US sanctions have a weak spot: tiny allies like Latvia

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — When the U.S. hit North Korea with sanctions last year, Pyongyang's state-owned banks found a quiet backchannel to keep money flowing to the country's ballistic missile programs, the U.S. says: the tiny European country of Latvia.

  • Written by By CARLO PIOVANO , Associated Press

St. Paul archdiocese to pay $210M to clergy abuse victims

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced a $210 million settlement Thursday with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making this the second-largest payout in the scandal that rocked the nation's Roman Catholic Church.

  • Written by By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI , Associated Press

US gains 223K jobs; unemployment at 3.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

North Koreans to meet Trump; deliver letter from leader

NEW YORK (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un was en route to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting "good progress" in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.

  • Written by By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press