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Boehner to appoint select Benghazi committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Friday declared he would schedule a vote to create a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, escalating a political battle that has raged since the final days of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.


Pennsylvania fights paying Jerry Sandusky's pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In an effort to keep from paying a pension to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Pennsylvania's retirement system is disputing his employment status at the time he was arrested on child molestation charges and later convicted.


U.S. job growth jumps, but shrinking labor force a blemish

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers hired workers at the fastest clip in more than two years in April, pointing to a rebound in economic growth after a dreadful winter and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to end bond purchases this year. The brightening outlook was, however, tempered somewhat by a sharp increase in the number of people dropping out of the labor force, which pushed the unemployment rate to a 5-1/2 year low of 6.3 percent. "It lends significant legitimacy to the positive tone in the wide array of post-February economic reports, which have all been consistently pointing to a significant pick-up in economic growth momentum this quarter," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. About 806,000 people dropped out of the labor force in April, unwinding the previous months' gains.


Obama, Merkel threaten broader Russia sanctions

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened tougher and broader new sanctions against Russia on Friday if Moscow doesn't quickly change its disruptive behavior.


U.S. House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi

The U.S. House of Representatives' Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted Kerry to answer questions about the State Department's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack. Issa, a California Republican, said the State Department has not fully complied with previous subpoenas for documents related to the attack on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. Separately, House Speaker John Boehner, said he intends for the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the Benghazi incident.


Alaska troopers killed had been on TV police show

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Geographic Channel says two Alaska State Troopers who were shot and killed in a remote village had been featured on a show about patrolling the state's wild terrain, but they were not filming at the time of their deaths.

US gains 288k jobs, most in 2 years; rate 6.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.


Sinn Fein demands Adams go free in Belfast killing

The senior Sinn Fein politician in Northern Ireland's unity government has demanded the immediate release of his party leader, Gerry Adams, as police investigate the IRA's 1972 killing of a Belfast mother of 10.


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