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In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, photo, Angelo Falcone, left, is interviewed by Eric Larkee for a bartender job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. The restaurant group is expanding in South Florida and is hiring for all positions at its restaurants. On Friday, Feb. 5, the U.S. government issues the January jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Slower Job Growth Still Has Positives

Saturday, February 6, 2016

At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months. Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the job market emerges: A sub-5 percent unemployment rate. Healthy pay raises. And a stream of people who grew confident enough in the job …

Syria Regime Launches Big Offensive

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Beirut — Pro-government forces backed by Russian airstrikes consolidated their grip Friday on strategic terrain in northwestern Syria, escalating an offensive that has pushed thousands of civilians toward Turkey and raised the prospect of a siege on the long-divided city of Aleppo. The Syrian Army, backed by allied forces, had restored security and stability to the formerly opposition-held towns of Retian and Mair, …

Quieter, Smaller Guantanamo Bay as debate rages on prison’s fate

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appears to be winding down despite opposition …

Emails: Mich. Officials Warned

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lansing, Mich. — High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails …

Obama to U.S. Muslims: ‘You Fit in Here’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

President Obama Wednesday delivered the comforting sermon to U.S. Muslims that their community leaders have been requesting for years, framing Islam as deeply American and its critics as violating the nation’s cherished value of religious freedom. Obama’s comments …

Activist in Anti-Abortion Video Turns Herself In

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Houston — One of two anti-abortion activists charged by a grand jury last month in connection with filming covert videos at a local Planned Parenthood surrendered Wednesday and appeared outside court to applause from supporters who clutched homemade signs calling her a “pro-life hero.” “She has broken no …

Syrian War Peace Talks Take Pause

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Geneva — The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking a break. The fighting is not. U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday there would be a “temporary pause” in the indirect peace …

Judge Rules Sexual Assault Case Against Cosby Can Proceed

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Norristown, Pa. — A bid by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to have the sexual-assault charges against the entertainer dismissed was rejected by a Philadelphia-area judge Wednesday evening, clearing the way for the famed comedian to be brought to trial. Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that there was “no basis to …

U.S., 11 Nations Sign Trade Deal

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Trade ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations formally signed the largest regional trade deal in history on Thursday in New Zealand, but the fate of one of President Obama’s signature economic projects remained fraught on Capitol Hill. At a ceremony in Auckland, New …

Somali Pilot Recounts Jet Blast

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mogadishu, Somalia — An explosion that blew a hole in a jetliner shortly after takeoff and left one man missing was believed to have been caused by a bomb, the pilot said Wednesday, describing how the crew calmed …

CDC: Zika Spread Through Sex

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dallas health officials said Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sex with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said …

Peace Talks For Syria Falter Early

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Geneva — Both sides in the Syria peace negotiation expressed frustration Tuesday with the sluggish progress of the talks, raising new doubts about the viability of the most determined diplomatic push to date aimed at ending the nation’s almost five-year conflict. The renewed sense of uncertainty came a …

Study: Longer Shift OK for Young Docs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Washington — Patients suffered no extra harm when doctors training to be surgeons were allowed to work longer shifts, a study released Tuesday concludes, adding to a push to relax the strictest limits on resident hours. The New England Journal of Medicine study comes as the Accreditation Council …