The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected and hit a three-month low last week, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits falling to 338,000 in the week ended March 1. A Labor Department analyst said no states were estimated and there were no special factors affecting the state level data.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have opposed a motion seeking to delay the sentence for a man convicted of attempted murder in a dispute over loud music until after he's tried for fatally shooting a teenager in the incident.
The CIA's internal watchdog has begun a probe of whether members of the agency secretly monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Bush-era detention and interrogation policies, according to media reports on Wednesday. McClatchy Newspapers and the New York Times, quoting individuals with knowledge of the investigation, said the CIA's inspector general launched the probe after members of Congress complained that agency officers had improperly accessed the work of Intelligence Committee staffers. According to individuals cited in the reports, CIA employees went so far as to gain access to computer networks the committee was using in its work for a report on the interrogation program, which many have equated with torture, conducted during President George W. Bush's administration. McClatchy reported late on Wednesday that congressional aides took with them from the CIA an internal agency review of the Bush-era policies that at least one lawmaker has publicly said showed that CIA leaders misled the Intelligence Committee in disputing some of the committee's findings.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's three-day tour of California has included a Hollywood premiere and a swing through Silicon Valley. It concludes Thursday with a stop somewhat closer to home.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at the Manhattan trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law watched video of al-Qaida's leaders threaten America before and after the Sept. 11 attacks as the government launched its case against the terror group's one-time spokesman, a presentation dismissed by a defense lawyer as movie-like theatrics.