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US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide
Posted: July 02, 2015

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An Islamic State sympathizer's deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics.

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US stocks lower after mixed US jobs report, Greek fears
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell in afternoon trading Thursday following the release of a mixed report on the U.S. job market and news that Greek finances are deteriorating. Investors drove bond prices up in a bet that the Federal Reserve will be in no hurry to raise interest rates as wage growth stalled and many people gave up looking for work.

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Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.

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Police bosses in 137-shot barrage charged in black suburb
Posted: July 02, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that led to a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects have been charged with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.

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Hot-air balloons collide in Utah; pilot has minor burns
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:01 pm

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The pig couldn't fly, the cowboy got away, and the pilot's OK.

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Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
Posted: July 02, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican human rights group on Thursday released what it says are military documents that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected criminals who had surrendered.

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Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:01 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

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Last funeral for victim of Charleston shooting in Columbia
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:01 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last of the victims of the Charleston church shooting to be eulogized was remembered Thursday as a man known by the nickname "Super," who lived his life with a driving force to serve his fellow men and his God.

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