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SEATTLE (AP) — The clamor is growing over the revised travel ban issued by President Donald Trump. Hawaii has launched a suit while Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, New York and Massachusetts plan to file a new challenge. The White House says they expect the revision to stand up to legal scrutiny.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A forecast for a robust February employment report may also be the harbinger of higher interest rates. The data firm FactSet predicts the Labor Department report today will show a job gain of 186,000 and a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point in unemployment to 4.7 percent. If so, it suggests the Federal Reserve will almost surely feel confident enough to resume raising interest rates when it meets next week.

BEIJING (AP) — An annual human rights report by China points a finger squarely at Washington. China's report cites police brutality, high levels of incarceration, racial prejudice and money politics. The report by the Information Office of the State Council is a tit-for-tat response to the U.S. State Department's yearly report on human rights around the world that said repression and coercion in China remains "severe."

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank governor says the country's economy and currency are stable but that Beijing needs to get cracking on bringing down soaring corporate debt. The comments at a news conference held during China's national legislature follows warnings that a rapid rise in debt could lead to financial trouble. The official gives no indication he foresees a financial crisis. But private analysts say China's debt burden could drag on growth.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's acting head of state is begging for calm after opponents and supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) held fierce rallies that have killed two people and divided the capital, Seoul. South Korea's defense minister has ordered the military to be on alert for possible North Korean provocations. The Constitutional Court has ruled to remove Park from office amid a corruption scandal.

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