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US stocks are turning lower. Investors, moreover, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's more cautious assessment today of the US's economy growth.

Unemployment is still too high, but it has come down. It was about 10% at the peak and it's now closer to 8%. It's going down too slowly, but it is going down. If we don't see continued improvement in labor market. We will be prepared to take additional steps if appropriate.

While the Fed has decided to extend a program nicknamed Operation Twist, it's designed to drive down long-term interest rates and encourage more borrowing and spending.

At last glance on Wall Street, the Dow was down 60 points, nearly 0.5% at 12,778; NASDAQ off 8 points; and the S&P 500 down 7 at 1,351.

A house committee is deciding whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over additional documents on a batch gang smuggling investigation, known as Operation Fast and Furious. Yesterday, Holder and Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California were unable to reach an agreement. Holder says he wants another congressional briefing on the justice department documents and Issa's word that a record's transfer would satisfy a subpoena by house committee that Issa chairs.

The jury in a Philadelphia clergy sex abuse trial has resumed deliberations. NPR's Jeff Brady reports earlier today, the jury told the judge, they couldn't reach a decision on all but one of the charges.

There are no details on which charge the jury has reached a verdict down. The relevant James Brennan faces two counts for allegedly raping a 14-year-old boy, Monsignor William Lynn faces child endangerment and conspiracy charges. Judge Teresa Sarmina told jurors that if they didn't reach a verdict, the case may have to be retried. The judge asked jurors of reconsidering an earlier request that she dined to rehear testimony would help. No word on that yet from the jury, which began deliberations on June 1st. Jeff Brady, NPR News, Philadelphia.

A lot of residents of northeastern Minnesota are facing extensive flood cleanup from torrential rains overnight. More from Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio.

Emergency officials say they responded to numerous calls from people trapped in cars and homes. ** have formed down streets around the route and there are mudslides on the city's many hills. Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo, but spokeswoman Susan Wolniakowski says they were found quickly nearby.

They were relatively easily corralled and they are secure, and they are safe and they are in the holding again.

Wolniakowski says some animals in the barnyard exhibit died in the flood. More rain is in the forecast. And northeastern Minnesota remains under a flash flood warning. today. For NPR News, I'm Matt Sepic in St, Paul.

Dow Jones Industrial Average down 63 points.

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The Afghan and US governments are condemning a suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed three American service members and at least 17 Afghan civilians. NPR's Sean Carberry reports that an Afghan interpreter was also killed in the attack that targeted a NATO convey.

Afghan officials say a man drove a motorcycle into the NATO convoy and set off the explosion. The blast ripped through a busy section of Khost city in eastern Afghanistan. The number of reported fatalities has slowly grown since the attack and dozens of Afghan civilians were also wounded. In Logar province, a vehicle struck a roadside bomb killing eight civilians. The Taliban have launched a number of brazen attacks this week including several where the asylums were wearing Afghan police or army uniforms. Afghan and US forces have also conducted a series of operations in the south and east, and have captured or killed a number of Taliban commanders. Sean Carberry, NPR News, Kabul.

World News Service reporting a Yemeni man working for the international committee of the Red Cross has been killed in an airstrike in the Abyan province while carrying out humanitarian work. Yemen troops last week retook several towns in the southern province of Abyan that Islamist militants allied to al-Qaeda reportedly had seized last year.

British police are raiding to arrest Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder responsible for publishing massive amounts of classified information without authorization. Assange is now holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He is trying to avoid extradition in Sweden where he faces questioning in sexual assault allegations.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News, in Washington.

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