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Electrician Chris Piazza works on a home being built in Destrehan, La., in March. The recent enormous storms have hit the housing industry hard, with several signs turning negative.

Hurricane Season Takes Its Toll On Home Sales And Builder Optimism

With Hurricane Maria still smashing up Puerto Rico, the economic costs of this year's hurricane season continue to grow by the minute. It will take a while for economists to tally it all up.

But this much already is clear: The recent enormous storms have taken a toll on the housing industry.

Three separate industry reports, issued over the past three days, have all shown that rough weather in the South and wildfires in the West have been creating problems for this key economic sector.

This computer-generated image shows the structure of the hepatitis B virus.

A Neglected Family Of Killer Viruses

We think of HIV, TB and malaria as some of the deadliest infectious diseases on earth. And the death tolls bear that out.

But there's a family of viruses that is in the same league: hepatitis viruses.

There are five of them. Their alphabet soup of names tells us the order in which they were discovered: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. According to a new report from the Global Burden of Disease, the viruses kill 1.34 million people a year.

Rescue workers search for earthquake survivors in Mexico City on Wednesday.

Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

In Mexico City and surrounding areas, rescuers are still searching for casualties and survivors of Tuesday's earthquake. More than 200 people are believed to have died.

Geologically speaking, Mexico City is not built in a very good place.

This is the second big quake in Mexico in less than two weeks. It came 32 years to the day after another deadly quake. And there will be more in the future, though when is anyone's guess.

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Seen from afar, the collapsed section of the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City is surrounded by volunteers and rescue workers on Wednesday. A wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs during Mexico's deadliest earthquake in years.

Hope, Despair Descend On Quake-Shattered School In Mexico City

The massive earthquake rattled through Mexico City at about 1 p.m. local time Tuesday, razing buildings and rousing thick clouds of dust. As residents left their offices and homes, at least 44 of which sustained severe damage or collapsed entirely, the sun was glaring high in the sky.

It was midday, and the children were still in school.

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