WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election. The Labor Department says employers
By NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) - He had the trust of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals, monsignors and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church. And because of his privileged position as papal butler, he had access to their deepest secrets: confidential letters, memos,
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.
The rate dropped from 8.
By ED WHITEAssociated Press
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A man charged in a series of fatal stabbings in Michigan in 2010 won't face additional trials after receiving a life sentence, a prosecutor said Friday, citing the high cost of bringing each case to court.
Relatives of some victims said they
By LORI HINNANTAssociated Press
PARIS (AP) - French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West.
It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their
By JILL LAWLESSAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terror suspects who fought for years to avoid facing charges in the United States lost their grounds for appeal and were flown to the U.S. from Britain late Friday, officials said.
The U.S. Embassy
By CURT ANDERSONAssociated Press
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - I'm not afraid of heights, or flying, or thrill rides. So I didn't hesitate to take a parasail ride for an Associated Press story about the activity's lack of safety regulations.
Equipped with a small video camera, I was
By KARIN LAUBAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian military opened a second urban front Friday, attacking the rebel stronghold of Homs with the most intense artillery barrage in months and putting opposition fighters there and in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, increasingly on the
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Budget experts are questioning how the Republican candidate will be
By GEIR MOULSONAssociated Press
BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Greece next week for the first time since the debt crisis erupted to meet the country's prime minister - who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't