US labor market defies recession fears as job growth surges in July

Nonfarm payrolls increased 528,000 in July Unemployment rate falls to 3.5% from 3.6% in June Average hourly earnings rose 0.5%; up 5.2% year-on-year Participation rate falls to 62.1% from 62.2% in June WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – US job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, lifting the level of employment above its pre-pandemic level and pouring … Read more

Family criticizes Fairfax Co. police for fatally shooting man suffering from mental health crisis

Fairfax County police release bodycam video of July OIS Newly released bodycam footage shows Fairfax County police fatally shooting 26-year-old Jasper Aaron Lynch inside a McLean, Virginia residence. The visual, which was released Thursday by the department, begins with redacted 911 calls from the July 7 incident. FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Newly released bodycam footage … Read more

Jury finds Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million for Sandy Hook hoax claims

Aug 4 (Reuters) – US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre at least $4.1 million for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a Texas jury said on Thursday. The verdict followed a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, where Jones’ radio show and webcast … Read more

US charges four Kentucky police officers in Breonna Taylor killing

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – US prosecutors on Thursday charged four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers for their roles in the botched 2020 raid that killed Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was in her home, in a case that sparked nationwide protests. The charges represented the Justice Department’s latest effort to crack … Read more

US weekly jobless claims increase, but labor market remains tight

Weekly jobless claims increase 6,000 to 260,000 Continuing claims rose 48,000 to 1,416 million Trade deficit shrinks 6.2% to $79.6 billion in June WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased last week, suggesting some softening in the labor market, although overall conditions remain tight. That was … Read more

Parkland shooting trial: Jurors to visit shooting site on victim Joaquin Oliver’s 22nd birthday

The visit, Judge Elizabeth Scherer explained to jurors Wednesday, is meant to help them analyze the evidence presented so far in the trial of Nikolas Cruz, who faces either the death penalty or life in prison after pleading guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. The jury view Thursday comes … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Tencent seeks bigger stake in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ maker Ubisoft -sources

HONG KONG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) plans to raise its stake in French video game group Ubisoft Entertainment SA (UBIP.PA) as the Chinese gaming giant pivots to the global gaming market, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. China’s largest social network and gaming firm, which bought a … Read more

Stocks steady as markets bet on hefty Bank of England hike

Market bets on 50bp hike by Bank of England Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil rebounds from six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit Credit Agricole sees profits jump LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Strong earnings at Credit Agricole and Lufthansa lifted stocks on Thursday as tension over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan … Read more

Fed officials beat inflation drum; 50-basis-point rate hike ‘reasonable’ next month

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve officials voiced their determination again on Wednesday to rein in high inflation, although one noted a half-percentage-point hike in the US central bank’s key interest rate next month might be enough to march towards that goal. “I start from the idea that 50 (basis points) would be a reasonable … Read more

Wall Street rallies on economic data, crude falls as stockpiles jump

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) – US stocks jumped to a sharply higher close and Treasury yields touched two-week highs on Wednesday as robust economic data, upbeat corporate guidance and easing geopolitical concerns boosted investor risk appetite. Front-month crude futures dropped following a report that US stockpiles of crude and gasoline unexpectedly surged last week. … Read more