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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed in early trading on Wall Street, a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at another all-time high. Traders appear unimpressed by news of a slight increase in hiring at private companies last month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey finds that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month. Payroll processor ADP says businesses added 139,000 jobs last month, up from only 127,000 in January. But January's figure was revised sharply lower from an original estimate of 175,000. The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and often diverge from the government's more comprehensive report, coming out Friday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's chief information officer is resigning, effective today, as the retailer overhauls its information security and compliance division in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach. Beth Jacob has had the job since 2008 and oversaw teams in the U.S. and India. Target says it's working with an outside adviser to help it evaluate its technology, structure, processes and talent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time, former IRS official Lois Lerner is refusing to answer questions at a congressional hearing on the targeting of tea party groups. She invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself when she appeared today at a hearing by the House Oversight Committee. Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.

PARIS (AP) — The European Union is putting together a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine. The new loans and grants will help support Kiev while it negotiates a broad bailout program with the International Monetary Fund. The EU is also freezing the assets of 18 people held responsible of misusing state funds in Ukraine.

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