Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The economy grew at a much slower pace than projected in April, with the Labor Department reporting that employers added only 266,000 jobs last month—far fewer than the approximately 1 million that were expected. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.1 percent, and the total employment remains about 8 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels.
One of the United States’ largest oil and gas pipelines shut down operations over the weekend after it was hit by a ransomware attack that administration officials believe to have come from a criminal group, not a foreign government. The 5,500-mile pipeline transports about 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supply.
A series of explosions outside a school in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 50 people—many of them teenage girls—and wounded over 100 more. As worries mount over what will happen when the United States completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban denied responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, however, pinned it on the group, saying the Taliban has shown “they have no interest in a peaceful solution to the current crisis.”