Despite weather, hiring improves...Court rejects Kansas school funding levels...Saudis label Brotherhood

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though February's harsh weather shut down factories, reduced auto sales and slowed home sales, it hasn't prevented a gain in hiring for the month. The Labor Department reports that employers added 175,000 jobs in February. Construction companies, which usually stop work in bad weather, added 15,000 jobs. Governments added 13,000 jobs, the most in six months.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court says the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said the state's poor school districts were harmed when Kansas officials made the decision to cut certain payments as tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who argued the state had harmed students because spending cuts resulted in lower test scores.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is now labeling the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group -- putting it in a category with al-Qaida and others. Saudi officials say those who join them or support them could face up to 30 years in prison. The Brotherhood has been targeted by many Gulf nations since the July military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, a Brotherhood member.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A security guard says Oscar Pistorius told him on the phone that everything was "fine," after neighbors reported gunshots coming from the home of the South African track star on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend. The guard testified today that Pistorius called him back moments later and started crying before the line went dead. The court also heard today from a former girlfriend who said Pistorius always carried a firearm when they dated and that he once fired his gun out of the sunroof of a car. Prosecutors say Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp after an argument. Pistorius says he fired through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is ordering a manufacturer of child car seats to explain why it didn't include 1.8 million infant seats in a recall that was prompted by faulty buckles. Last month's recall of 3.8 million child seats excluded the infant seats -- and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to know why. Graco has said the child seat buckles get stuck because children drop food or drinks on them.

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