US added modest 103K jobs in March; rate stays 4.1 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of robust gains, though the government's overall jobs report suggests that the labor market remains fundamentally healthy.


Stocks slip again after US proposes more China tariffs


NEW YORK (AP) — Another increase in trade tensions has stocks reversing course and falling again Friday morning as the U.S. considers an even larger set of tariffs on imports from China. Stocks have tumbled and then climbed this week as investors tried to get a sense of whether a trade dispute between the two nations will escalate, an outcome that could have major consequences for the global economy. Meanwhile the Labor Department said U.S. employers hired fewer workers than expected in March.

  • Written by By MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

Ex-S. Korean leader Park gets 24-year prison term


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was formally convicted of an array of corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday, a year after she was driven from office and arrested over a scandal that saw months of massive street rallies calling for her ouster.

  • Written by By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press

UK hospital: Ex-spy Skripal no longer in critical condition


LONDON (AP) — Ex-spy Sergei Skripal is improving rapidly and is no longer in critical condition, a British health official said Friday, a month after he and his daughter were poisoned with a rare nerve agent that triggered a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West.