Applications for US unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000


WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that the job market remains healthy.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to take down "Obamacare," more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.


  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments


The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.


  • Written by By MESFIN FEKADU , AP Music Writer

20 GOP House members urge Speaker Ryan to act on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen House Republicans on Thursday pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

  • Written by By LUIS ALONSO LUGO , Associated Press

Saudi Arabia: 201 detained in sweep over $100B in corruption


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it has detained 201 people as part of a sweeping probe, estimating that at least $100 billion has been misused through embezzlement and corruption in past decades.

  • Written by By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY , Associated Press