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November 19, 2015 - 8:33am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, fresh evidence that companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 271,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,000 to 270,750.

Applications below 300,000 typically signal a healthy job market.


November 19, 2015 - 8:28am
1 week 4 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — A defense expert says a woman was likely standing, not kneeling as a medical examiner testified, when she was fatally shot by her husband, who later posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden testified Thursday that the angle of gunshots indicates 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso was standing when the 2013 shooting began. Derek Medina has claimed self-defense and contends he shot his wife after she attacked him at their home...

November 19, 2015 - 8:23am
1 week 4 days ago

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — A Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit a 14-year-old girl for sex has waived a preliminary hearing in federal court in Delaware.

Appearing before a magistrate Thursday, Lee Robert Moore waived the right to hearing to determine probable cause on a federal charge of trying to transfer obscene material to a minor.

The judge meanwhile granted a defense request to postpone a hearing on the government's motion...

November 19, 2015 - 8:19am
1 week 5 days ago

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police were called to a central Pennsylvania office building after someone mistakenly thought a photographer's tripod was a gun.

LNP ( ) reports the incident happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Griest Building in Lancaster.

The caller thought a machine gun was carried into the building, so police conducted a floor-by-floor search only to find the photographer and her tripod.


November 19, 2015 - 7:59am
1 week 4 days ago

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Talk about some loose change.

A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels — that's 28 buckets full of coins — to pay a $4,000 ethics fine.

Instead of accepting the change, the ethics commission doubled the fine for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, saying he intentionally broke the rules because he knew the panel only accepted checks. And now the Miami-Dade Commission on...

November 19, 2015 - 6:13am
1 week 5 days ago

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The international community has strongly condemned the Kosovo opposition's "continued use of violence to achieve political goals."

A statement Thursday from the embassies of the Quint countries — France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States — called political violence "unacceptable" and said it is damaging Kosovo's international standing.

In the past two months the opposition has disrupted the work of the Parliament...

November 19, 2015 - 6:04am
1 week 4 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


The vote is 289-137, enough to override a threatened White House veto of the legislation erecting high hurdles for entry into the U.S.


A discarded cellphone led them to his cousin, and then to a suburban...

November 19, 2015 - 5:08am
1 week 4 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Rick is moving to the west-northwest in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast and poses no threat to land.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm's maximum sustained winds Friday are 40 mph (65 kph) with little change in strength forecast during the next 48 hours.

Rick is centered about 445 miles (715 kilometers) west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph)....

November 19, 2015 - 4:40am
1 week 5 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is back with a more concentrated approach after suffering a bitter loss in its efforts to gain collective-bargaining rights for all blue-collar workers at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday granted a petition by a small group of skilled-trades workers to hold a vote on being represented by the UAW for collective bargaining purposes, turning back a call by the German...

November 19, 2015 - 3:43am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rebuked President Barack Obama by ignoring his veto threat and approving a Republican bill erecting fresh barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

Thursday's passage came on a 289-137 vote — exceeding the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto.

The roll call came after White House officials visited the Capitol and lobbied Democrats to oppose the legislation. Dozens...

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