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US jobless claims edge downward

WASHINGTON — US jobless claims fell by 22,000 last week, official figures showed Thursday, pointing to an improving labor market. Claims fell to 391,000 for the week ending February 19, a level which if sustained, would indicate a definite improvement of the jobs market, a Labor Department official said. Economists…

AP-GfK polls show Obama losing independents

AP-GfK polls show a bad economy is turning independents against Obama and other Democrats. Independents who embraced President Barack Obama’s call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that’s worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say…

Porn actor jumps off cliff after samurai sword murder

A porn actor wanted for allegedly murdering a co-worker with a samurai-style sword died after jumping from a cliff edge following a standoff with Los Angeles police, police said. Stephen Hill plunged around 50 feet off a sheer rock face after being stunned with a Taser by Los Angeles Police…

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