US adds a strong 242,000 jobs; rate holds at low 4.9 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 242,000 workers in February as retailers, restaurants and health care providers drove another solid month for the resilient American job market. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.9 percent.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Rare Death Valley "super bloom" carpets desert with color

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rare "super bloom" of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature's paint brush.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Bundy, 18 others indicted in 2014 range standoff in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities rounded up 12 people in five states on Thursday, bringing to 19 the number of defendants facing conspiracy, assault and threats charges in a 2014 armed standoff over grazing cattle on U.S. land near renegade cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch in southern Nevada.

  • Written by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press KEN RITTER, Associated Press

Critics: Video shows need to reform Baltimore school police

Child advocacy groups demanded reform of Baltimore public school police policies as city police conducted a criminal investigation Thursday into a cellphone video showing an officer slapping and kicking a young man inside a school.

  • Written by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press