US added a healthy 227K jobs last month; rate up to 4.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job market.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

AP source: US preparing new Iran sanctions over missile test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Iran, U.S. officials say, in the first punitive action since the White House put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile.

  • Written by VIVIAN SALAMA and MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press

Man shot, wounded after attacking soldiers outside Louvre

PARIS (AP) — A knife-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" attacked French soldiers on patrol near the Louvre Museum Friday in what officials described as a suspected terror attack. The soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker and then opened fire, shooting him five times.

  • Written by JOHN LEICESTER, RAPHAEL SATTER and ANGELA CHARLTON , Associated Press

Israeli settler group brushes off Trump settlement warning

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli settlers on Friday downplayed White House criticism of settlement construction, instead looking forward to Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, while Palestinians said the settlers' hard-line stance — with the new U.S. administration's blessing — could spell the end to a two-state solution to the conflict.

  • Written by IAN DEITCH , Associated Press