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U.S. private sector adds 218,000 jobs in July: ADP
News ImagePrivate job gains in June were 281,000, which was the strongest reading since November 2012. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that the ADPNational Employment Report would show a gain of 230,000 jobs. "The July employment gain was softer than June, but remains consistent with a steadily improving job market," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "If current trends continue, the economy will return to full employment by late 2016." U.S. companies slowed the expansion of their payrolls from June's blistering pace with goods-producing firms adding 16,000 jobs compared with 43,000 in June.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:03 -0400
Michelle Obama says the 'blood of Africa' runs through her veins
News ImageBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her familys African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the blood of Africa runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can. The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply, Obama said, addressing her listeners as her brothers and sisters. Three months before congressional elections that could determine the fate of much of President Obamas platform, Michelle Obamas popularity remains high while her husbands has sunk. Michelle Obama said problems with girls education often stemmed from traditional attitudes and beliefs that exist even in the United States and lead to issues such as the gender pay gap and an underrepresentation of women in leadership.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:28:13 -0400
Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola
Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly wearing protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola. "These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation," the spokesperson said in a statement. The Peace Corps, citing privacy concerns, declined to say where the two volunteers had come into contact with the Ebola victim.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:57:58 -0400
Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device but authorities say it was turned off. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:11:57 -0400
10 Things to Know for Thursday
News ImageYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:04:31 -0400
Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed
News ImageDETROIT (AP) Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:03:52 -0400
Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:50:06 -0400
Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias
News ImageYOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:47:58 -0400
Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON Fla. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Most cell phones are thrown over walls. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:44:57 -0400
Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90
News ImageFilmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:32:10 -0400
Los Angeles pipe rupture: A look at the numbers
News ImageA torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA. Here are some of the numbers behind Tuesday's rupture:
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:31:38 -0400
U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone
New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk of the country's last pure-bred population of the animals. Dozens from the Yellowstone herd have been relocated to two Montana American Indian reservations in recent years. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:31:37 -0400
Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:28:27 -0400
Teen who sneaked to top of World Trade Center pleads guilty: report
A New Jersey teen, who sneaked into New York City's One World Trade Center and ascended to the top of the 104-story building to the antenna, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident, New York media reported. Justin Casquejo, 16, accepted a plea deal that will keep the misdemeanor BASE jumping charge from his record and grant him youthful offender status in exchange for 23 days of community service, NBC New York reported. Though he did not parachute himself, Casquejo faced a charge in connection with the activity, according to NBC New York. Casquejo was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan early one March morning, officials said at the time. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:27:26 -0400
Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:17:23 -0400
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