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One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven’t found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended.

Those who did find work had a difficult time with their job search and the effects of unemployment, the survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found.

Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position.

Almost half — 46% — of the estimated 30 million layoff victims who found new jobs said they paid less then their old ones, according to the survey of 1,153 U.S adults done over the summer.

"While job growth has been consistent, it has been insufficient to produce enough full-time jobs for everyone," the study said.

The pan-seared breast of Chicken Marsala served by the Baltimore Convention Center’s exclusive caterer was the food item most commonly consumed by the 216 attendees sickened by the lunch served last April 9 at the Food Safety Summit’s annual conference. It was likely contaminated with Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens), a spore-forming gram-positive bacterium commonly found on raw meat and poultry.

According to the report being released today by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the illnesses experienced at the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore were attributed to C. perfringens. Those sickened experienced symptoms of diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, headaches, chills, vomiting and fever between April 8-12, 2014.

About two-thirds of those sickened experienced the symptoms after eating the chicken lunch that was served by the Baltimore Convention Center’s catering company called Centerplate, according to the final report of the investigation that used epidemiological, environmental and laboratory methods to reach its conclusions.

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Jupiter’s Irregular Satellites

The planet Jupiter has 67 confirmed moons. This gives it the largest retinue of moons with “reasonably secure” orbits of any planet in the Solar System. In fact, Jupiter and its moons are like a miniature solar system with the inner moons orbiting faster than the others. Eight of Jupiter’s moons are regular satellites, with prograde and nearly circular orbits that are not greatly inclined with respect to Jupiter’s equatorial plane. The remainder of Jupiter’s moons are irregular satellites, whose prograde and retrograde orbits are much farther from Jupiter and have high inclinations and eccentricities. These moons were probably captured by Jupiter from solar orbits. There are 17 recently discovered irregular satellites that have not yet been named.

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Lowell Observatory/J. Spencer/JHU-APL

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will perform the role of Edward Snowden

The actor has reportedly agreed to take the lead role in the NSA whistleblower movie about Edward Snowden. Although the negotiations have not yet begun, both Gordon-Levitt and Snowden are keen on making it happen. Apparently, the production on The Snowden Files (the movie is titled after the book) is expected to start late in 2014 or in early in 2015.

The film is written and directed by Oliver Stone and will be based on two books, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus. It is known that Oliver Stone recently picked up the screen rights to the latter book after getting the former in June.

Everyone knows that Edward Snowden’s revelations lifted the lid on the practice of the mass government surveillance, which sparked a global furor. The former NSA contractor has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, which was then extended for another couple years, but Snowden still faces a 30-year prison sentence if he returns to the United States.

The Snowden Files movie could compete with a rival project known as No Place to Hide after the book by Glenn Greenwald. The latter is the freelance journalist who received thousands of classified documents from Edward a year ago. No Place to Hide is being brought to cinemas by James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, but it seems that the Stone version will likely to arrive on the big screen first.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 33, is an actor who has successfully combined turns in critically acclaimed genre fare like Rian Johnson’s Looper and Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises with the roles in indie comedy drama fare, including 50-50, (500) Days of Summer and Don Jon. The latter was even directed by him. In addition, Gordon-Levitt will play the high wire artist Philippe Petit in forthcoming biopic The Walk, about his successful crossing of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in August 1974.

As for the director of the new movie, Oliver Stone has made a number of biographical political movies, including the one about the Kennedy assassination (JFK), the Bush administration’s “war on terror” (W), the Vietnam conflict (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth), and the Watergate break-in (Nixon).

(AP) — Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ - enterovirus 68 - was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear.

The cases occurred within the last two months. All nine children are being treated at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, and most are from the Denver area.

The cases come amid an unusual wave of severe respiratory illness from enterovirus 68. The germ is not new - it was first identified in 1962 and has caused clusters of illness before, including in Georgia and Pennsylvania in 2009 and Arizona in 2010. Because it’s not routinely tested for, it’s possible the bug spread in previous years but was never distinguished from colds caused by other germs.

This year, the virus has gotten more attention because it has been linked to hundreds of severe illnesses. Beginning last month, a flood of sick children began to hit hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago - kids with trouble breathing, some needing oxygen or more extreme care such as a breathing machine. Many - but not all - had asthma before the infection.

The CDC has been testing a limited number of specimens from very sick children around the country, and as of Thursday reported 277 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia with enterovirus 68. So far no deaths have been attributed to the virus, but Seward said 15 still are being investigated.

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