The number of people filing new jobless claims jumped unexpectedly last week rising to a seasonally adjusted 669,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 657,000. That total was above analysts’ expectations and the highest in more than 26 years, though the work force has grown by about half since then. Meanwhile the tally of laid-off workers claiming benefits for more than a week rose 161,000 to 5.73 million, setting a record for the 10th straight week. That also was above analysts’ expectations and indicates that unemployed workers are having difficulty finding new jobs. ABC News
North Korea has threatened U.S. warships ahead of its planned rocket launch, warning Navy to ‘withdraw forces deployed if it does not want to receive damage.’ President Barack Obama warned the liftoff would be a “provocative act” that would generate a U.N. Security Council response, but North Korea’s military threatened those who opposed the launch with a “thunderbolt of fire” if they interfered. FOX News
It had been considered a breach of protocol to touch the Queen. When the former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating put his arm around the Queen in 1992, he was branded the “Lizard of Oz”. But those walls came down when the Obamas came to town. First Lady Michelle Obama and the Queen slipped their arms around each other towards the end of a reception at Buckingham Palace held in honor of the G20 leaders and their wives. Presents were exchanged between the heads of state. Obama gave the Queen an iPod containing a video of her visit to Virginia, Washington, in 2007. In return, he received a signed photograph of the royal couple. FOX News
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There is fresh evidence that one of Jupiter’s most recognizable features, the Great Red Spot, is shrinking. The spot, which is actually an ancient monster storm that measures about three Earths across, lost 15 percent of its diameter between 1996 and 2006, scientists have found. CNN
The venerable CBS soap opera “Guiding Light” will go dark in September after 72 years and 16,000 episodes, the network announced Wednesday.The daytime drama’s declining viewership led to the decision. The show, which the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the longest-running television drama, first aired on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, the spokeswoman said. It moved to television on the CBS network in 1952 as 15-minute drama. It later went to 30 minutes, and on November 7, 1977, it expanded to one hour. CNN