Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:58 am
The nation's jobless rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, but just 115,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
The job growth was well below expectations and has raised new questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.
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Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 3:19 pm
Update at 5:18 p.m. ET. He'll Be Back:
"I can't go out like this."
That's what Mariano Rivera told the AP about an injury that many thought could end the greatest closer in baseball history's career.
The AP reports that Rivera said he would be back on the mound by 2013.
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Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:17 am
The news that China's Foreign Ministry now says legal activist Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad could be an "elegant solution [of] a really difficult diplomatic problem," NPR's Louisa Lim reported earlier on Morning Edition.
Chen has "a letter of invitation" from New York University, she says.
Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:57 am
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