The U.S. teen birth rate declined from a high of 62 births per 1,000 girls in the early 1990s and has leveled off at 42 births per 1,000 girls after 2005, a rate that is still the highest in the developed world, a study found. Researchers said rates generally leveled off in 2003, but rates for 18- to 19-year-old white and Asian teens still were dropping while rates for Hispanic teens were going up.

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