US Retail Sales and Inflation Rise
U.S. retail sales and inflation rose in January, strengthening the case for the central bank to raise interest rates.
Retail sales advanced four-tenths of a percent for the month. PNC Bank economists Gush Faucher says the gain is partly due to an improving labor market with "more jobs and rising wages" as workers become scarce.
Economists watch retail sales because consumer demand drives most U.S. economic activity.
A separate report shows U.S. consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly four years, with costs gaining six-tenths of a percent in January and 2.5 percent in the past year.
The Federal Reserve works to keep prices rising at a modest two percent annual rate, and can raise interest rates to lower inflation.
有关当局认定，这名女子为25岁的西蒂·艾沙 (Siti Aishah)，持有印度尼西亚护照，已根据机场安全摄像机的录像得到“确认”。
西蒂·艾沙被捕一天前，警方在马来西亚首都吉隆坡国际机场拘留了另一名女子。警方的一份声明说，她名叫端诗香（译音，Doan Thi Huong），有越南旅行证件，并称此人也已根据安全摄像机的录像得到了确认。
Second Arrest in Kim Jong Nam Death
Police in Malaysia said Thursday they have arrested a second woman in connection with the apparent assassination of a half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Authorities identified the woman as 25-year-old Siti Aishah, saying she held an Indonesian passport and was "positively identified" from airport security camera footage.
The arrest came a day after police detained another woman at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the Malaysian capital. A police statement identified her as Doan Thi Huong, with Vietnamese travel documents, and said she was also positively identified from security cameras.
South Korea on Wednesday confirmed the victim was the North Korean leader’s older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was once in line to become head of state, but fell out of favor with their father, Kim Jong Il, after he tried to enter Japan on a forged passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2001.
“It seems assured that the person who was killed was Kim Jong Nam,” said Jeong Joon-hee, the South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman.