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Ceasefire in Yemen...Oklahoma conditions improve...Unemployment applications still low

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 7, 2015 at 6:51 a.m.



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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced a five-day ceasefire in Yemen's war to allow delivery of aid to civilians in need. The Saudi foreign minister made the announcement at a news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry. It means the Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries will cease airstrikes in Yemen. And the Saudis say they hope rebels backed by Iran will halt attacks on the ground. Aid groups say millions of Yemenis are in need of food, fuel and medicine.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says road conditions have normalized after the state was hit by floods and tornados. Lt. John Vincent says troopers responded to a high volume of emergency calls overnight but that there were no reports of fatalities. He said all of the vehicles that were stranded or washed off of the road have been checked by troopers, who are back on regular patrol. At least 12 people were injured after twisters swept across the southern Plains. The Oklahoma City area seemed to the hardest hit, with multiple reports of tornadoes and flooding.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of unemployment applications is at its lowest level in 15 years, when measured by the four-week average. Slightly more Americans applied for benefits last week, but the average from the last four weeks fell to 279,500. The total number of people receiving benefits is also at its lowest level in nearly 15 years.

TOANO, Virginia (AP) — Lumber Liquidators is suspending the sale of all laminate flooring made in China. The move comes a week after the company disclosed that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the specialty retailer in an investigation over imported products. The CBS news show "60 Minutes" reported in March that the company's laminate flooring made in China contained high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde.

LONDON (AP) — Neither the Conservative Party of Prime Minister David Cameron nor the rival Labor Party is expected to win a majority of the 650 seats in Parliament in today's elections. Many voters are turning elsewhere -- chiefly to the separatist Scottish National Party, which will dominate north of the border, and the anti-immigrant U.K. Independence party. Cameron and other party leaders were out early to vote in the country's closest election in decades.

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