useful this elegant and expensive trick would become.

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10:19am

Thu June 16, 2011
Economy

A Miserable Job Market Leads Many To Stop Looking

Job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in San Mateo, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The official unemployment rate, the headline number that comes out every month, was 9.1 percent in May. It measures how many people are out of work and looking for a job.

Then there's the U-6, which is technically the broadest measure of unemployment. It includes people who are underemployed — meaning they want more work — and people who have stopped looking; perhaps they've decided to go back to school or they've just given up their quest for work. That rate is 15.8 percent.

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10:11am

Thu June 16, 2011
U.S.

States Take Steps To Curtail Illegal Immigration

A federal crackdown on the use of undocumented immigrant labor is expanding. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told a thousand companies on Wednesday that their hiring records will be inspected.

But increasingly, states are the new battleground in the immigration debate, taking much more stringent steps to curtail illegal immigration. The latest law comes from Alabama, which goes further than other states and is sure to face a legal challenge.

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10:09am

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Rep. Weiner To Resign Today

June 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to having numerous sexual relationships online.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to resign from congress today, according to reports from several news outlets.

The news broke a short time ago when The New York Times sent out an alert that Weiner "has told friends that he plans to resign his seat." It cited "a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans" as its source.

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9:37am

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip; Housing Starts Rise

Two economic indicators that are at least pointing in the right direction:

-- The number of people who filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 16,000 last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. They dipped to 414,000 from 430,000 the week before.

Claims remain in a range that signals a weak labor market, however.

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