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Jobless Claims Dip Only Slightly; First-Quarter GDP Estimate Unchanged

Two fresh bits of economic data, neither of which change the picture much if at all:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 386,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before. But it also revised up that previous week's estimate, from the initial report of 387,000.

Basically, claims continue to come in at a pace that signals the labor market still isn't creating enough jobs to bring down the unemployment rate (which stood at 8.2 percent in May).

-- The Bureau of Economic Analysis says gross domestic product grew at a sluggish 1.9 percent annual rate in the first quarter. That's unchanged from its previous estimate of first-quarter economic growth.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease

A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.
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As Democrats Grow Nervous, Clinton Tries To Appeal To Party Leaders

Hillary Clinton tried to rally important Democratic delegates to her side at the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis. But, as she looks increasingly vulnerable, rivals are pressing their own cases.
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Uber Hires Hackers To Secure Driverless Cars

NPR's Rachel Martin reports that the ride-sharing service Uber is hiring experts to protect driverless cars from being hacked.

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