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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though the unemployment rate is up a notch -- to 5.7 percent -- the other numbers are all positive from this morning's January jobs report. Employers hired at a stellar pace, with the economy adding a seasonally-adjusted 257,000 jobs. And the number of jobs added in previous months was revised much higher. Wages rose by the most in six years.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral service is being held this morning for the woman who drove her SUV onto train tracks, resulting in an explosive crash between her vehicle and a commuter train north of New York City. A witness had said that 49-year-old Ellen Brody got out of her car when a railroad crossing gate came down on her Mercedes SUV, but then she got back in and drove onto the track, right in the path of the train. Five rail passengers also were killed.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Air safety officials in Taiwan say an engine of TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went dead just 37 seconds after takeoff from an airport in Taipei. They say based on preliminary findings from the flight data recorder, the pilots then apparently shut off the other engine in a futile attempt to restart both. But it was too late. The plane banked steeply, scraped a highway overpass and crashed into a river. At least 35 people are dead and another eight are still missing. Only 15 people survived.

BEIRUT (AP) — Observers say Syrian army helicopters have dropped two barrel bombs on a crowded square in the northern city of Aleppo, killing 47 civilians as they sat on a bus and collected water. Last night's attack by government forces on the rebel-held city came hours after rebels bombarded the capital, Damascus, killing nine. Other activists say Syrian airstrikes on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus claimed more than 80 lives yesterday.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is finishing renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a barber shop for the homeless. Each "homeless pilgrim," as Vatican Radio called them, will receive a kit including a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. The showers will be open every day but Wednesday, when the piazza is full for the pope's general audience. Haircuts are available Mondays, when barbers can donate their time because barber shops are closed.

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