U.S. job growth offers upbeat sign for weather-beaten economy
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.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:16:08 -0500
Conflicting accounts open U.S. Army general's sex crimes trial
By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - Opening statements in the military trial of a U.S. Army general accused of twice forcibly sodomizing a female captain during their illicit sexual relationship provided sharply conflicting accounts on Friday of what drove the adulterous affair. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair stands accused of forcing the junior officer under his command to perform oral sex, of grabbing her genitalia against her will and of having intercourse with her in public places. The 51-year-old general, who is married, denies sexually assaulting the captain and says the relationship was consensual, although inappropriate by military standards. The rare court-martial of a high-ranking U.S. military official is unfolding in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, amid a growing debate among U.S. lawmakers over how best to curb sexual assault in the military.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:36:01 -0500
Colorado theater shooter lawyers ask Supreme Court for reporter's sources
Attorneys for the man charged with mass murder for shooting dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force a reporter to reveal confidential sources she used for a story about the massacre. James Holmes, 26, faces the death penalty in the shooting rampage that killed 12 people and injured dozens more at a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2012. His attorneys filed a petition on Thursday, asking the Supreme Court to consider overturning a 2013 ruling by New York's top state court, the Court of Appeals, which found that New York's journalist shield law protected Fox News reporter Jana Winter from being compelled to testify in Holmes' case in Colorado. Holmes' lawyers said Winter's testimony is necessary to determine the identity of law enforcement officials who violated a gag order and divulged some of the contents of a notebook Holmes allegedly sent to a psychiatrist before the shooting incident.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:52:17 -0500
Taxis, limos upset over rules for tech competition
DENVER (AP) Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:42:40 -0500
Accuser takes stand in general's sex assault case
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) Sobbing on the witness stand, the Army captain whose sexual assault accusations triggered the court-martial of a general testified Friday that they had a three-year affair and that he threatened to kill her and her family and "do it in a way no one would ever know" if she ever told anyone.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:42:34 -0500
AP Newsbreak: Deputy accused of illegal stops
RENO, Nev. (AP) A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:38:38 -0500
4 couples sue Indiana over same-sex marriage ban
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Four gay couples from southern Indiana sued the state Friday, seeking to force Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state and issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:38:30 -0500
Hillary Clinton urges equality for women and girls
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that achieving equality for women and girls is "the great unfinished business of the 21st century."
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:35:37 -0500
King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument
ATLANTA (AP) The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:35:12 -0500
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