If you look at the jobs picture across the U.S., one place stands out for high levels of unemployment: Central California's San Joaquin Valley. It's been called the Appalachia of the West.
The Labor Department releases its monthly employment report on Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect an increase in payrolls of 210,000.
David Greene and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.
Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White has unveiled a set of initiatives aimed at better oversight of Wall Street. The SEC is looking to step up regulation of high-speed trading.
With Petro Poroshenko poised to assume the presidency, he's vowed to crush a pro-Russian rebellion in the eastern part of the country. Analysts say chronic problems with the armed forces is a problem.
Different branches of the armed forces, which are really militias on the government payroll, are fighting among each other and with rebels across the country.
Sister Cristina Scuccia, 25, became a favorite after her first round performance in March. She says she was inspired by Pope Francis' appeal to bring the Catholic church closer to ordinary people.
Senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to build more clinics for veterans, hire more doctors and to allow the faster dismissals of senior level employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The sky over Normandy is brilliant blue on Friday. President Obama joins Queen Elizabeth, the leader of France and others in marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II.
Thompson Williams' dad died when he was 22. As Williams now tells his own son, Kiamichi-tet, his father taught him the importance of caring for others and that crying is a path to strength.
Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.
The man behind Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco and chronicles the experience in a new book, Carsick. He says as a hitchhiker, "Your job is to talk. Or have sex."
Mary Barra announced Thursday that 15 employees have been fired and others disciplined over the company's failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is linked to at least 13 deaths.
The NBA finals begin Thursday night between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. It's a repeat of last year's series. And in hockey, the LA Kings won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in overtime.
If LA wins, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown gets Italian sausage, cupcakes and Long Island oysters. The prize for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the Rangers win? Rice cakes and a history book on California.
Many veterans of the D-Day landing are now in their 90s, and this year's anniversary may be one of the last where the liberated and liberators are able to celebrate together.
Friday is the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy that began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control. Many of the veterans making the trip are in their 90s.
An eruption of the Pavlof Volcano in Alaska this week is spewing lava some 1,500 feet into the air. Geologists say Pavlof's show could go on for weeks — perhaps even months.
Washingtonians know K Street is the classic address for lobbyists. A Washington Post reporter got one punch line after another when asking passers-by what they thought of the vultures.
The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget.