In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department's July jobs report revealed another solid month. Employers added a net of 215,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate held steady. Also, Kabul was rocked by bombings that killed scores of people. A massive truck bomb flattened an entire city block and a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police academy.
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The U.S. economy turned in another solid month of job creation in July. Labor Department numbers released today show that employers added a net of 215,000 new jobs for the month. The actual unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent.
A wave of violent attacks broke out in the capital of Afghanistan today, killing scores of people. The first, a massive truck bomb, flattened an entire city block in Kabul and left a 30-foot crater. The blast killed 15 people and wounded 240. Later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police academy, killing at least 20 recruits and wounding 24.
The nuclear agreement with Iran faces a fresh challenge within President Obama's own party. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, in line to become minority leader, announced his opposition last night. He said in a statement: "The very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will instead use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great."
Today, traveling in Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry said he profoundly disagrees with Schumer's decision.
JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State: If all you do is refuse this deal and say no to this agreement, you just say no, there is no other alternative to the fact that Iran will begin to enrich, will pursue its program, we will lose international support, we will lose the sanctions, we will wind up in a situation where we do not have the ability to inspect or to check their program.
Other Senate Democrats have been lining up in favor of the deal. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her support today.
In Central Syria, Islamic State militants have abducted at least 230 people, including dozens of Christians. Activists say it happened overnight at a town in Homs province after the extremists captured the town from pro-government forces. The rest of those seized were Sunni Muslims.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says an independent commission will investigate allegations of widespread use of illegal substances in international athletics. German broadcaster ARD has reported that more than 800 athletes had suspicious blood test results between 2001 and 2012. The reports are based on data leaked from the International Association of Athletics Federation.
In California, hundreds of evacuees from a wildfire north of San Francisco were allowed to return home today. Firefighters now have the Rocky Fire nearly half contained. Since last weekend, the fire has destroyed 43 homes as it charred nearly 109 square miles. About 12,000 residents are still under evacuation orders or warnings.
And Wall Street ended the week with more losses for the seventh day in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 46 points to close near 17370. The Nasdaq fell 13 points, and the S&P 500 shed six. For the week, the Dow and Nasdaq lost nearly 2 percent. The S&P was down more than 1 percent.