WASHINGTON (AP) — Some economists say it appears the U.S. economy is inoculated from weaknesses plaguing financial markets around the world this week. Employers added 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent. But investors still have some jitters due to sluggishness in China and sagging oil prices. The Dow and S&P had their worst week since September 2011.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has overcome some of its international embarrassment by recapturing the world's most-wanted drug lord for a third time. Mexican marines who killed five people were able to once again nab Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Six months ago he escaped a maximum security prison through an elaborate tunnel.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security and Justice Departments plan to operate a new task force focused on domestic efforts to prevent violent extremism. It will be staffed by representatives from the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center and other departments and agencies. The State Department is overhauling an existing anti-terror program that works with governments and non-governmental groups overseas.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have honored civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer (DAY'-mur) Sr. today, 50 years after he was killed when the Ku Klux Klan firebombed his home near Hattiesburg for registering black voters. In an interview after a ceremony today in Jackson, Dahmer's son Dennis said he's concerned about new barriers to voting rights in Mississippi and other states.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin work next week to temporarily raise the banks along nearly three miles of the Los Angeles River. It's normally just a trickle. But it's roared back to life because of recent intense rains from El Nino storms. Barriers something like giant sandbags will increase the river's capacity in a stretch north of downtown.