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WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's unemployment report could renew hopes that economic growth will accelerate this year. The government says hiring improved in February from the previous two months, despite a blast of wintry weather. Employers added 175,000 jobs last month, up from just 129,000 in January. The unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low of 6.6 percent.
UNDATED (AP) — The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament says if the citizens of Ukraine's Crimea region decide to join Russia in a referendum March 16, they'll be "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation." Meanwhile, authorities say they received a threat that a terrorist attack was planned on a plane carrying Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') home after he addressed European Union leaders in Brussels. Austria's Interior Ministry says SWAT teams boarded the Austrian Airlines flight after it landed in Vienna last night, and found nothing out of the ordinary.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Ukraine has decided to participate in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. The head of Ukraine's Paralympic Committee says the country's athletes will stay and compete in Sochi despite Russia's military moves in Crimea. But he tells the Russian news agency R-Sport, "I don't know to what extent the team can focus on the result now."
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's outdoor art installation called the Heidelberg project has now been the target of at least nine suspicious fires. A local TV station (WDIV-TV) reports the latest blaze happened this morning, and it destroyed a building known as the "Doll House." No injuries were reported. There have been no arrests in any of the fires that started in May 2013. The Heidelberg Project was founded in 1986 on Detroit's east-side as a response to urban decay.
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that's a fortune cookie. Seventy-five-year-old Emma Duvoll of New York picked up her $2 million prize yesterday for the Feb. 1 Powerball drawing. The retired Bronx resident played the numbers she found in a fortune cookie she'd gotten after dining at a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village. Duvoll says she plans to invest her winnings and may splurge on a trip to Switzerland to see relatives.
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