US gains 215,000 jobs in March, unemployment rises to 5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail and health care industries.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Gray whale puts on show at Southern California beach

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Pacific gray whale put on a show at Southern California's Redondo Beach, popping its huge head out of the waves and rolling around in the surf.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

California, New York poised to raise minimum wage to $15

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and New York are poised to become the highest-paid minimum-wage states in the nation after governors for both reached deals with lawmakers to raise the lowest amount a worker can be paid to a record-shattering $15 an hour.

  • Written by ALISON NOON, Associated Press JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

5 construction officials held over Indian overpass collapse

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indian police on Friday detained five officials of a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80.

  • Written by RISHI LEKHI, Associated Press RISHABH R. JAIN, Associated Press

George Mason University becomes a favorite of Charles Koch

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — George Mason University, a public school outside the nation's capital, has quietly become a conservative powerhouse in economics and law, a reputation built in part with tens of millions of dollars a year from billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press