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China and South Korea Affirm Antinuclear Goals

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:03
The presidents of China and South Korea smoothed over differences to release a joint statement expressing opposition to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs.

No structural harm in Brooklyn Bridge facade fall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:52

This photo provided by Roberto Danino shows emergency personal near a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge after it had collapsed, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A fire department spokesman says five people were injured. (AP Photo/Roberto Danino)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Department of Transportation says the collapse of a facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge did not cause any structural damage.

June U.S. payrolls surprise hugely to the upside

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:52
(Reuters) - U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1 percent, effectively dispelling fears about the economy's health and underscoring its momentum heading into the second half of 2014. KEY POINTS: * Consensus estimate was 212,000 jobs and 6.3 percent unemployment * May's number was revised up to 224,000 from 217,000; April to 304,000 from 282,000 * The private sector added 262,000 jobs * U-6 unemployment down to 12.1 percent from 12.2 percent, and the lowest since October 2008 * Household survey shows the workforce grew by 81,000, employment by 407,000 COMMENTS: MOHAMED EL-ERIAN, CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER AT ALLIANZ SE, NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA: “This comprehensively strong jobs report is good news for Main Street. Markets are torn between the good economic news and the risk this entails for a super accommodative Federal Reserve.” JACOB OUBINA, SENIOR U.S. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK: “It’s an extremely bullish report.

'Brutal' UK prostitution gang gets prison sentence

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:50
An international trafficking network forced more than 120 Eastern European women into prostitution, using violence and intimidation to operate brothels across London "on a commercial scale," police said Thursday.

U.S. services sector activity accelerates in June: Markit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:50

Detroit firefighters try to contain a fire at a shed in DetroitThe final reading for activity in the U.S. services sector hit its highest in 4-1/2 years, pushed higher by increasing new business activity and hiring, a survey showed on Thursday. Financial data firm Markit said its final services Purchasing Managers Index hit 61.0 in June, the highest final reading since the survey began in October 2009, compared with May's final reading of 58.1. The services sector added employees at the fastest rate on record with the employment index coming in at 56.1, higher than the 55.4 preliminary reading. Markit's final composite PMI, a weighted average of its manufacturing and services indexes, hit 61.0 in June, also a record high for a final reading, versus 58.4 in May and a preliminary 61.1.

US economy adds 288,000 jobs in June

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:49
The US economy added 288,000 jobs in June, latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal - an encouraging sign after disappointing growth in the first quarter of 2014.
Categories: BBC World News

Feds booed in California after migrant standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:49

People arrive to hear city, county and federal officials speak about a plan to process immigrants detained in Texas at the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol facility, at the Murrieta Mesa High School auditorium Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Terry Pierson)MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to their city in the first place.

Applications for US unemployment benefits edge up

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:49
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level that indicated a healthy labor market.

Feds to clean site of Hanford's 1976 'Atomic Man' accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:47
Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation -- the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the "Atomic Man."

James Patterson and others debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:47
For a discussion titled "Amazon: Business as Usual?" panelists at the New York Public Library cited Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson and the Stamp Act of 1765. Questions were raised about the future of democracy, the manners of Silicon Valley and the consequences of religious war.

Sarkozy bares teeth in TV comeback

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:44
Nicolas Sarkozy on the offensive to save career
Categories: BBC World News

City Room: New York Today: After the Deluge, Fireworks

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:41
What you need to know for Thursday and the long weekend: rain today, gradual clearing on Friday, and a waterproof holiday guide.

South Dakota man charged in kidnapping of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:38
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police accuse a South Dakota man of taking a 2-year-old boy hostage and barricading himself inside a home for six hours.

Kvitova reaches Wimbledon final

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:35
The 2011 champion Petra Kvitova beats fellow Czech Lucie Safarova in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon singles final.
Categories: BBC World News

US seeks more security at some overseas airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:30

In this June 24, 2014, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Johnson is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States. The Homeland Security Department would not immediately say July 2 whether the increased measures were in response to intelligence about a specific threat. But a U.S. counterterrorism official says American intelligence has seen indications that certain terrorist groups in Yemen and Syria are working on a bomb that could make it through airport security undetected. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

US trade deficit drops to $44.4 billion in May

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:28

In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, a worker inspects a crate that will be loaded on the Amsterdam-bound Fortunagracht at the Port of Cleveland in Cleveland. The Commerce Department releases international trade data for May on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in May as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, helped by a jump in exports of petroleum products. Imports dipped slightly.

Ohioan pleads guilty to taking checks for dead mom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:26
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge alleging he stole $230,000 in Social Security survivor benefits intended for his mother, who died 33 years ago.

The Jobs Report: What About the Jobless Who Aren’t Looking?

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:18
There are still more people than usual who are involuntarily working part time, or who have given up on the job market.

Palestinian boy's funeral delayed

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:18
The funeral of a Palestinian teenager abducted and killed in Jerusalem is delayed as the authorities carry out a post-mortem examination.
Categories: BBC World News

The Jobs Report: Great Jobs Numbers, but Hold the Fireworks

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:16
In this halting, sluggish recovery, even unqualified good news must be taken with a grain of salt.