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Week in Pictures | June 1, 2012

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Consumer confidence takes a hit, mail order Salmonella, another spike in unemployment and insurers inadvertently aiding Iran’s nuclear program. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures.

In this May 6, 2012, photo, shoppers carry their purchases along 33rd Street in New York. It was reported this week that Americans’ confidence in the economy in May had its biggest drop in eight months as consumers fretted about slow hiring, a big stock market drop and the global economy, according to the Conference Board, a private research group. Consumer confidence is widely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. (AP Photo/CX Matiash)

The Bankia bank headquarters as seen in Madrid, Thursday May 31, 2012. The European Union urged Spain Thursday to come clean on how it plans to finance the overhaul of its banking sector, warning that uncertainty over this has contributed to the recent market turmoil and soaring borrowing costs. The government nationalized Bankia earlier this month, and the euro 19 billion ($23.63 billion) in public money that will now be injected into it is more than twice what the government originally estimated would be needed. (AP Photo/Paul White)

In this Sept. 28, 2011 file photo, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 91, works in his office at the Supreme Court in Washington. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor Stevens and a diverse cross-section of other political and cultural icons — including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, basketball coach Pat Summitt and rock legend Bob Dylan — with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Tuesday. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It’s presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In this photo, taken on Friday, May 25, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Sherman Oaks, talks with Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berekeley as lawmakers debated Blumenfield’s bill, which targets insurers for investing in companies that help Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.  The bill was approved on a 54-7 vote and sent to the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

This Wednesday, May 30, 2012 photo shows one of Jonah McDonald’s chickens at his Atlanta home. McDonald teaches about chickens at an Atlanta school and says he always advises students to wash their hands after handling chickens. Mail-order chicks that appeal to kids and backyard farmers have been linked to the U.S.’s longest running salmonella outbreak, sickening more than 300 people–many of them young children. McDonald said he doesn’t know of anyone who’s gotten salmonella from handling chickens. “The kids in my neighborhood come over and feed scraps into the cages,” he added. “It’s a real community thing.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, arrives for a campaign event at the Somers Furniture warehouse Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas. Nevada will prove to be a crucial state in the election (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

In this May 30, 2012 photo, Mi-Ran Park-Wong, of Macy’s, speaks to a job applicant during a career expo sponsored by Jobs Direct USA in Orlando, Fla. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday, May 31, 2012, that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000. (AP Photo/John Raoux)