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Sep 14, 2011, 7:16 a.m.

Number of poor hit record 46 million in 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 46 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010, pushing the U.S. poverty rate to its highest level since 1993, according to a government report on Tuesday on the grim effects of stubbornly high unemployment. Underscoring the economic challenges that face President Barack Obama and Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau said the poverty rate rose for a third consecutive year to hit 15.1 percent in 2010. The number in poverty was the largest since the government first began publishing estimates in 1959.

Do teen driving restrictions save lives?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs that keep young drivers from taking the wheel at night, or with a car full of teens, may reduce the risk of fatal crashes in some drivers -- but increase that risk in others. A study that compared death rates found fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds, but more among 18-year-olds, when states had so-called graduated driver licensing programs in place. And there was no difference in fatal crashes among all teen drivers combined under the programs.

Pfizer to delay infant-nutrition sale: report

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc is delaying sale of its infant-nutrition business as it is concerned a sale may lead to an increased tax burden, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the plans. Pfizer may send sales documents to potential buyers in November, two months later than expected, Bloomberg cited the people as saying.

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