Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 7:32 am
Our early headlines:
-- Kim Jong Un Declared To Be 'Supreme Leader' Of North Korea.
-- Report: Criminal Charges Being Prepared Against BP For Gulf Oil Spill.
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits grew by 15,000 last week from the previous week, to 381,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported. It was the first increase in the past four weeks.
The agency adds, though, that "the 4-week moving average was 375,000, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average of 380,750."
Sudanese Gen. Mustafa al-Dabi told reporters Wednesday that he had seen "nothing frightening" during his first visit to the Syrian city of Homs this week.