US adds a robust 255K jobs; unemployment stays 4.9 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence amid sluggish economic growth that points to a resilient economy.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Obama: US doesn't pay ransom for hostages, $400 million sent to Iran wasn't secret

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously denies that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was ransom to secure the release of four Americans jailed in Tehran. He defended the transaction as evidence that the nuclear accord with Iran has allowed for progress on other matters.

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

Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still be inspired to launch attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Jury: Ex-officer should serve 2 1/2 years for manslaughter

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A jury recommended 2 1/2 years in prison for a white former police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who had been accused of shoplifting.

  • Written by BEN FINLEY, Associated Press

UN bungles response to Africa's yellow fever outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than 6 million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about 1 million doses had mysteriously disappeared.

  • Written by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press