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Jobless rate falls to 5.1%, a 7-year low

Payrolls add 173,000, hiring seen solid; Fed step awaited

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding later this month whether to raise interest rates from record lows. Continue reading...

Clerk's lawyer: Licenses void

Aides defy jailed boss in Kentucky, issue papers to 3 same-sex couples

Subscriber onlyAt least three gay couples received marriage licenses Friday in Rowan County, embracing and celebrating as the defiant county clerk, Kim Davis, remained jailed because she has refused to issue the licenses or allow her deputies to hand them out. Continue reading...

Aide to Clinton testifies in private on Benghazi

Subscriber onlyA senior member of Hillary Rodham Clinton's inner circle testified Friday before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya as a spat broke out between a Republican staff member and a Democratic lawmaker who insists it's time for the committee to disband. Continue reading...

Clintons paid for server's upkeep

Subscriber onlyHillary Rodham Clinton and her family personally paid a State Department staff member to maintain the private email server she used while heading the agency, according to an official from Clinton's presidential campaign. Continue reading...

Obama, Saudi king key on Yemen, Iran

Subscriber onlyHosting Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Continue reading...

Missouri boy, 11, kills intruder, 16

Subscriber onlySt. Louis County, Mo., police say an 11-year-old boy fatally shot a 16-year-old intruder during a home invasion. Continue reading...

Democrat rejects Iran deal

White House still hopes to prevent Senate vote on it

Subscriber onlyThe White House's goal for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a setback Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition. Continue reading...

Judge: Water rule off only in 13 states

Subscriber only A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his injunction blocking a new rule from President Barack Obama's administration aimed at regulating some small waterways applies only to the 13 states that sued to block it. Continue reading...

Chinese navy ships transit U.S. waters

Subscriber onlyA group of Chinese naval vessels transited U.S. territorial waters near Alaska this week, a Pentagon official said Friday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyRisky drill cited in Marine's death RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Marine who died during a helicopter accident Wednesday night at Camp Lejeune was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on how to use ropes to access difficult terrain, officials said Friday. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyLos Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson on Friday ordered two women to stay away from Salma Hayek and not attempt to contact the Oscar-nominated actress for the next three years. Goodson granted Hayek's request for a restraining order against Liana Philippon and Odette Bodagh, who the actress stated in court filings impersonated her and made a veiled threat to kidnap her daughter. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyAlfred Awonuga, 48, of Nashville, a former worker for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, was arrested on misconduct charges after being accused of trying to coerce women into having sex with him in exchange for food assistance benefits. Continue reading...

Friends say Jill Biden uneasy about '16

Subscriber onlyVice President Joe Biden's reluctance to enter the presidential race centers on his family. His wife, Jill, has never relished political life and is said to share his misgivings about whether the Bidens are emotionally equipped for another campaign. Continue reading...

New Orleans plans appeal; mayor faces house arrest

Subscriber onlyFacing a possible house arrest sentence, the mayor of New Orleans said Friday that the city would appeal a judge’s order holding him in contempt for failing to come up with an acceptable plan to pay a $75 million judgment in a decades-old legal dispute with city firefighters. Continue reading...

Judge: Injunction against water rule limited to 13 states

BISMARCK, N.D — A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his injunction blocking a new rule by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at regulating some small waterways applies only to the 13 states that sued to block the rule and not nationwide. Continue reading...

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