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European leaders reject migrant quotas...Are the licenses valid?...Few clues in jobs report

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.



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BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — Leaders of four European nations are rejecting any quota system for accepting migrants in the European Union's 28 members. Europe is staggering under an enormous surge of migrants this year, over 332,000 so far. In a joint statement, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia say the response of EU nations needs to be "voluntary." Germany expects to accept 800,000 migrants this year and is pressing other EU nations to do more.

UNDATED (AP) — Amnesty International says angry Greeks brandishing bats have attacked migrants on the island of Kos shouting "Go back to your countries!" — and that Greek police did not intervene quickly enough. The rights group is urging Greek and European authorities to swiftly improve what it calls the "hellish" conditions faced by thousands of migrants awaiting screening on the island. The group says up to 4,000 migrants are on the island, which they reach in small boats from nearby Turkey, and that the situation is dire.

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As the county clerk, Kim Davis' signature usually appears on marriage licenses. But as she sits in a Kentucky jail, her deputy clerks are handing out licenses with no signature. The Rowan County attorney and lawyers for the gay couples who have sued to get marriage licenses say they are legal and valid despite the lack of a signature. Davis was jailed yesterday by a federal judge because she refuses to issue licenses to gay couples. When the judge was asked yesterday about the possibility that the licenses wouldn't be valid without a signature, he said it was up to the gay couples to take that chance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists say today's jobs report for August provides very little guidance on whether the Federal Reserve will start to raise interest rates this month. The unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent. But hiring in August was the slowest in five months, with 173,000 new jobs. The report appears neither strong enough nor weak enough to tilt the Fed either way.

NEW YORK (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration screener has been charged with stealing a passenger's $7,000 diamond watch from a plastic bin at a Kennedy Airport security checkpoint. Authorities say video shows Margo Grant-Louree picking up the watch and walking away with it last week. They say she told investigators she got nervous and destroyed the watch after she saw co-workers searching for it. She was arraigned last night on charges of grand larceny and official misconduct. And she no longer works for the TSA.

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