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Jobless rate down; wages flat

WASHINGTON — Despite another month of solid job growth and an economy closing in on full employment, the picture of America’s labor market looks decidedly mixed — and is likely to keep the Federal Reserve in a wait-and-see mode on raising interest rates.

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Diabetes drug’s happy side effect: Weight loss

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that taking daily shots of liraglutide (marketed as Saxenda) can help overweight or obese patients lose weight — a lot of it. Patients taking the medication lost an average of more than 12 pounds, twice as much as those on a placebo, after 56 weeks.

6 reasons to do Pilates

From Madonna to Reese Witherspoon to Kate Hudson, celebrities consistently credit Pilates as the reason for their toned physiques. It’s no wonder why Pilates tops the list as Hollywood’s workout of choice: This century-old workout boasts a number of enticing health benefits, from tightening the core to elongating the spine to improving posture. Here we reveal six compelling reasons to add Pilates to your workout rotation:

Obama urges Congress to ‘move forward’ on Cuba

WASHINGTON — In a milestone accord, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Wednesday to swiftly re-establish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, finally ending the half-century diplomatic freeze between the two Cold War adversaries.