US adds a modest 164,000 jobs; unemployment down to 3.9 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy's resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about a possible trade war.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

No Nobel literature prize this year but 2 prizes in 2019

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Following weeks of internal bickering, sex-abuse allegations and a financial investigation by police, the body that hands out the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature announced Friday that no prize will be awarded this year.

  • Written by By JAN M. OLSEN , Associated Press

For Yemeni mothers, skipped meals and gnawing stomachs

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — The young mother stepped onto the scale for the doctor. Even with all her black robes on, she weighed only 84 pounds — 38 kilograms. Umm Mizrah is pregnant, but starving herself to feed her children.

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  • Written by By MAGGIE MICHAEL , Associated Press

More women accuse Rose; some say they alerted CBS managers

NEW YORK (AP) — With 27 more women alleging former news anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, a report Thursday calls into question CBS News' claims that his behavior was a surprise before he was fired last November.

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  • Written by By DAVID BAUDER , AP Media Writer

Texas officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways

HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — Evelyn and Jerome Matula were still polka-dancing newlyweds in 1950 when they spotted a half-finished cottage in the woods along the San Jacinto River east of Houston. It seemed idyllic, with panoramic views and a sandy path to the river, where their three children and later their grandchildren fished. Now, the retired refinery worker and former educator fear their kin were poisoned by carcinogenic dioxin in the fish and well water.

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  • Written by By LISE OLSEN of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE