British data prompts global bond sell-off; Wall Street falls
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the biggest daily sell-off in government debt for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut. The bond sell-off gained momentum in the United States after upbeat jobless claims data pointed to another robust nonfarm payrolls number next week. Wall Street closed lower, dipping in a choppy session after the latest round of earnings reports. ...
Obama shortens 98 inmates' sentences, bringing total to 862WASHINGTON (AP) ? Ninety-eight federal inmates will return home sooner than expected after President Barack Obama commuted their sentences on Thursday, part of a clemency push that has sped up dramatically in Obama's final months.
Health law consumers face least choice in program's history
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.
With staff cuts, Twitter sees road to profit
Still losing money and without a merger partner, Twitter said Thursday it sees a path to profitability as the struggling social network unveiled job cuts as part of a reorganization. The messaging platform said it would cut nine percent of its workforce after another money-losing quarter, but suggested it could reach profitability for the first time next year. "We have a clear plan, and we're making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth," chief executive Jack Dorsey said.
Wisconsin student accused of assaulting 4 more women
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A University of Wisconsin-Madison student already accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment after a date this month was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting four other women since early 2015.
Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? YouTube has emerged as a break-out star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers looking for amusement, news and music on their smartphones.
Police begin arresting pipeline protesters in North Dakota
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Armed soldiers and law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear on Thursday began arresting protesters who had set up a camp on private land to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Mom says noose leaves life-changing emotional scar on son
WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) ? A black 15-year-old in Mississippi shook in fear as he described how white schoolmates put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight, leaving no physical scars but perhaps a life-changing emotional wound, his mother said Thursday.
Parole considered for Charles Manson's 'right-hand man'SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California officials are considering whether the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson should be released from prison. It would come 47 years after he orchestrated the killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others.
Judge lets Flint residents' lawsuit against state move ahead
LANSING, Mich. (AP) ? A Michigan judge ruled in favor of Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state and state officials over the city's lead-contaminated water, rejecting a motion to dismiss the case entirely.