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Global shares lower ahead of closely watched US jobs report

TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were mostly lower in nervous trading Friday ahead of a closely watched U.S. jobs-report that may influence interest rate decisions and the value of the U.S. dollar.

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Friday 05/06/2016
Gucci sorry for warning to Hong Kong funeral offering shops
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 3:03 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Gucci and its parent company apologized Friday after drawing heavy criticism for warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased that resembled the fashion brand's luxury products.

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 3:03 am

KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) — With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning.

LGBT community braces for impact of new counseling law
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:48 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roddy Biggs was 13 and depressed, and had been seeing a therapist for six months before he revealed something he had denied even to himself: He was gay.

Rio Tinto announces long-delayed expansion of Mongolia mine
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:48 am

BEIJING (AP) — Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced the launch of the next stage of a multibillion-dollar goal and copper mine in Mongolia following lengthy negotiations and political tension over the role of foreign companies in resource industries.

Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:48 am

Hundreds of mourners will gather Friday to remember an 11-year-old girl who was killed after being abducted along her school bus route on the Navajo Nation.

Lawyers, judge to discuss slayings of young Muslims
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:32 am

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys in North Carolina are scheduled to meet with a judge to discuss the case of a man accused of killing a Muslim couple and one of their relatives.

Islanders look for win amid improved play against Lightning
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a disappointing overtime loss in their last game, the New York Islanders were pleased with their improved play.

North Carolina GOP convention follows dismissal of chairman
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party leaders are anxious to increase harmony within the ranks at this weekend's state convention heading into what points to a perilous — or at least extraordinary — presidential election year for the GOP.

In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:03 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as "Gracious," ''Warm-Hearted" and "Magical."

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

Obama administration proposes rules aimed at tax evasion
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclose more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers.

Democratic advertising blitz awaits GOP's Trump
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Donald Trump swatted away his Republican presidential rivals, his likely Democratic opponent and her allies began laying traps for him.

AP Analysis: For Republicans fearing Trump, Ryan offers out
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:46 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within the span of a single hour, Donald Trump gave Republicans wary of his presidential nomination yet another reason to worry — and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to give them a way out.

Trump eyes general election amid Republican backlash
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just days into his tenure as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump is brushing off a stinging rebuke from the GOP's top elected official while vowing to unite a fractured party.

Bangladesh professor under 24-hour armed guard after threats
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:15 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — After a Dhaka University professor asked a woman to remove her veil during his class, Muslim extremists called for his death, posting his personal details online along with tips on how to kill. Today, he remains under constant guard by armed police, stays mostly at home and bars his front door.

SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:03 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite.

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:31 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services ground to a halt in Greece Friday as workers walked off the job at the start of a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures they say will further reduce incomes, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government.

US jobs report will show if hiring is still defying slow GDP
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have been hiring at a healthy clip for six months even as the economy has slowed to an anemic pace. Friday's jobs report for April will help answer a key question:

Quotations in the News
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:31 am

"I have never had such happiness like this in my life." — Truck driver Stephen Onyango, after his wife, 24-year-old Elizabeth Night Odhiambo, was found alive in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Tampa Times' buying of Tribune latest in grim news landscape
Posted: May 06, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — If a metro area with 2.7 million people can't sustain two newspapers — especially with an aging population with the time and inclination to read a printed paper — can anywhere?

LA's Getty museum recreates China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a thousand years China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler's rest stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality.

Aquino's pick for Philippine president banks on clean image
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 12:47 am

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S.-educated investment banker and the richest Philippine presidential aspirant, Mar Roxas lacks the dramatic life stories of his rivals, including a tough-talking mayor with a public vow to dump criminals in Manila Bay and a foundling who made it big in politics.

Pentagon spokesman says deadly IS attack was a surprise
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 12:22 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State attack on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq that killed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was a surprise that, if anticipated, might have turned out differently, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

Thursday 05/05/2016
Rea takes no-hit bid into 7th; Padres beat Mets 5-3
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 12:12 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The shift helped keep Colin Rea's no-hit bid going into the seventh inning, and then a shift cost the right-hander a chance at the San Diego Padres' ever-elusive gem.

Colombian fisherman reunited with family after weeks adrift
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 12:12 am

HONOLULU (AP) — A Colombian fisherman has been reunited with his wife and family after spending two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, an ordeal that he says left his three shipmates dead.

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 11:47 pm

JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) — The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms.

Retaining wall, parking lot collapse onto businesses below
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 11:47 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A concrete retaining wall supporting a surface parking lot has collapsed in Pennsylvania onto two businesses below.

US Army helps set up base camps on Alaska's Denali
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 1:16 am

KAHILTNA GLACIER, Alaska (AP) — Three U.S. Army Chinook helicopters the size of city buses ascend higher and higher in the Alaska Range, following the 44-mile long Kahiltna Glacier, which from above resembles a frozen, mile-wide white ribbon of ice cutting through craggy mountains.

Undeterred by rescues, novelist ready to set sail again
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 10:48 pm

A novelist who was rescued twice from storm-battered sailboats is embarking on a new adventure.

Kerry to address 25,000 at Northeastern graduation
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 10:33 pm

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Northeastern University.

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