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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Alaska hit with an earthquake; jobless rate doesn’t change; 9/11 firefighters have increased cancer risk


(Mark Rightmire/AP)

WEATHER: Surf’s up in California; earthquake in Alaska; Gulf prepares for Katia

Photographed above, high tide and a winter storm off New Zealand are combining to bring high waves to the Southern California coast. Meanwhile, a tsunami warning was called and then canceled after a 7.1 earthquake hit near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Friday morning. Hurricane Katia is bearing down on the Gulf Coast, prompting fears of flooding.

JOBS: No change in unemployment rate in August

The U.S. showed no job growth in August, staying at a 9.1% unemployment rate. From the Associated Press: “The economy needs to add roughly 250,000 jobs a month to rapidly bring down the unemployment rate, which has been above 9 percent in all but two months since May 2009.”

TERRORISM: CIA shifts to killing targets

Instead of gathering information and monitoring trends around the world, the CIA has become an agency focused on capturing and killing terrorists. Read the story here.

HEALTH: 9/11 firefighters have higher risk of cancer

New research says firefighters exposed to smoke and toxic dust on Sept. 11, 2001, have a 19 percent higher risk of getting cancer. Under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which covers illnesses such as asthma and other respiratory diseases, firefighters and other rescue workers cannot receive payments for cancer treatments.

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