North Carolina

Crew rescued after Navy jets crash

Two Navy jet fighters crashed off North Carolina during a training mission, and their four crew members were airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries after being plucked out of the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial fishing vessel and Coast Guard rescuers, officials said. A spokeswoman called it an "in-flight mishap."

Washington, D.C.

House, Senate start talks on Zika funding

The GOP-controlled House moved to officially begin talks on legislation to fund the fight against the Zika virus, but lawmakers immediately left town for the Memorial Day recess. The chamber adopted a motion to begin a conference panel on a Senate measure that combines $1.1 billion to fight Zika with broader spending bills.

Space station

Inflatable module fails to expand

Astronauts started inflating the very latest in space architecture: The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), an inflatable habitat that can be snapped onto the International Space Station to expand it. It's the first inflatable structure designed to protect human life in space. But the habitat failed to expand as expected. The astronauts will try again live on Friday morning.

Switzerland

Medical facilities increasingly targeted

Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said. The study by the U.N. heath agency detailed 594 attacks in 2014 and 2015 that killed 959 medics, support staff, patients and visitors. The report said more than 60 percent of the attacks deliberately targeted the medical facilities.

Libya

Refugees rescued

More than 4,000 would-be refugees were rescued at sea in one of the busiest days of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, and at least 20 died trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers took advantage of calmer seas to send desperate migrants north. The death toll was likely to grow far higher.

France

Premier opens door to labor bill changes

As demonstrations unfolded around the country, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the door to possible changes but said the government would not abandon the labor bill, which would make the country's 35-hour workweek more flexible.

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