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US weekly jobless claims rise WASHINGTON: New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, a day ahead of the much-anticipated September job market report.Initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, rose by 10,000 to 277,000 in the week ending September 26.The weekly claims reading has remained below 300,000 since March as the labor market steadily improves. The four-week moving average, which helps strip out volatility, fell by 1,000 to 270,750. A year ago the average was 296,250."The improving trend suggests US businesses are taking the volatility in financial markets and concerns about the global economy in stride," said Ryan Sweet of Moody's Analytics."New and continuing claims suggest that the job market continues to tighten quickly and that full employment may be closer than we anticipate," Sweet said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Hurricane Joaquin gains strength en route to Bahamas MIAMI: Hurricane Joaquin gained strength Wednesday as it headed toward the Bahamas with powerful winds and torrential rain, the US National Hurricane Center said.It was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour, located about 215 miles east-northeast of the island chain.At 1100 GMT, the Category One storm was moving southwestward at six miles per hour.The Bahamas issued a hurricane warning for people to brace for heavy winds and rains.The NHC said ...

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US House Republicans to vote Oct. 8 for new leaders WASHINGTON: Republicans in the US House of Representatives will hold leadership elections on Oct. 8, House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday, moving speedily to get a new team in place to deal with a series of fiscal challenges ahead. "After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week. With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, ...

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After warm White House welcome, pope heads to Congress WASHINGTON: After bonding with US President Barack Obama on progressive themes like climate change, Pope Francis on Thursday addresses Congress, where conservatives embrace his moral authority but are less comfortable with the pontiff's more political preachings.On his first full day in the United States, Francis was greeted with pomp and ceremony at the White House Wednesday, then crisscrossed Washington to huddle with bishops, greet ecstatic well-wishers, conduct mass and elevate a Franciscan friar to sainthood.He ...

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Muslim Americans welcome first NY Eid school holiday NEW YORK: New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in America's largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid al-Adha.It is a small but hard-won victory at a time when American Muslims complain of growing Islamophobia and worsening anti-Muslim rhetoric following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.For the first time, more than 1,800 public schools in New York will close for the Muslim feast of ...

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Obama to offer pope heartfelt White House welcome WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House for the first time Wednesday, warmly embracing the Catholic pontiff seen as both a moral authority and potent political ally.The packed and bedecked South Lawn will echo to strains of the Pontifical Anthem and a thundering 21-gun salute, as the 78-year-old is afforded a full ceremonial welcome on his historic maiden visit to the United States.Washington -- a city that ordinarily shrugs its ...

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Arizona police nab suspect in highway shootings LOS ANGELES: Police in the southwestern US state of Arizona said late Friday that they caught a suspect in a spate of shootings targeting motorists on a busy freeway."We got him!" read a tweet from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.A SWAT team from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) "is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago.""Subject is in custody because the weapon that he owned is forensically linked to ...