Private job gains in June were 281,000, which was the strongest reading since November 2012. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that the ADPNational Employment Report would show a gain of 230,000 jobs. "The July employment gain was softer than June, but remains consistent with a steadily improving job market," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "If current trends continue, the economy will return to full employment by late 2016." U.S. companies slowed the expansion of their payrolls from June's blistering pace with goods-producing firms adding 16,000 jobs compared with 43,000 in June.
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family?s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the ?blood of Africa? runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.? ?The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,? Obama said, addressing her listeners as her ?brothers? and ?sisters.? Three months before congressional elections that could determine the fate of much of President Obama?s platform, Michelle Obama?s popularity remains high while her husband?s has sunk. Michelle Obama said problems with girls? education often stemmed from traditional ?attitudes and beliefs? that exist even in the United States and lead to issues such as the gender pay gap and an underrepresentation of women in leadership.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Six companies of Boston firefighters on Wednesday battled a large blaze that engulfed multiple buildings in the city's residential eastern section, fire officials said. Live television images showed a plume of smoke hanging over the city's east near Logan International Airport. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:35 a.m. ET. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott)