Hiring exceeds expectations...Huckabee: US standing diminished under Obama...Ex-Christie aide fears self-incrimination

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a better-than-expected jobs report for February, as the government reports 175,000 additional jobs last month. Expectations had been lowered because of the winter storms that hit much of the country. Despite the good news, stocks have turned mostly lower on Wall Street amid continued concerns about Ukraine -- where the region of Crimea is preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the nation's standing in the world has diminished under President Barack Obama and its next leader faces a tough task in rebuilding America's might. Huckabee today told an annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists near Washington that "no one trusts us, no one listens to us, no one respects us, no one fears us." Huckabee, who is weighing a presidential campaign in 2016, says the United States has reduced its military power and other nations have taken advantage of it.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In opening statements, prosecutors in North Carolina say a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault was a domineering man who coerced a captain under his command into a three-year affair. But his defense attorneys say that in journal entries, the woman never spoke of any fear. They say she sent thousands of text messages, often sexually explicit, and contacted Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair even after he tried to end the affair. Prosecutors say they plan to ask the captain to take the stand later today.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in legal papers that there's a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination if she gives state lawmakers the records they have requested from her. The lawmakers are looking into a political payback scandal involving Christie's office. Lawyers for Bridget Anne Kelly say federal authorities have requested interviews with Kelly, her parents, her ex-husband and former in-laws. Christie fired Kelly in January after her email saying "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" was made public.

DETROIT (AP) — It's the latest in a series of suspicious fires that have destroyed parts of a long-running interactive outdoor art installation in Detroit. This time, a house that was covered in stuffed animals and dolls was destroyed by a fast-moving fire overnight. It was a key part of the installation, known as the Heidelberg Project. It's been the target of at least eight suspicious fires since May. Local and federal authorities are investigating.

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