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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department employment data being released today is seen by many as extra important because of the December and January hiring slumps and a harsh winter that took its toll on other key economic indicators. Economists surveyed by FactSet predict 145,000 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate stayed at 6.6 percent.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is the focus of state attention today with an important ruling on education funding on the schedule. It will determine whether the state must increase funding beyond the more than $3 billion it spends annually. It could also affect the Republican governor's deep tax cuts. The original lawsuit accused lawmakers of reneging on funding promises.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists is in full swing near Washington and today's agenda features some of the GOP's most prominent religious conservatives. It's seen as the early auditions for the Republican Party's next presidential contest. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will take the podium, as will Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pew Research Center survey out today finds half of American adults ages 18 to 33 are self-described political independents. At the same time half of these so-called millennials are Democrats or lean left, the highest share for any age group over the last decade. In addition, young adults tend to be turning away from their predecessors' proclivity for religion and marriage.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Facebook and YouTube could go invisible in Turkey where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn), who is fighting a corruption scandal, has threatened further steps to censor the Internet. His comments late yesterday came as the Internet has carried incriminating recordings of alleged wiretapped telephone conversations of the prime minister.

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