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By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continue reducing its monetary stimulus. Employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month after creating 129,000 new positions in January, the Labor Department said on Friday. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low of 6.6 percent, as Americans flooded into the labor market to search for work. "It reinforces the case for the economy being stronger than it's looked for the last couple of months," said Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — With the Pentagon under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks, opening statements began Friday in a rare court-martial of an Army general — believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military to face trial on sex assault charges.
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Russia, Crimean politicians discuss next week's referendum
MOSCOW – Crimea would be welcome as an equal part of Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said Friday. Valentina Matvienko met with the head of the Crimean ...
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Ex-Girlfriend Says 'Blade Runner' Had a Temper and Loved His Gun
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts during the fourth day of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, March 6, 2014. Werner Beukes—Reuters. Samantha Taylor says Oscar Pistorius was trigger happy and quick to get ...
Pistorius trial: Ex-girlfriend gives evidence
Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Ex-girlfriend says Blade Runner shot at traffic light ...
Pistorius fired pistol out of car sun-roof, court hears
Ukraine decides to compete in Paralympics in Sochi
SOCHI, Russia -- Ukraine will compete in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi despite Russia's military moves in Crimea. The Ukrainian Paralympic Committee decided against boycotting the games, announcing a few hours before Friday's opening ceremony that ...
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