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Economists expect decent jobless numbers for February ... Several states plan to sue over revised travel ban ... Zuckerbergs expecting baby No. 2

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2017 at 4:44 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists believe that U.S. hiring was at a brisk pace in February. When the government releases jobless figures this morning, experts surveyed by the firm FactSet say they'll likely show that the economy added 186,000 jobs last month, and that the jobless rate dropped to a-tenth of a percentage point, to 4.7 percent.

SEATTLE (AP) — Several states are heading to federal court to challenge President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. A federal judge last month halted the old travel ban, and now the attorney general for Washington state wants that judge to include the revised travel ban in last month's order that halted the first ban. Hawaii already has filed a lawsuit over the revised ban, and Washington state, Minnesota, Oregon, New York and Massachusetts plan to file a new complaint on Monday.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian military says its warplanes have killed more than 600 militants in just one week while backing the Syrian army's offensive against the Islamic State group. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff says Russian aircraft have carried out 452 airstrikes in support of the Syrian government forces' push east of the city of Aleppo. He says Syrian government forces have recaptured from IS 92 towns and villages across a territory of 185 square miles in the past week.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have formally identified Kim Jong Nam as the victim of a fatal nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13. Kim was the long-estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler, and the North has refused to acknowledge he was the victim of the attack in which two women smeared a nerve agent on his face. Many speculate that the North orchestrated the attack.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting daughter No. 2. Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan already have a 15-month-old daughter named Max. Zuckerberg says on Facebook that he's happy his daughter will have a sister. He says he grew up with three sisters and they taught him to learn from smart, strong women.

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