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New Mexico boy, 1, becomes state’s first pediatric flu death of season

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A 1-year-old boy in New Mexico has become the state’s first pediatric flu death of the 2019-2020 season.

The boy, who was not identified, was from Roosevelt County, officials with the New Mexico Department of Health announced this week. No other details were provided and it’s not currently clear if the boy had received the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for any child 6 months of age or older.

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“(The) seasonal flu vaccine covers multiple strains, including the ones currently circulating, and it is not too late to get vaccinated,” Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said in a statement, according to the Albuquerque Journal. “The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza and, given the fact that this season hasn’t peaked yet, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

The death follows at least 52 other pneumonia and flu-related deaths since October, officials said, according to the outlet.

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The news comes after reports emerged this week that a 10-year-old Texas boy died after contracting the flu. Jaxon Campbell, a student at Austin Elementary School in Coppell, was remembered for his positive and can-do attitude by his teammates and friends in the community.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Health did not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on Friday.

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BBC Underpaid Female TV Host, Tribunal Rules

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The television host who took the BBC to court over unequal pay has won her case, in the first high-profile court case to be brought since the fallout over pay at the broadcaster more than two years ago.

Samira Ahmed, who was paid 440 pounds (about $565) per episode when she started hosting a program called “Newswatch,” argued before an employment tribunal that she should have been paid as much as Jeremy Vine, the host of another program, “Points of View,” who received £3,000 (about $3,850) an episode.

Both programs are about 15 minutes long and involve airing and discussing the comments of viewers. Ms. Ahmed’s program focuses on their thoughts on the news coverage. The program hosted by Mr. Vine deals with feedback on entertainment programs.

She was seeking almost £700,000 in backdated pay.

The BBC argued that Mr. Vine’s program required different skills because he was expected to be a friend to the audience in a way that Ms. Ahmed’s job does not, and so deserved to be paid more for the work he did.

The BBC has been grappling with complaints over salaries since at least 2017, when it first published the pay bands of its highest paid stars. The BBC is a public service broadcaster financed mostly by a television license fee paid by most households in the country and, as a result, often comes under criticism for the way it spends this money.

It published the salaries of its highest paid hosts in 2017 after the government made it a requirement of its governing charter, prompting an outcry over the lack of diversity in its highest ranks. This led to hundreds of pay complaints. The BBC’s former China editor, Carrie Gracie, quit in protest over not being paid as much as her male peers.

There are about 120 women considering collective action against the broadcaster over equal pay.

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Live Updates: Ukraine Gets ‘Important Data’ From U.S. on Iran Plane Crash

Here are the latest developments:

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A vigil in Toronto on Friday for the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash. More than 60 of those who died were Canadians.Credit…Warren Toda/EPA, via Shutterstock

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday morning Washington time after he requested that the United States and other Western countries release the evidence that a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran had been shot down.

Mr. Zelensky said in a post on Facebook early Friday that the possibility that a missile had downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane on Wednesday, killing all 176 aboard, “cannot be ruled out but is not currently confirmed.”

Hours later, Mr. Zelensky’s spokeswoman said the president had met with U.S. Embassy officials in Kyiv and received “important data that will be studied by our specialists” and later in the day he spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

American and allied officials said on Thursday that they had intelligence that surface-to-air missiles fired by Iranian military forces shot down the Boeing 737 minutes after it took off from Tehran, headed for Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

The jet crashed hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at American targets in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the leader of a powerful branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and was bracing for a possible American response.

Mr. Zelensky has pledged to get to the bottom of what happened, cutting short a trip to Oman immediately after the crash and dispatching a team of 45 Ukrainian experts to Tehran.

On Friday, Mr. Zelensky made it clear that Western governments, allies in his country’s conflict with Russia, had not initially shared the evidence that led them to believe that the Ukrainian jet had been shot down by Iran.

“The version that a missile hit the airplane cannot be ruled out, but currently cannot be confirmed,” Mr. Zelensky wrote in the post, before his call with Mr. Pompeo.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain both said Iran had probably shot down the plane by accident. President Trump said he suspected that the downing of the plane had been the result of “a mistake on the other side.”

An American official told The New York Times that the United States had a high level of confidence that a Russian-made Iranian air defense system had fired two surface-to-air missiles at the plane.

The crash of the Ukrainian jet has presented Mr. Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian who swept to a stunning victory in the presidential election last spring, with the most urgent crisis of his short tenure.

“Our goal is to ascertain the undeniable truth,” Mr. Zelensky said in his statement on Friday. “We believe this is the responsibility of the whole international community before the families of the dead and the memory of the victims of the catastrophe.”

The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office issued a public request for help from Canada, seeking information from intelligence agencies about a possible missile strike.

Iran has maintained that there was no evidence that the plane was struck by a missile and doubled down on that assertion on Friday, despite western officials pointing to intelligence suggesting the passenger jet was accidentally hit by a missile.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization chief, Ali Abedzadeh, speaking during a Friday news conference, urged caution and said that nothing could be determined until the data from the black boxes was analyzed and said statements made by other nations were politically motivated.

But, he added, what could be said was that the plane had not been hit by a missile and was likely on fire before it crashed. He also urged nations with intelligence on the crash, namely the United States and Canada, to share that information with Iran.

“We cannot just give you speculation,” Mr. Abedzadeh said in footage televised and translated on Iranian state television. “So far what I can tell you is that the plane has not been hit by a missile, and we have to look for the cause of the fire.”

Hassan Rezaeifar, the head of the Iranian investigation team, said during the same news conference that it could take more than a month to process the data recovered from the flight recorders and that the investigation could take up to two years. He also noted that Ukraine, France, Canada, and Russia have all said they are willing to assist Iran with the data extraction, and Tehran will send the black box to one of these countries if it fails to retrieve the data.

Normally, Iran has the capacity to download black box data, but Mr. Rezaeifar said that since the devices had been damaged, it would be difficult to extract information.

“We need special software and hardware which are available in our country, but if we fail to extract the data due to the damages of the black box, we will get help from other countries,” he said.

The black box will begin to be evaluated on Friday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported, “to assess and check whether it is possible to reconstruct and analyze the information inside the country.” State television aired footage that it said showed the two black boxes that were recovered from the crash site.

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Footage verified by The New York Times appears to show a missile fired from Iranian territory hitting a plane near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian jet crashed on Wednesday.

As investigators work to determine an official cause of the accident, the video offered new clues about the crash, which came hours after a violent confrontation between Iran and the United States.

A small explosion occurred when what appears to be a missile hit the plane above Parand, a city near the airport, but the plane did not explode, the video showed. The jet continued flying for several minutes and turned back toward the airport, The Times has determined.

The plane, which by then had stopped transmitting its signal, flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.

Visual and audio clues in the footage also matched flight path information and satellite imagery of the area near where the plane crashed.

The aftermath of the plane crash in Iran has the potential to open a fresh rift between Ukraine and its most important Western allies.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has already turned into an unwilling player in United States domestic politics as a result of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign seeking assistance in the 2020 presidential race. Now, he is stuck in the middle of an even more volatile American crisis: the conflict with Iran.

On the one hand, Mr. Zelensky needs Iranian cooperation to deliver the full-fledged investigation of the disaster that he has pledged to his public. On the other, Mr. Zelensky needs the data collected by Western intelligence — not to mention his continued reliance on Western support in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.

“He could end up in a situation of being caught between two fires,” said Oleksandr Danylyuk, Mr. Zelensky’s former national security adviser, who resigned in September. “It’s a very complicated situation.”

Mr. Zelensky was caught flat-footed on Thursday when American officials went public with intelligence findings about the crash, and it was clear that the United States and its Western allies had not briefed Kyiv.

On Friday, American and Ukrainian officials raced to dispel any appearance of a rift. But Anatoliy Hrytsenko, a former Ukrainian defense minister, said that any recalcitrance from Western countries would create suspicions in Ukraine that they were using the tragedy as a cudgel in their conflict with Iran.

“Western leaders must give us these intelligence findings,” Mr. Hrytsenko said. “If we assume the worst and they don’t do this, then a big question mark arises: Is this really about determining the cause of a plane crash or is this now geopolitics?”

France’s aviation investigation authority said on Friday that it had been invited by Iran to take part in the investigation into the crash of an Ukrainian plane near Tehran this week.

A spokesman for the authority, known by its French acronym B.E.A., or Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, said France was getting involved because the jetliner’s engine had been designed by CFM, a joint venture between GE Aviation, an American company, and Safran Aircraft Engines, a French one.

“No further assistance has been requested at this point in time,” the spokesman said, adding that Iranian aviation authorities were the lead investigator in the case.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, did not say on Friday whether the country had proof that the jetliner had been shot down by Iranian missiles, but said that France was “available” to help with the investigation.

“Before the speculation, we must establish the truth in conditions of utmost transparency,” Mr. Le Drian told RTL, a French radio station. France, one of the signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal, is now trying to salvage it by acting as a go-between for Iran and the United States.

Anton Troianovski, Megan Specia, Aurelien Breeden, Melissa Eddy, Christiaan Triebert, Malachy Browne, Sarah Kerr and Ainara Tiefenthäler contributed reporting.

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BBC Underpaid Female TV Host, Tribunal Rules

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The television host who took the BBC to court over unequal pay has won her case, in the first high-profile court case to be brought since the fallout over pay at the broadcaster more than two years ago.

Samira Ahmed, who was paid 440 pounds (about $565) per episode when she started hosting a program called “Newswatch,” argued before an employment tribunal that she should have been paid as much as Jeremy Vine, the host of another program, “Points of View,” who received £3,000 (about $3,850) an episode.

Both programs are about 15 minutes long and involve airing and discussing the comments of viewers. Ms. Ahmed’s program focuses on their thoughts on the news coverage. The program hosted by Mr. Vine deals with feedback on entertainment programs.

She was seeking almost £700,000 in backdated pay.

The BBC argued that Mr. Vine’s program required different skills because he was expected to be a friend to the audience in a way that Ms. Ahmed’s job does not, and so deserved to be paid more for the work he did.

The BBC has been grappling with complaints over salaries since at least 2017, when it first published the pay bands of its highest paid stars. The BBC is a public service broadcaster financed mostly by a television license fee paid by most households in the country and, as a result, often comes under criticism for the way it spends this money.

It published the salaries of its highest paid hosts in 2017 after the government made it a requirement of its governing charter, prompting an outcry over the lack of diversity in its highest ranks. This led to hundreds of pay complaints. The BBC’s former China editor, Carrie Gracie, quit in protest over not being paid as much as her male peers.

There are about 120 women considering collective action against the broadcaster over equal pay.

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U.S. Job Growth Cools In December As Employers Add 145,000 Jobs

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Workers assemble cars at Ford’s newly renovated assembly plant in Chicago. Factories lost 12,000 jobs in December. The manufacturing sector has been hard hit by the trade war as well as slowing demand overseas.

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Hiring slowed somewhat in December, as U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs. According to the Labor Department, that’s down slightly from the three previous months, when employers added an average of 200,000 jobs. But the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, matching its lowest level in 50 years.

For all of 2019, the economy added 2.1 million jobs — the slowest pace of annual job growth since 2011. Job gains for October and November were revised down by a total of 14,000.

Average wages have increased 2.9% over the last year, outpacing inflation and boosting workers’ buying power. Wage gains are still relatively modest, however, given the rock-bottom jobless rate.

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That suggests there may be more slack in the labor market than the unemployment figure would indicate. The share of Americans in their prime working years — from 25 to 54 — who are either employed or looking for work is still lower than it was two decades ago. Overall, participation in the labor force was 63.2% in December, unchanged from the month before.

Steady job gains, coupled with wage increases, are expected to keep fueling consumer spending in 2020. Consumers have been the most reliable drivers in the U.S. economy as business investment has faded.

Factories lost 12,000 jobs last month. The manufacturing sector has been hard hit by the trade war as well as slowing demand overseas. An index of manufacturing activity fell in December to its lowest level in more than a decade.

By contrast, the much larger services sector — which includes everything from health care and hospitality to education and finance — has been more insulated from global shocks. Service sector activity accelerated in December. And service-sector jobs accounted for 97% of December’s new hires.

Health care continued to show solid growth, with 28,000 jobs added last month. Retailers, who have struggled in recent months, added 41,000 jobs.

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Delta flight declared emergency after crew reported a ‘vibration’ on the plane, FAA confirms

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A Paris-bound Delta flight was diverted to Boston on Thursday night following a mechanical issue that reportedly left passengers “panicking,” according to one traveler.

Delta Air Lines flight 148, which originated in Las Vegas, landed safely at Logan International Airport just before 9:30 p.m., after crew members “reported a vibration and declared an emergency,” according to a statement provided to Fox News by the FAA.

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Local Boston outlet WHDH reported that a passenger also suffered a medical emergency on-board; Delta, however, did not disclose whether this was the case.

“We apologize to our customers on Flight DL148 from Las Vegas to Paris Charles de Gaulle, which has diverted to Boston due to a mechanical issue,” the airline shared in a statement to WHDH on Thursday evening.

The airline ferried another plane to Boston to take passengers the rest of the way to Paris. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Charles de Gaulle at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 10.

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In its full statement, Delta did not confirm the cause of the “mechanical issue,” although a passenger aboard the plane reported hearing an unusually “loud noise” before the emergency was declared.

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“On my way home from CES. All of a sudden a loud noise in the plane. Confusion. People panicking. In the end an emergency landing in Boston,” wrote journalist Jona Källgren on Twitter.

Källgren added that, as he understood it, the issue had something to do with a busted “air-conditioning pipe,” but added that he was still a bit unclear.

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A representative for Delta was not immediately available for further comment. The FAA is currently investigating.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal exit done without my help, Oprah Winfrey claims

Oprah Winfrey is speaking out after reports surfaced claiming the media mogul was the one to advise Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to step down as “senior members” of the royal family.

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Winfrey told People that she played no role in backing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell decision.

“Meghan and Harry do not need my help figuring out what’s best for them,” Winfrey told the outlet. “I care about them both and support whatever decisions they make for their family.”

Meghan and Harry’s royal departure, dubbed “Megxit” by British tabloids blindsided by the news, took their own family members by surprise this week as Buckingham Palace rushed to release a statement downplaying the couple’s hasty split.

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“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” a Palace spokesman told Fox News late Wednesday. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

The spokesman added that “nothing is being ruled out.”

Winfrey was one of the world’s biggest stars to attend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May 2018.

While dozens of A-listers have backed the royal couple’s monumental decision, Page Six reported Thursday that Winfrey was “one of the first people” Meghan and Harry consulted, in addition to getting advice from the Obamas and George and Amal Clooney.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly consulted with other A-listers, including George and Amal Clooney. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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In a statement to Us Weekly this week, Markle’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, shared he was “disappointed” to learn of the split.

Meanwhile, Markle’s estranged sister Samantha Markle called Archie’s parents’ choice a “slap in the face.”

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report. 

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U.S. Added 145,000 Jobs in December; Unemployment at 3.5%

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■ 145,000 jobs were added in December. Analysts had expected a gain of about 160,000.

■ The unemployment rate was 3.5 percent.

■ Average hourly earnings rose by 0.1 percent. The year-over-year gain is now 2.9 percent.

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Hiring for the final month of 2019 capped a year of steady but slowing gains in employment, the latest evidence that the American labor market has not yet run out of breath.

Sluggish growth and uncertainty abroad, combined with a maturing labor market at home, contributed to slimmer payroll gains last year, said Gregory Daco, the chief United States economist at Oxford Economics.

But cooling job creation is to be expected in the 11th year of an economic expansion, and as the government’s report, released Friday, showed, the slowdown has been gradual.

The Labor Department’s preliminary estimate of December’s performance does not alter last year’s overall employment picture.

“I think 2019 was a year of consolidation,” Mr. Daco said. “We had relatively strong and steady job growth over the year despite a number of headwinds including a trade war with China, weaker global activity and heightened policy uncertainty.”

Such uncertainty — which nudges businesses to be more cautious in hiring and investment — is far from clearing.

There has been progress on the trade front — the United States and China have reached the first phase of an agreement that officials are expected to sign next week. But two-thirds of Chinese imports — worth $360 billion — are still subject to tariffs. And President Trump has said he would impose more tariffs on imports from Europe this month.

More unexpectedly, global markets were briefly rattled in recent days by fears of a broader violent clash between the United States and Iran after the president’s decision to kill a top Iranian general. Iran struck American air bases in Iraq in retaliation this week, but the attack is said to have resulted in no casualties and tensions have eased.

The labor market, by contrast, has provided some calm. Despite the occasional swoop in payroll gains, the official unemployment rate has remained at half-century lows. Americans who had been outside the work force have decided to join in, and average monthly job gains still handily outpace population growth.

“I didn’t see much wrong with the labor market in 2019,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief United States economist at High Frequency Economics.

Roughly two million jobs were created last year, but that total can mask wide differences based on location, skills and industry.

Many retail jobs have disappeared, for example, while health care, transportation and logistics, and professional and business services have flourished.

Construction, mining and manufacturing, industries that tend to be more affected by the global economy, have also noticeably slumped.

Even so, there are pockets in these goods-producing sectors that are doing well, like those related to electrical vehicles and charging docks, said Julia Pollak, a labor economist for the employment site ZipRecruiter.

“Manufacturing is not dead but its location will shift,” she said, noting new plants do not necessarily replace closed ones.

There has been little sign that this weakness has spread to the much larger service sector.

Ms. Pollak pointed to other patterns: “The highest job growth and wage growth have been in nine states.”

Among the top four, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado, the expansion has been driven by the technology industry. Those states have benefited in part because they have lower housing costs than Silicon Valley, Ms. Pollak said.

Their less congested roads and airspace are also a draw, especially for companies that are building and testing technologies like drones and driverless cars, she added.

Even companies based in California — still a powerhouse of job creation — are locating their customer service and call centers in these nearby states.

On the West Coast, Washington is also notching strong gains, Ms. Pollak said, while in the South, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina have managed to combine job and wage gains.

“Yes, I do plan on hiring,” said Robert Herman, who owns a mobile pet grooming franchise in Charleston, S.C., where the jobless rate was 1.8 percent in November. “We’re doing great.”

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This year, he said he planned to add a fifth van to his fleet of moving dog and cat salons and hire two more employees. Between commission and tips, he said his workers earned an average of $20 to $25 an hour.

The labor squeeze has helped workers at the lowest end of the pay scale, pushing wage increases above the overall average. Minimum wage increases in 21 states and 26 cities and counties that either went into effect this month or are scheduled for later this year could help to further pull up paychecks at the bottom.

Yet, in 2019, spiritless wage growth has been one of the more disappointing story lines.

“We saw an acceleration of wage growth in 2018, but then it stalled out in 2019,” said Nick Bunker, an economist at the job site Indeed. “Average wage growth was fairly tepid.”

Year-over-year wage gains in 2019 have so far failed to match the 3.4 percent peak reached in February.

The slowdown is puzzling considering that the jobless rate has been below 4 percent for nearly two years. Employers routinely lament their inability to find workers at the wages they are offering. Finding qualified workers was the top complaint for small-business owners in December, according to a monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Consumer confidence continues to float at high levels, but businesses have kept wages low because many owners say they fear that higher prices would chase away customers.

The proportion of the population that is working is below pre-recession levels, but the flow of more Americans into the job market may also be damping wages. About three-fourths of new hires were not even looking for work the previous month.

“It’s been slowing over the last several months,” Elise Gould, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal research organization in Washington, said of wage growth.

“We haven’t really seen any changes in the labor market that would explain that,” she said. “Lots of businesses are showing profits, but we’re not seeing the kind of capital investments that we’d thought we’d see.”

The Labor Department also reported this week a dip in the number of new people filing for unemployment, a figure that remains at historically low levels. Nonetheless, “over all, the job cuts that we saw in 2019 were fairly high, higher than you would expect,” said Andy Challenger, a vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm that tracks layoff announcements.

Industrial goods and automobile manufacturers were the hardest hit, in part because of the trade war. “As rosy as the numbers look from a high level, there’s still pain out there, jobs cuts that are happening, industries that are struggling and people losing their jobs,” Mr. Challenger said.

Because the company’s survey tracks layoff announcements — as opposed to jobs that have been eliminated — he said that it was “a bit more forward-looking” than the Labor Department’s figures. Plans can change, he noted, but the results “point to sentiments, if they think they’re going to cut.”

The department’s monthly report is based on two surveys, one of employers and the other of households. Economists there are continually updating their results, and Friday’s report takes account of some very minor adjustments.

Much more substantial revisions are scheduled to be released next month, when the government publishes its annual update of payrolls gains. Preliminary data released over the summer indicated that job growth through last spring was weaker by about 500,000 jobs than initial estimates. That will change some year-to-year comparisons.

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Amy Klobuchar Keeps Voting for Trump’s ‘Horrific’ Judges

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Iraqi Prime Minister Asks U.S. to Start Talks on Troop Withdrawal

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Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq said on Friday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation from the United States to prepare for the withdrawal of American troops from his country.

Amid outrage in Iraq about the American drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian commander, in Baghdad last week, Iraqi lawmakers voted on Sunday to expel United States forces, as ripples from the attack spread through the Middle East.

In a Thursday evening phone call, which Mr. Abdul Mahdi’s office said Mr. Pompeo had initiated, the Iraqi prime minister said he had objected to dual violations of his country’s sovereignty — referring to both the American attack and the retaliatory missile strikes by Iran on bases in Iraq.

“Iraq is keen on keeping the best of relations with its neighbors and its friends in the international community,” the prime minister’s office said in the statement.

Iraq’s priority is to “fight terrorism,” according to the statement, including violence from the Islamic State, the militant group that tore through the region before being routed with support from Iranian-backed militias and a coalition of Western forces last year.

United States forces have been stationed in Iraq, and to a lesser degree in Syria, as part of that operation. There are currently around 5,200 American troops in Iraq.

The vote to eject the American forces was nonbinding and nearly half of the members of the Iraqi Parliament — primarily those representing ethnic Kurdish and Sunni Muslim minorities — did not vote. But there was no doubt of Mr. Abdul Mahdi’s support for the measure, because he quickly drafted a bill calling for the troops’ withdrawal.

In his statement on Friday, the Iraqi prime minister said that American forces entering the country and drones flying over Iraq did so “without a permission from the Iraqi government.”

Mr. Pompeo’s office confirmed that the two had spoken, and in a statement, the American secretary of state said that he “reiterated the United States’ condemnation of the Iranian regime’s Jan. 7 launch of ballistic missiles into two sites in Iraq that host Iraqi, American, and coalition forces working together to defeat ISIS.”

An initial readout of the call from the State Department did not mention the request for a delegation to discuss troop withdrawal.

Edward Wong and Falih Hassan contributed reporting.

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