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January employment data looks positive...Investigators look at engines in crash...EU readies Ukraine sanctions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department is about to release official employment data for January and it's expected to remain upbeat. Economists surveyed by FactSet predict January was the 12th straight month of job creation above 200,000. They forecast that the economy gained 230,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate remains 5.6 percent.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Engine power has emerged as point of discussion in the crash of a TransAsia flight on takeoff from Taiwan's capital, Taipei. Officials say preliminary flight recorder data shows one engine went idle 37 seconds after takeoff and the other was apparently shut down before a vain attempt to restart both. The crash killed at least 35 people.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it's aiming new money at what appear to be the root causes behind the rise of the Islamic State group. An extra 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) for Iraq and Syria over two years will be backed by measures like anti-radicalization programs, fresh aid, and steps to tackle terror financing and counter the flow of foreign fighters. Education and job training for young people will be a priority.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which deals with complaints against the intelligence services, has partially sided with civil liberties groups who complain about the government's electronic snooping on citizens. The tribunal says British spies acted illegally when they scooped up data gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency. But it says the practices are now legal, because the lawsuit had made the details public.

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says she and French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') will "use all our power" as they carry a Ukraine peace proposal to Moscow. Meanwhile, the European Union is targeting 19 people in a new list of sanctions set for approval barring a major breakthrough. Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are converging on Munich for a security conference amid violence in Ukraine.

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