OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former presidential candidates and a few new potential White House contenders known for their focus on social values are trying out their speeches, as early auditions for the next Republican presidential contest rolled on Friday at the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continue reducing its monetary stimulus. Employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month after creating 129,000 new positions in January, the Labor Department said on Friday. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low of 6.6 percent, as Americans flooded into the labor market to search for work. "It reinforces the case for the economy being stronger than it's looked for the last couple of months," said Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston.
The U.S. women's soccer team lost 1-0 to Sweden at the Algarve Cup, ending its 43-game unbeaten run.
MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $8,000.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you thought mushing was limited to Americans and Canadians, you'd be wrong.