U.S. labor market shows some muscle despite slower job growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. job growth slowed in August, but the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/2-year low and wages accelerated, keeping alive prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month.

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WASHINGTON - Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday broke away from stances held by many of his rivals on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky.

China's Xi lauds Czechs, only Western leader at war parade

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday lauded the contribution of the Czech people during World War Two in a meeting with the country's head of state, the only Western leader to attend a massive military parade in Beijing this week.

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Kentucky clerk's office issues marriage license to gay couple, ending ban

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A county clerk's office in rural Kentucky issued a marriage license to a gay couple on Friday morning after defying a federal judge's orders for months.

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Biden says cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run

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Thai probe hits hurdle; no bomb match to suspects' DNA

BANGKOK - Forensic tests on two suspects have failed to find a link to the site of Thailand's deadliest bomb attack, police said on Friday, dealing a blow to the investigation.

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Gunman kills one student, wounds two others at Sacramento college

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - One student was killed and two others injured after a fistfight at a Sacramento community college escalated into a shooting, a school official and police said, but classes were to be held as normal on Friday.


Ahead of Greek election, Syriza's 'lost generation' deserts Tsipras

ATHENS - So divided has Syriza's youth wing become over the direction of Greece's leftist party, that when its council planned to convene at the end of August, the meeting was abandoned. Too many of its 71 members were on the point of quitting.