The rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in March. But economists are waiting for that to spark significant wage growth.
3. Prosecutors in Texas are bringing murder charges against the police officer accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards near Dallas last weekend.
The officer, Roy Oliver, was dismissed from the Balch Springs Police Department. Officers were responding to reports of underage drinking at a house party when the shooting occurred.
Above, Jordan and his father in a family photograph.
4. The Senate Intelligence Committee asked several Trump campaign associates to hand over records of their contacts with Russian officials and businesspeople.
The requests open the way for subpoenas for anyone who doesn’t comply. Among those said to have gotten requests: Roger Stone, above in July; Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.
5. A Navy SEAL was killed during a raid against Shabab militants in Somalia.
It was believed to be the first American combat death in Somalia since the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993, which caused the U.S. to pull out of the country.
President Trump’s second nominee for Army Secretary, Mark Green, withdrew himself from consideration. He had been accused of bias by L.G.B.T. groups.
Above, the aftermath of a Shabab attack in Mogadishu last month.
6. North Korea accused South Korea and the U.S. of plotting to kill Kim Jong-un.
A government statement said a “hideous terrorists’ group” had been sent to kill the leader with biochemical agents.
And it warned of an unspecified counterattack. South Korea’s spy agency denied the accusation.
7. Dust storms blanketed Beijing and other parts of northern China for a second day in a row.
Flights were canceled and air pollution levels soared well above what’s considered hazardous.
Fifty years ago, such storms happened every seven or eight years. Now they’re an annual occurrence, as China’s deserts expand at a startling pace. Experts blame urbanization and climate change.
8. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada met his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, in Montreal on Thursday, also known as International Star Wars Day.
They discussed trade, and the internet discussed Mr. Trudeau’s mismatched “Star Wars” socks.
Our fashion writer says it was a deft political move. “There’s nothing like bonding over a mass-movie phenomenon to convince a swath of voters that you share their value system,” she wrote.
9. France goes to the polls to elect a new president on Sunday.
Supporters of the centrist Emmanuel Macron are trying to get out the vote in immigrant communities to stop the far-right populist Marine Le Pen. Our videographer tagged along as they canvassed in a Paris suburb.
And our senior writer on gender issues looked at how Ms. Le Pen is trying to use her femininity to soften her image.
We’ll have live coverage of the vote on Sunday, starting about noon Eastern.
10. Oyster season isn’t over yet.
There’s an old saying that you should eat raw oysters only during months whose names contain an R.
We fact-checked it with experts. They said that if an oyster is safely handled, there’s no reason not to eat one during the summer. So enjoy.
11. Finally, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday.
So which horses should you bet on (or … cheer for, if gambling is illegal in your jurisdiction)?
The only horse our two experts agree on as a top pick is Irish War Cry. Here’s their complete Kentucky Derby guide. Above is another horse, Gormley, after a workout this week.
NBC has the broadcast, starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Post time is 6:34 p.m.
Good luck, and have a great weekend.
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