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WASHINGTON (AP) — The employment data being released today by the Labor Department is expected to be spotlighted by the Federal Reserve as it tracks various indicators of full economic health to determine when a short term interest rate hike is warranted. A FactSet survey finds economists predicting that employers added 215,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate will remain at 6.1 percent.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's chief executive may have said the magic words to make protesters vanish -- 'let's talk.' The crowds of pro-democracy protesters on the streets of Hong Kong dwindled sharply today after the territory's leader agreed to meet with their leaders over demands for electoral reforms. There was one brief scuffle with police.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's taken a very public scandal to produce one of the few moments of bipartisan unity on Capitol Hill. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have largely agreed on their response to security breaches at the Secret Service, which have raised questions about the president's safety. There were bipartisan calls for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation which happened this week, as well as the need for a wide-ranging independent investigation.

DALLAS (AP) — A hazardous material crew is expected to return today, with the proper permits, to the Dallas apartment of a woman confined under armed guard after a man infected with Ebola stayed at her home. Louise Troh says she's tired of being locked up. Her visitor was at first discharged from a hospital without being tested for the deadly virus, and authorities say that's widened the circle of people in the U.S. possibly exposed to the disease.

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — It won't affect anything happening this year, but Norway is considering a shakeup of the Nobel Peace Prize selection committee, in response to suggestions the pool of potential judges be extended to people from various walks of life and even non-Norwegians. This year's winner will be announced in about a week.

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