Our early headlines:
-- Jobless Rate Ticks Up, But Job Growth Is Better Than Expected
-- U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says
Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:14 am
The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 6.7 percent in February from 6.6 percent the month before, but employers added more jobs than expected, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
According to BLS, the number of jobs on public and private payrolls grew by 175,000 last month — about 25,000 more than economists had expected.
Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:22 am
One day after President Obama condemned steps taken by Crimea's parliament to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, Russian lawmakers are welcoming such a move by Crimean separatists.
"Russia's parliament gave its defiant support Friday to Crimean lawmakers who want to see their region split from Ukraine and join Russia," CNN reports from Moscow.
Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:39 am
Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency tells NPR.