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U.S. suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession. Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40 percent.

By MIKE STOBBE

AP Medical Writer

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