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U.S. jobless claims up, wage growth starting to push higher

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WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions.

Exec at heart of ex-Va. Governor's corruption trial due back on stand

RICHMOND Va. - The businessman who federal prosecutors contend gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife is due to return to the witness stand on Thursday at the couple's corruption trial.

Politics, 9:15am EDT

Wisconsin supreme court upholds state's voter ID law

- The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, according to court documents.

Politics, 9:28am EDT

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

NEW YORK - Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults are getting to join the fun.

Entertainment, 7:03am EDT

Michelle Obama says the 'blood of Africa' runs through her veins

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s 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.

30 Jul 2014

Businessman says helped ex-Virginia governor, wife as part of 'business relationship'

RICHMOND Va - The businessman at the heart of a corruption trial involving former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified on Wednesday he helped them out with gifts and loans strictly for the benefit of his dietary supplement company.

Politics, 30 Jul 2014

Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

WASHINGTON - 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.

30 Jul 2014

Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot, killing one person

- A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego retail store on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least one other, according to officials and local media.

30 Jul 2014

Seattle cop who issued 80 percent of marijuana tickets reassigned

SEATTLE - The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday.

30 Jul 2014

U.S. private sector adds 218,000 jobs in July: ADP

NEW YORK - U.S. companies hired 218,000 workers in July, marking four straight month of private job growth above 200,000, but the figure fell short of what analysts projected and the previous month's level, a report by a payrolls processor released on Wednesday showed. Private 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. | Video

30 Jul 2014

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