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Wall Street stocks were slightly higher Monday as traders focused on the US July jobs report coming later this week which could, if strong, support an early rate rise by the Federal Reserve. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case had strengthened for an increase in the benchmark federal funds rate, suggesting that strong hiring numbers this coming Friday could tip the Fed's hand, as early as its September 20-21 policy meeting. The broad-based S&P 500 added 0.4 percent at 2,178.42, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 0.3 percent to 5,232.37.
A freak lightning storm has killed 323 reindeer in a remote mountainous area of Norway, officials said on Monday. Dead animals were found lying on top of each other, many with their antlers entangled, after the thunderstorm on the Hardanger plateau in southern Norway on Friday. "We've never had anything like this with lightning," Kjartan Knutsen of Norway's nature surveillance agency said, adding there were sometimes isolated cases of sheep or reindeer struck down.
OFF THE COAST OF LIBYA (AP) — Italian naval ships and vessels from non-government groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.