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Positive jobs numbers...Bias prompts San Francisco case reviews...Tropical storm

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 8, 2015 at 3:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Job growth last month has helped lower the unemployment rate to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March. That's the lowest rate since May 2008. The Labor Department reports that employers added 223,000 jobs in April. The numbers were vitamins for investors. The Dow gained 267points.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — President Barack Obama has campaigned today at Nike headquarters in Oregon for a Trans-Pacific trade agreement that would open up commerce among the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Obama conceded that labor and some Democrats are "skeptical about trade." He insists the agreement "is in American's best interest."

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the backing of city leaders, police and the community, the Justice Department will conduct a civil rights investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. It follows protests and violent unrest over the death of a man from severe injuries suffered while in custody. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says police-community relations one are one of the most challenging issues of our time.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors say they have already dismissed eight criminal cases as a result of racist and homophobic text messages involving 14 city police officers. Prosecutors are reviewing an additional 3,000 cases because of the text messages. Three former judges are part of a review group. The texts also included repeated use of the phrase "white power."

MIAMI (AP) — Mother's Day outfits in parts of the Southeast may have to include umbrellas. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ana will generate up to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. It's been nearly stationary today about 165 miles south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is expected to move north-northwest overnight. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the Carolinas.

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