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TOKYO | Shrinking Japan OKs divisive bill to get more foreign labor

TOKYO — Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote late Friday on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long … Continue reading TOKYO | Shrinking Japan OKs divisive bill to get more foreign labor

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After Gaza strikes, Israel threatens Iranian forces in Syria

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— The Israeli military on Saturday struck dozens of targets across the Gaza Strip in response to heavy rocket fire and threatened to expand its air campaign to Syria after accusing Iranian forces in Damascus of orchestrating the rocket attacks. The threats toward Iranian forces in Syria added a new dimension to … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After Gaza strikes, Israel threatens Iranian forces in Syria

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope asks for reconciliation in Chinese church

VATICAN CITY — The Latest on the agreement between China and the Catholic Church on the appointment of bishops (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Pope Francis is urging Chinese Catholics to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope asks for reconciliation in Chinese church

UNCASVILLE, Conn | Griner, Taurasi help Mercury beat Sun 96-86

UNCASVILLE, Conn — Diana Taurasi has made a career of playing her best on the biggest stage. The Phoenix star improved to 13-0 in playoff-deciding games, scoring 27 points in the Mercury’s 96-86 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. “If I had the answer I’d gladly … Continue reading UNCASVILLE, Conn | Griner, Taurasi help Mercury beat Sun 96-86

WASHINGTON | March consumer spending rebounds 0.4 percent as wages rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted their spending by 0.4 percent in March, the best showing in three months. Meanwhile, a key gauge of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose at the fastest pace in more than a year. The March increase in consumer spending followed two months of very weak readings with no … Continue reading WASHINGTON | March consumer spending rebounds 0.4 percent as wages rise