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Where the jobs are, Austin metro area, 2011

Job growth and loss in Austin Occupation Total employment 2011 Change from 2006 Annual median pay 1. Retail salespeople 28,490 +13% $20,910 2. Office clerks, general 23,760 +50% $30,360 3. Cashiers 18,880 +19% $18,910 4. Food preparation and serving, including fast food 18,600 +7% $18,120 5. Customer service representatives 18,310 +15% $30,420 6. Waiters and waitresses 17,570 +24% $17,770 7. ...

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Weapons of shadow wars

WASHINGTON – After a decade of costly conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American way of war is evolving toward less brawn, more guile. Drone aircraft spy on and attack terrorists with no pilot in harm’s way. Small teams of special operations troops quietly train and advise foreign forces. Viruses sent from computers to foreign networks strike silently, with no ...

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Here comes the depression

Evidence mounts that economic growth is slowing around the world, including in the United States and in the European Union. Even fast-evolving economies like Brazil, China and India are slowing. Two questions emerge: • Is the looming recession in the U.S. and EU a new one or a re-emergence of the recession of 2007? • How bad is it likely ...

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IOC Starts London 2012 Olympic Tickets Probe

MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has started a probe into claims that Olympic Games officials violated regulations regarding the sale of London 2012 tickets, the BBC reported…

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At halftime, Euro 2012 shows the best of football

Once again, the European Championship is fulfilling its billing as the best tournament in world football. A compelling first two rounds of Euro 2012 group stage matches provided most of what fans and television viewers want – and what the problem-plagued 2010 World Cup lacked. Exciting matches, plenty of goals, excellent refereeing. Even the players and the tournament ball have ...

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Don’t blame it on Rio

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet Exactly two decades after the first blueprint for sustainable development was prepared in this Brazilian city, the world meets here again, on June 20, to chalk out the earth’s future. Shobhan Saxena reports from Rio de Janeiro on why it’s going to be a tough meet. After flying over darkness for hours, as the Boeing 777 descends ...

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Troops sent to quell clashes in western Libya

The Libyan government has declared a "military zone" and deployed troops in the west of the country, after days of clashes between rival militias. The authorities have called for an end to the violence, which has left at least 16 people dead since Monday. The area includes the mountainous towns of Zintan, Mizdah and Shegayga, some 150 kilometres south of ...

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Pentagon thanks gay troops, plans 1st pride event

Washington — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thanked gay and lesbian military members Friday for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as Gay Pride Month with an official salute. In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which prohibited ...

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Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls with flying colors

Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope Friday. (Frank Gunn, The AP) NIAGARA FALLS, ontario — Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a…

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Saudi Crown Prince Nayef dies

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, next in line to rule the world’s top oil exporter, has died just eight months after becoming heir to 89-year-old King Abdullah, the royal court said on Saturday. Analysts and former diplomats said the succession process was likely to be stable, however, with the king and a family council expected ...

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