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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is rebounding from a dismal start to the year. The government says employers added 223,000 jobs in April. The solid job growth helped lower the unemployment rate to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March, the lowest rate since May 2008. That drove the stock market to its best day in two months. The Dow jumped 267 points, or 1.5 percent today.
MIAMI (AP) — There's a tropical storm warning in effect for parts of North and South Carolina as Ana approaches the U.S. coast, kicking up rough surf and rip currents. Ana's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph but are expected to strengthen. Rain is a big concern. Ana is expected to deliver 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend, with some areas getting up to 6 inches.
UNDATED (AP) — Storm-weary residents in Texas and the Plaines are bracing for more of the same this weekend. Strong storms that spawned several tornadoes dumped rain overnight, flooding roads. It was the second straight night of bad weather. More than 50 tornadoes struck the region on Wednesday. Forecasters say conditions are ripe for even stronger storms tonight and tomorrow.
DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) — All four people aboard a small plane that crashed on an Atlanta interstate today are dead. The Piper PA-32 dropped from the sky, grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer and burst into flames after it slammed into a median. Officials say the plane took off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport this morning and ran into trouble not long afterward.
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama is now the fourth president to have set foot in every U.S. state. Obama spoke today at a community college in South Dakota, his 50th state. President Richard Nixon did the tour in less than three years. President George H.W. Bush completed it in one term. It took Obama nearly six-and-a-half years to cover the entire U.S. while in office.
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