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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury in St. Paul has reconvened for a third day to deliberate whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir.
New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits tumbled to an eight-year low last week, pointing to a firming labor market, according to official data released Thursday. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled 284,000 in the week ending July 19, down 19,000 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. The report gave further evidence of improvement in the labor market amid steady job growth that pushed the unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent in June, from 7.5 percent a year earlier.