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Stocks down...Jobs picture varies by state...Apple CEO questioned on fingerprint technology

Friday - 9/20/2013, 3:10pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are falling in afternoon trading on Wall Street. The major indexes turned lower after the House voted to defund President Barack Obama's health care law. While expected, the vote raised concerns that a showdown between the House and Senate over federal spending could bring more volatility in the days ahead. The debt ceiling must be raised by Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown and a potential default on payments later in the month.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The job picture is mixed across the country, from state to state. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose last month in 18 states, fell in 17 states and were unchanged in 15. Employers added jobs in 29 states, the fewest since March. And 20 states reported job losses, the most since March.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken is asking Apple CEO Tim Cook for more information about the fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S. The phone has a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode. Franken says that while a password can be changed if it's hacked, fingerprints are permanent and are left on everything a person touches. In a letter to Cook, the Minnesota Democrat worries that a hacker could get hold of a fingerprint and "impersonate you for the rest of your life."

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Allegiant Airlines has taken 30 of its 52 MD-80 aircraft out of service to inspect emergency slides, days after passengers and crew members slid to the tarmac to escape one of its planes in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas-based airline posted a notice saying an unspecified number of flights would be delayed, rescheduled or canceled during the next several days. A company spokeswoman says Monday's evacuation triggered a maintenance review that found unspecified problems.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system. Rules published today by the Food and Drug Administration require most medical devices sold in the U.S. to carry a code identifying its make, manufacture date and lot number. Having that information in patients' medical records will enable doctors, hospitals and insurers to respond more quickly if the devices are recalled or other safety issues arise.

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