There were 35 metropolitan areas in the United States with unemployment rates at or above 15% in January, according to a government report.
Just over half, or 19, of those unlucky cities were in California, according to the Labor Department. Michigan logged the next highest number,
with 6. Overall, jobless rates increased in the vast majority of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas.
In December, there were 25 cities with jobless rates above 15%, most of which were also in California and Michigan.
There were only 2 urban centers with rates below 5% in January. That compares with 10 areas that posted rates below 5% in December.
Pope Benedict XVI has signed a pastoral letter dealing with a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.
British Airways cabin crew members will go ahead with their strikes beginning at midnight Friday after talks between the union and the airline broke down, a union official said Friday.
Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Barack Obama.
Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Friday:
Health care - Democratic congressional leaders unveiled a long-awaited $940 billion compromise health care plan Thursday, setting the stage for a final legislative showdown on President Obama's domestic priority. Obama plans to talk about health care reform in a speech at 11:35 a.m. ET on Friday. His speech comes as the House nears a climactic health care vote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will talk with reporters at 11 a.m. ET Friday; House Minority Leader John Boehner will speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.
We look at where things stand and break down the statements being made today. FULL POST
9:30 am ET - CBC discusses health reform - The Congressional Black Caucus holds a briefing regarding health care reform legislation.
11:00 am ET - Pelosi briefing on health care reform - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a briefing regarding the health care bill on Capitol Hill.
Lincoln Davis: The fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Tennessee, who cast a “no” vote last November on the Affordable Health Care for America Act, is among a group of lawmakers facing intense pressure to reveal how they will vote now on the $940 billion compromise plan.
On his Web site, Rep. Davis writes, “Please be sure to email me to let me know how you feel about healthcare in our country. As always, I will continue to analyze all legislation using my independent Tennessee values as a guide.”
The congressman describes his upbringing and background as “pure Tennessee” and says, "I will take positions because they are right for the people of Tennessee's Fourth District, not because they are right for Democrats or Republicans alone."
CNN: Where does health care reform stand?
A late season winter storm will slam the Rockies and the central Plains beginning today. A winter storm warning is in effect for Denver through midnight tonight. The western suburbs could see up to a foot of snow.
Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery."
British Airways and the union representing its cabin crews were back at the bargaining table Friday trying to head off a series of two consecutive weekend strikes.
Israel is refusing to back down on its decision to build new homes in largely Arab East Jerusalem, but it is offering a package of measures to kick-start the peace process, Middle East envoy Tony Blair told CNN Friday.
An update from London on some of the stories we're expecting to develop through the day Friday:
BA strike - British Airways and the union representing its cabin crews are resuming talks aimed at avoiding a series of two consecutive weekend strikes.
Brazil church scandal - A police investigation continues in Brazil after a televised report included a video purporting to show an 82-year-old Catholic priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy.
Lady Gaga's former boyfriend, producer and business partner, is suing the pop star for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance.
President Obama is postponing a trip to Indonesia and Australia to remain in Washington for the expected House vote on the health care bill, a spokesman said.
The killer of a 16-year-old girl who bragged about his crimes was electrocuted Thursday night, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections said.