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It marked the end of a year in which the state's unemployment rate dropped sharply over the six months before increasingly slightly and declining again in the final quarter. Over the year, Construction has added 8,500 (+5.7%) jobs. Most of the increase occurred in non-durable goods manufacturing , which added 1,200 jobs in December 2017.
  • Livestream: Jacinda Ardern speaks on pregnancy

    Livestream: Jacinda Ardern speaks on pregnancy

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    Former Prime Minister Helen Clark was among the first of many to congratulate Jacinda Ardern on her pregnancy. "We're both really happy". "I will make arrangements for appropriate ministers to act in my other portfolios over the six weeks I am away from Parliament".
  • Donald Trumps Washington DC Hotel Lit Up With 'Shithole' and Poop Emojis

    Donald Trumps Washington DC Hotel Lit Up With 'Shithole' and Poop Emojis

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    They know better. If they are trying to rescue the White House by this distinction between '-hole' and '-house, ' that is a thin reed to try and create a rescue operation. I've not seen one of them that's inaccurate. When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, "We don't need more Haitians'".
  • Donald Trump's physical revealed serious heart concerns, outside experts say

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    On Monday, Trump said in a tweet that Durbin "totally misrepresented" the exchange. It was in that meeting that Trump reportedly made reference to immigrants from " shithole countries ". El Salvador's foreign minister, Hugo Martinez, said last week that he is seeking an official response from USA authorities. If true, what Trump said is bad.
  • Storm disrupts flights, kills in Netherlands, Germany

    Storm disrupts flights, kills in Netherlands, Germany

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    All long-distance trains in Germany have been cancelled and at least three people were killed as a result of the storm "Friederike", the German Press Agency ( DPA ) updated. The Dutch national railway company, NS, announced that "due to the storm all trains are halted until further notice" apart from a small local service in northern Groningen and southern Limburg.
  • The real reason Kate Middleton's not wearing her engagement ring

    The real reason Kate Middleton's not wearing her engagement ring

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    The Duchess of Cambridge proved once again what a genuinely kindhearted person she is during a recent public engagement, and people can't stop praising her actions. "You can see the real family element the hospital brings at such a hard time", she continued. In a world of fancy alternative milk options (almond, hemp, goat, and our new favorite, oat), Kate Middleton is an old-fashioned girl at heart.
  • 'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

    'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

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    Some 12,000 soldiers, artillery and other weapons will feature at the spectacle in an airfield near Pyongyang, Yonhap said, quoting an unidentified South Korean government source. Japan has warned that the world should not let their guard down with regards to North Korea because of the agreement and the North's " charm offensive ", Sky News said.
  • Australia PM Turnbull in Japan for economic, security…

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    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of Bushmaster military vehicles at Narashino exercise field in Funabashi, east of Tokyo January 18, 2018. Mr Turnbull has a similar goal in bolstering the rules-based order in Asia, a region that is central to Australia's economic prosperity and security.
  • CT escaped inmate captured in Georgia

    CT escaped inmate captured in Georgia

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    He was tracked down in Canton, GA, and arrested without incident. Authorities managed to track him to Georgia based on a phone call he made from a gas station on Marietta Road. It's unclear where he hid on the vehicle, O'Neill said. It was later raised to $2,500. Authorities say Mercado may have fled CT, and could be hiding in neighboring states, including the New York City metro area.
  • White House blames Democrats as shutdown deadline nears

    White House blames Democrats as shutdown deadline nears

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    House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives with a promise to repeal unpopular taxes as part of the bill preventing a shutdown . Republican Representative Mark Meadows , who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters: "I promise you that's not the case" that the speaker had enough Republican votes to pass the bill.
  • Foreign groups stayed at Trump hotels to please him

    Foreign groups stayed at Trump hotels to please him

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    But by the time they arrived, Graham said, the winds had changed, hardline conservative lawmakers had been invited, and the President made the now-infamous "shithole" countries remark. Graham said he set up a White House meeting. The Latest: Trump says Sen. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.
  • White House says Trump supports budget deal

    White House says Trump supports budget deal

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    The New York Times noted the tweet hurt the Republicans' strategy to keep the government open past Friday. "At what point are we going to have a plan on where we're going to land or are we just going to hope February 16 is better than January 19 because it's in a different month?" said Meadows, a western North Carolina Republican.
  • Attorneys General Call On Congress To Legalize Banking For Weed Industry

    Attorneys General Call On Congress To Legalize Banking For Weed Industry

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    Today, as more conservative states tepidly dip their toes into marijuana programs, they're starting slow. Regardless of what one thinks of either recreational or medicinal marijuana use , this raises some serious questions that have more to do with the rights of the states under our federal constitutional system and the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
  • Canadian man pranks police by creating life-size auto out of snow

    Canadian man pranks police by creating life-size auto out of snow

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    A Montreal artist and machinist who made a auto out of snow that resembles a Toyota Supra or Delorean DMC-12 had some harmless fun when the snow installation fooled the local police, who pulled over and were photographed approaching the vehicle, apparently believing it was real and parked illegally.
  • Xi Jinping to Trump: There have been 'optimistic modifications' on Korean peninsula

    Xi Jinping to Trump: There have been 'optimistic modifications' on Korean peninsula

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    The talks between Representatives of the divided nation were held in the demilitarized zone in what has become known as the "Peace House" located in the Panmunjom truce village. Aside from the somewhat juvenile taunts, the President has imposed broad sanctions on virtually every aspect of the North Korean economy. "Here's a simple rule: If you have the largest system of concentration camps in the world, if you systematically rape and torture your own people and you threaten the world with ...
  • Hulk Hogan Says No To Senate Run For Now

    Hulk Hogan Says No To Senate Run For Now

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    It's been rumored for a while that WWE officials may be waiting for the right time to bring him back, and some fans have wondered if Hogan could be showing up on the Raw 25th anniversary show. "It devastated me. The bottom dropped out", Hogan said. While Hogan said he now has no interest in running, he added, "If I run, I will win". He said he has a great life and the only thing he'd want to run for again is the world title.
  • Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer Team for Universal Comedy

    Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer Team for Universal Comedy

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    The project is described as being in the vein of Planes, Trains and Automobiles , the 1987 movie that saw John Candy and Steve Martin stuck with each other as they tried to make it to their respective homes for Christmas. The upcoming project will have Peter Chiarelli as script writer. Chastain was last seen in " Molly's Game " which was a critically acclaimed drama directed by Aaron Sorkin.
  • Man charged with murdering two men from Toronto's gay village

    Man charged with murdering two men from Toronto's gay village

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    Project Prism , which was formed August 14, is comprised of an officer from the homicide squad, an officer from the sex crimes unit and six members of 51 Division, three of whom were also members of Project Houston, an 18-month investigation that began in November 2012 focusing on the disappearances of three other men with ties to the Church and Wellesley area: Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, Abdulbasir "Basir" Faizi and Majeed "Hamid" Kayhan.
  • Snow bomb hits United Kingdom as temperatures plunge to -7C

    Snow bomb hits United Kingdom as temperatures plunge to -7C

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    Despite a lack of snow, it was bitterly cold and windy in southern parts of the United Kingdom, with ice expected and temperatures unlikely to go above -1C in London on Tuesday night. While Storm Fionn may have passed, another belt of snow, rain and wind is set to cross the country Wednesday with Weather Warnings in place. "Tomorrow, winds will moderate for a time tomorrow and it will be a bit less cold with just a few showers".