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Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states

The state's jobs report showed OH lost more than 13,000 goods-producing jobs from March to April. Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the.4% decrease in Alabama's unemployment rate from March 2017 to April 2017 tied with Tennessee for the highest rate decrease in the nation. Read More »

A look at Pippa Middleton's high-society wedding

They're the most talked about children on the planet and Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a big part to play in their aunt Pippa's wedding day. Celebrity guests included 18-times grand slam tennis champion Roger Federer and the fashion editor of British Vogue magazine. Pippa Middleton wore a custom wedding gown designed by Giles Deacon, a long veil by prominent hat-maker Stephen Jones, and a sparkly tiara. Read More »

'Zero' Russia collusion; 'whole thing has been a witch hunt'

According to a document summarising the meeting which was read by an official to The New York Times , Trump said: "I just fired the head of the F.B.I. Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller's findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution. Read More »

Philippines Proposes 'Gentleman's Agreement' with China on South China Sea

Asked whether the agreement would be binding, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters: "I can not give you a definite answer now". In remarks that could infuriate China , Duterte hit back on Friday at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award previous year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Read More »

Basquiat painting fetches record $110.5M at auction


It had been expected to go for about $40 million. The record-breaking painting, described by Sotheby's as a " searing, talismanic rendering of a skull ", was done in oil stick, acrylic and spray paint. Only 10 works of art have sold at auction for more than $100 million. This undated photo provided by Yusaku Maezawa via Sotheby's shows Yusaku Maezawa , who bought Jean-Michel Basquiat's Masterpiece " Untitled ", on May 18, 2017. Read More »

Kuwait Seeks Oil Cuts in 2018

The two-day meeting, called the Economic Commission Board, was scheduled to finish on Thursday but will conclude later on Friday, two OPEC sources said. Hedge funds and other major speculators that were aggressively betting on a strong crude price rally right until February 21, the point at which they held historic high net long positions in ICE Brent and Nymex WTI crude futures, had unwound more than 40% of that length as of May 9 and are regarded to have retreated to the sidelines for the ... Read More »

Growth at Snapchat Stalls in First Quarterly Report


Just a week earlier, Facebook posted double-digit revenue growth for the first quarter - much as it has consistently since its initial public offering in 2012. Among those expenses, CEO Evan Spiegel received a $750 million bonus for taking the company public. Snapchat , on the other hand, tried to go the feature-rich way by offering "stories", "discover" and other non-messaging features that don't necessarily appeal to the demographic that it now rules over - millennials. Read More »

Indian Navy rescues merchant vessel from pirates in Gulf of Aden


According to a media statement released by the Navy, at 16.54 hour, INS Sharda received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten in position 230 NM (nautical miles) south-west of Salalah. As soon as INS Sharda arrived at the location three of the skiffs "fled the area at high speeds on sighting the warship". One automatic Kalashnikov rifle and 28 rounds of magazines were also recovered from one of the dhows, he said. Read More »

Indian Navy foils piracy attempt in Gulf of Aden


A team of MARCOS from INS Sharda, with support from an armed helicopter, investigated the boats that were left. As per the report by The Indian Express, INS Sharda arrived at the spot at 1900 hours where it detected eight skiffs in vicinity, three of which fled the area at high speed on sighting the warship. Read More »

Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package

The most tangible agreement between the two leaders was the $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that is effective immediately and could expand up to $350 billion over 10 years. It was also reported on Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had identified a current White House adviser close to Trump as a person of interest in its probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

Oil prices climb on hopes output cuts will be extended


But market watchers are growing more confident that OPEC, Russia and other big producers will extend cuts of nearly 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of March 2018. Douglas Rachlin, the managing director at Neuberger Berman's Rachlin Group, said on Wednesday at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas that "Saudi Arabia and OPEC are no longer in control". Read More »

White House removes video showing Israel with pre-1967 borders


Even Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been managing the administration's relationship with Israel over the past few months, has generated some skepticism among hard-liners, despite the fact the he is Jewish, has known Netanyahu for many years and his family has helped fund Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Read More »

Severe storms move out of Texas, into Oklahoma and Arkansas


Counties included in the watch, in effect until 11 p.m., are Benton, Carroll, Washington, Madison, Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin. "Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains". Read More »

Perdue Weigh in on NAFTA Renegotiations

President Donald Trump's administration is moving forward with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, and several Democrats from the MI delegation are hoping they keep Congress in the loop throughout the process. According to the website Investopedia, "While thousands of US auto workers undoubtedly lost their jobs as a result of NAFTA, they might have fared worse without it". Read More »

Polls show Britain's Conservatives losing ground as policies set out

Labour's support appears to have been buoyed up by the double burst of publicity for its election manifesto - at the time of its leak and its official launch - in which it unveiled popular policies to nationalise railways, raise spending on public services and maintain the pensions "triple lock". Read More »

Oil at one-month high, supply-cut extension expected

To rebalance the market and to help the prices surge again, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) made a decision to cut the oil production for the first time in eight years. Li Li, energy research director at ICIS China, attributed Friday's advance to pre-meeting optimism, but said she doesn't "expect prices to jump hugely from the current trading range". Read More »

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Reinstate NC's Strict Voter-ID Law

The law , which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature enacted, required voters to show a photo ID, reduced the number of early-voting days, and eliminated same-day registration, among other restrictions. Some of these have been permitted by judges and others amended, while some have been struck down by judges who ruled they were created to discriminate against minorities. Read More »

Melania Trump decision on headscarf draws notice


King Salman gave Trump a remarkably warm greeting, meeting him at the steps of Air Force One on arrival, shaking the hand of Trump's wife, Melania, riding with Trump in his limousine and spending most of the day with him. The first leg of the trip is likely to be the easiest - Saudi leaders are keen to work with an administration they see as more in line with their goals. Read More »

Trump Called Comey 'Nut Job;' Russia Probe Identifies Current White House Staffer

The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump's quote. Moreover, Trump reportedly has kept in touch with at least one former associate who is under active criminal investigation by the FBI. It's unclear how the White House believes Comey politicized the case, but he testified publicly that the probe was ongoing a week before he was sacked. Read More »