Chinese maker of Ivanka Trump shoes denies labor violations


SHANGHAI (AP) — A Chinese company that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands denied allegations Thursday of excessive overtime and low wages made by three activists who have been arrested or disappeared.

  • Written by ERIKA KINETZ , Associated Press

US jobless claims rose to 248,000 last week


WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the second straight week of increases, though levels remain historically low.


Afghans mourn a day after massive truck bombing kills 90

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans mourned the loss of family members, friends and colleagues on Thursday, a day after a massive truck bomb exploded in the capital, leaving at least 90 people dead and more than 450 others wounded in one of the worst extremist attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

  • Written by RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH , Associated Press

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in besieged city


MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine bomber plane accidentally killed 11 soldiers and injured seven others, security officials said Thursday, as troops struggled to end a bloody siege by 500 Islamic State group-aligned extremists in a southern city, one of the boldest militant attacks in Southeast Asia in years.

  • Written by JIM GOMEZ , Associated Press

Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1


CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) — Rescue crews are scouring the rubble of a corn mill plant for two employees following an explosion that killed at least one person and injured about a dozen others in southern Wisconsin, authorities said Thursday.