News Wrap: U.S. job growth lower than expected

In our news wrap Friday, the latest numbers from the Department of Labor show that the U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, short of the 215,000 many economists predicted, while unemployment remained flat at five percent. Also, early reports indicated that Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan will be elected as the next mayor of London, the first time a Muslim has held that office.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight:

    As the race for the White House moves toward the general election, we talk with Bernie Sanders about his ongoing battle with Hillary Clinton.


    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Democratic Presidential Candidate: If we do very, very well, and get 65 percent of the remaining votes, we will actually have a majority of delegates, as I understand it.



    It's Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks on that Democratic race, and on Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee.

    Plus, an apocalyptic scene in Canada's Fort McMurray. Fires continue to rage, forcing some 80,000 from their homes.

  • Also ahead:

    pianist Rob Kapilow returns to celebrate Johannes Brahms's birthday by breaking down of one of the composer's most popular pieces.



    According to all contemporary accounts, he was sarcastic, prickly, abrupt, utterly self- guarded, almost impossible to get to know. And the same thing is actually true of this piece.



    All that and more, on tonight's PBS "NewsHour".



    Later in the day, Trump dismissed Senator Lindsey Graham's opposition, saying Graham ran a, quote, "hapless" campaign and has zero credibility.

    And, in Omaha, Nebraska, Trump took on another former rival — Jeb Bush, who said today that he will not support Trump, either.


    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: I won't — I will not criticize my competition anymore. Although I could — when somebody says bad about me, even as recently as yesterday, I'm allowed to hit them, right? But I won't talk about Jeb Bush. I will not say — I will not say he's low energy. I will not say it! I will not say it!



    Others lining up against Trump include Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee. But former Vice President Dick Cheney said he will be in the Trump camp.

    We'll explore all of this, and have an interview with Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, later in the program.

    In the day's other news, the latest jobs numbers are out, and they show U.S. employers reined in their hiring last month. The labor department reports 160,000 jobs were added in April — far short of the 215,000 that many economists expected. The unemployment rate remained at 5 percent, about where it's been since last fall.

    At his mini-news conference today, President Obama said a new tax rule will boost the economy by curbing offshore tax evasion.



    They will allow us to continue to do a better job of tracking financial flows and making sure that people are paying the taxes that they owe, rather than using shell corporations and offshore accounts to avoid doing the things that ordinary Americans are doing every day, and that's making sure they're paying their fair share.



    The president also called for a new focus on badly needed public works projects, like roads and water pipes, and for raising the federal minimum wage.

    Wall Street moved modestly higher on the jobs news. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly 80 points to close at 17,740. The NASDAQ rose 19 points, and the S&P 500 added six. For the week, all three indexes ended down by a fraction of a percent.

    The city of London is set tonight to elect its first Muslim mayor. Votes counted so far in Thursday's election show Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan is on track to win the race. Khan's conservative opponent accused him of supporting Islamist radicals. But he rejected the charge and said he will, quote, "take the fight to the extremists."

    North Korea's ruling Workers Party convened a grand gathering today for the first time in decades. The country's young dictator, Kim Jong-un, used it to tout a nuclear program condemned by most of the world.

    Debi Edward of Independent Television News reports from Pyongyang.



    They cheer for a leader who today hailed an h-bomb test as his greatest achievement in office. Kim Jong-un opening the first Workers Party Congress in 36 years, with a speech celebrating the unprecedented results of his nuclear weapons program.

  • KIM JONG-UN, Leader, North Korea (through interpreter):

    The party congress will be a historic opportunity for consolidating and developing a glorious party, as well as completing the great achievement of socialism.


    This 33-year-old was clearly seeking to send a strong message to the world leaders who have condemned his actions.

    But we, together with over 100 foreign journalists invited here to report on the event, were not allowed in.

    The Congress is taking place in the building behind me, which commemorates the foundation of the Korean army, a fitting place then for Kim Jong-un to assert his control over the military and his party.

    Kim Oak Yoo is a doctor in the city and told us she has pride in a nation that can defend itself against any enemy in the world.

    What this Congress will likely lack in policy-making, it will make up for in political showmanship.



    Kim has held power for four years, succeeding his father and grandfather.

    Major League Baseball has announced it's moving two of its scheduled games out of Puerto Rico over concerns about the Zika virus. The games were scheduled for later in May between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins. Players and staff of both clubs were briefed by the Centers for Disease Control on the risks associated with Zika before the decision was made. The games will be relocated to Miami.

    And thousands of fans of Prince are paying tribute to the late pop star tonight in Los Angeles. The public memorial in front of city hall includes a free concert featuring singers Faith Evans and Eric Benet. Prince was found dead last month at his home in a suburb of Minneapolis.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": fire destroys Canada's Fort McMurray, leaving an apocalyptic wake; why Puerto Ricans are leaving the island in record numbers; my conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders, and much more.

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