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WASHINGTON (AP) — After a couple months of winter doldrums, economists are predicting an upturn in employment data for February. Economists surveyed by FactSet say they believe February saw the creation of 145,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 6.6 percent.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto says he's not the person Newsweek says people should think he is. In an AP interview, Nakamoto says he is not the creator of bitcoin, the world's most popular digital currency. He says he had nothing to do with it and hadn't even heard of bitcoin until a few weeks ago. A Newsweek article named him as being behind the mercurial digital currency.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama want to school people on the importance of education. They'll do that today by visiting a Miami high school to talk to students about how education can help the country succeed economically. The Obamas have been working to encourage young people, particularly minorities, to pursue a college education.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A remote controlled bomb on a motorcycle has killed five people and wounded eight in a market in southern Afghanistan. Officials say the motorcycle exploded in the center of the market in a restive district. No one immediately took responsibility for the bombing, but the area has a heavy presence of Taliban insurgents.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — That SARS-related respiratory virus centered in Saudi Arabia has claimed its 62nd victim. Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says the man died in a Riyadh hospital yesterday. The ministry also reports that a chronically ill Saudi man who was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh became a new positive case of the virus, bringing to 150 the number of people infected in the kingdom since late 2012.

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