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College seniors find jobs hard to come bySPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Jodee Zalar has a 3.6 grade average at Wittenberg University, studied in England and has completed several internships.

She also is among thousands of concerned college seniors feeling the effects of a job market that has slumped with the economy. Zalar, 21, of the Cleveland suburb of Broadview Heights, said some prospective employers have accepted her resume and given her interviews – but no job offers.

“It’s turning out to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated,” said Zalar, who expects to graduate with a degree in psychology. “The biggest struggle right now is to stay positive and realize that I’ve done the best I could to become who I think I need to be as a marketable person.”

Companies expect to hire about 20 percent fewer new college graduates this year than last, according to a survey of 237 employers nationwide by the Bethlehem-Pa.-based National Association of Colleges and Employers. They are also cutting back on campus recruiting, which has left colleges looking for new ways to help graduates land jobs.

According to the survey, the fewest opportunities for graduates appear to be with communications companies, automotive and mechanical equipment manufacturers and financial-services firms.

More children get health insuranceWASHINGTON – Children are increasingly likely to have health insurance as states continue signing them up for a government insurance program for children of the working poor, the government reported Sunday.

Hispanics, young adults and men were most likely to lack insurance to help cover the costs of health care.

Overall, 14.1 percent of Americans were uninsured during the first six months of 2001, which translates to about 38.9 million people. That’s down from 15.4 percent in 1997, according to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Studies have found that people with health insurance are much more likely to seek medical care and thus to be healthier that those who must either pay the full cost of treatment out of pocket or rely on charity.

The most significant improvements in insurance coverage have been among children.ABA asked to not take stand on tribunalsPHILADELPHIA – The Bush administration has privately told the American Bar Association that the nation’s largest and most influential lawyers’ group should not take a position now on the plan to try suspected terrorists before military tribunals, administration and ABA sources said Sunday.

The administration “made the request that the American Bar Association House of Delegates defer,” any vote on military tribunals at the organization’s meeting this week, ABA president Robert Hirshon said.

Hirshon said he told the White House that neither he nor other ABA leaders could prevent a vote. The 530 members of the policy-making House of Delegates “think their own minds,” Hirshon said.

Woman bitten by captive tigerWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A woman was attacked and bitten on the head by a 750-pound tiger while she was painting part of a compound at a private animal preserve.

Carol Pistilli, 58, was hospitalized in critical condition with a skull fracture after the attack Saturday. She was listed in stable condition Sunday.

Pistilli and her husband, Michael, were helping animal owner Steve Sipek prepare for a photo shoot at his Loxahatchee compound, Michael Pistilli said.

Sipek, a former actor who played Tarzan-like characters in Spanish language movies from 1968 to 1970, has taken in 52 animals over a 32-year period, allowing the animals to roam around his home. The property is barricaded with an iron gate and tall concrete walls.

The 4-year-old, declawed tiger, named Bobo, was feeding on some steaks when Pistilli entered the area and was attacked, Sipek said. He said he and Michael Pistilli heard her scream and he was able to get the tiger to back down so they could reach her.

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