US unemployment claims slide by 14,000 to 246,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.


  • Written by PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer

More than 120 injured in fire at Philippines factory complex

GENERAL TRIAS, Philippines (AP) — More than 120 workers, including two Japanese, were injured and at least one was missing in a fire at a huge factory south of the Philippine capital that sent thousands of employees running to safety, an official said Thursday.


Romania's leader aims to annul graft law as unconstitutional

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said Thursday he will ask judges to declare unconstitutional an emergency government decree that dilutes what qualifies as corruption, after hundreds of thousands of people protested the measure.

  • Written by ALISON MUTLER , Associated Press