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California unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent
SACRAMENTO — California’s jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it’s been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday. California added 39,800 jobs during March for a gain of nearly 1.9 million jobs since the recovery began in 2010, ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Disney measles outbreak that sparked vaccination debate ends
LOS ANGELES — An outbreak of measles that popped up at Disneyland in late December soon spread to six other U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Health officials suspect an infected traveler, who caught the virus overseas, visited the theme park and exposed others. The outbreak sickened 147 people in...
By Alicia Chang The Associated Press FULL STORY
Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe
WASHINGTON — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human body. The microbiome — the trillions of mostly beneficial bacteria that...
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press FULL STORY
Highway abuzz with millions of bees after semitruck tips
LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama getting tough on critics
WASHINGTON — Just as Congress is hitting something of a bipartisan stride on such issues as Medicare, Iran and trade, President Barack Obama and his White House team have decided to go after their Republican critics, picking fights and scornfully calling them out by name. In just the past week, t...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama open to ‘creative negotiations’ on Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to “creative negotiations” in response to Iran’s demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time. Asked at a W...
By Nedra Pickler The Associated Press FULL STORY
Clinton cautious about Obama’s Pacific trade deal
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will be closely watching efforts by the Obama administration to negotiate a broad trade policy pact with Pacific nations that’s raising concerns over potential harm to workers. As she kicks off her presidential campaign, Clinton is under pressure fro...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraqi officials believe that Saddam’s top deputy killed
BAGHDAD — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izza...
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Vivian Salama The Associated Press FULL STORY
Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island
BEIJING — China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area. Defense group IHS Jane’s said satellite images of Fiery Cross Reef taken March...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pope considering Cuba stop during U.S. trip but no decision
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said Friday. Francis has been credited with having helped the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both count...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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