By Matt Spetalnick and Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. lawmaker on human rights has begun drafting legislation to seek major reforms in how the State Department ranks countries on human trafficking, in response to concerns that the latest annual report was watered down for political reasons. U.S. Representative Chris Smith said the bill, which he expects to finalize in a month and introduce in the House of Representatives in six weeks, will call for some of the biggest changes in a decade in how Washington grades global efforts against modern slavery. The move follows a Reuters investigation that found that senior diplomats inflated assessments of 14 strategically important countries in the State Department's 2015 report.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading Thursday after wavering between gains and losses all morning. Investors are trying to position themselves ahead of Friday's jobs report from the government, which could help determine whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates again next month.
Bay Area gold medalist Brian Boitano was once a Super Bowl headliner. In 1992, Super Bowl 26 in Minneapolis featured a Winter Olympics theme -- Boitano and Dorothy Hamil skated on platforms topped with fake ice: glycerin-sprayed plastic.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.