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Jobless Rate Falls to 8.3%, Altering Face of Campaign

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - The burst of job growth in January gives President Obama a fresh - but tricky - opportunity to revise the grim economic narrative of his presidency while offering Mitt Romney a choice: embrace a new optimism or campaign against a sinking ...
The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Anti-Assad protesters break into Cairo, Berlin embassies

Jerusalem Post -
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL AND REUTERS 02/04/2012 06:55 Both buildings vandalized; Rallies against Syrian president also held in United States, Britain; Assad loyalist forces kill more than 200 in Homs; UNSC due to vote on Syria resolution Saturday.

Internet Fury Sparks Komen Reversal, $3 Million for Planned Parenthood

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image $3 Million for Planned Parenthood $3 Million for Planned Parenthood David McNew/Getty Images Planned Parenthood supporters rally in the Los Angeles.

Bill Belichick, team rested

Boston Herald -
By Ian R. Rapoport / Patriots Notebook INDIANAPOLIS - The week of physical work is done, and the Patriots [team stats] will mostly rest today.

Romney Looks to Solidify Front-Runner Status in Nevada Caucuses

San Francisco Chronicle -
Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Mitt Romney is looking to solidify his front-runner status in the Republican presidential nomination race today with a win in Nevada's caucuses, a victory that polls show is within his grasp.

Hacker Group Anonymous Intercepted US Call Over Investigation

BusinessWeek -
By Michael Riley and Patricia Hurtado Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The US government said the online hacker group Anonymous intercepted a telephone call between FBI agents and UK authorities involving a joint investigation of the group.

Israel's profound choice on Iran

Los Angeles Times -
In the end it will come down to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His senior officials will make their cases, but he alone will have to make one of the most critical decisions in Israel's history: whether to attack Iran's nuclear program.

Death toll climbs as protests escalate in Egypt

CNN International -
Cairo (CNN) -- Nine people died over two days in clashes between Egyptian police and protesters amid reports of inadequate security at a soccer match that devolved into a riot in which 79 fans were killed, officials said Friday.

Heavy Snowstorm Hits Colorado on Its Way East

ABC News -
The most powerful storm of the winter season pounded Colorado and parts of neighboring states on Friday, creating whiteout conditions on the eastern plains, cancelling more than 600 flights in Denver and closing hundreds of miles of highway between ...

2nd teacher from LA school arrested on sex claim

Boston Herald -
By AP LOS ANGELES - A second teacher at an inner-city elementary school where a teacher is accused of committing lewd acts on 23 children was arrested Friday on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom.

Catholics plan counterattack on new contraception coverage

Los Angeles Times -
Church vows to use courts and legislation to fight 'un-American' requirement for religious employers to provide contraception to workers with government-required health insurance.

Portrait of late-US Sen Stevens unveiled at Alaska State Museum, will hang in ...

Washington Post -
JUNEAU, Alaska - An overflow crowd turned out Friday evening to witness the unveiling of a portrait of the late-US Sen. Ted Stevens at the Alaska State Museum.

Dow Logs Highest Close Since May 2008 -
Stocks ended near session highs Friday, with the Dow finishing at its best level since May 2008, buoyed by a monthly government employment report that blew past estimates and a handful of impressive economic news.

Getting It Wrong on the BLS Employment Report

Economic Populist -
The December to January unemployment statistics are often reported wrong in the press. We're sorry, god love ya, but these articles are plain incorrect.

Central bank liquidity tap to stay open

Reuters -
By Richard Hubbard | LONDON (Reuters) - After a blockbuster January for both equities and bonds - rallies that caught many in the market by surprise - investors will be paying keen attention to the world's central banks in the coming week for signs of ...

Trump backs Romney

Albany Times Union -
AP Donald Trump greets Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, after announcing his endorsement of Romney during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Paul counting on rural Nevadans

Politico -
PAHRUMP, Nev. - This is Ron Paul country. Paul won rural Nye County in southern Nevada four years ago with 415 votes, just 16 more than Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney Fails the Empathy Test

The Root -
In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson argues that GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's cavalier dismissal of poverty in America highlights just how culturally unaware and ignorant he is about the nation he hopes to lead.

Steve Kraske | Missouri primary debacle is costly

Kansas City Star -
By STEVE KRASKE We have a presidential primary on Tuesday that doesn't matter, but it's going to cost taxpayers millions. The candidates don't even care - only Rick Santorum bothered to campaign in the state.

EU wants a pause on Google privacy policy

Outcome Magazine -
BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) - European officials have asked Google to put its recently announced privacy policy changes on hold while they ensure they don't breach data protection laws.

Review: New Nokia Lumia 710 is quick, light

The Seattle Times -
It's a modest device and easy-to-use. And one of the stronger points of the Lumia 710 is the Windows Phone 7 software. Compared with Android, Windows Phone 7 is generally a much more visually appealing and intuitive operating system.

Popular character actor Ben Gazzara dies in NY

Fox News -
NEW YORK - Ben Gazzara, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in such iconic productions over the decades as the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway and the film "The ...

Three cheers for Madonna

Boston Herald -
By Jed Gottlieb Madonna's betting on a lot of overlap between her fan base and Gronk's. Not only is she jumping back into the scene with her Sunday halftime gig, but her “Give Me All Your Luvin' ” video is an orgy of rah-rahing cheerleaders and beefy ...

Prosecutors close Lance Armstrong investigation

San Francisco Chronicle -
Greg Risling, AP Laurent Rebours / AP CORRECTS YEAR OF FILE PHOTO TO 2004, NOT, 2005 - FILE - In this July 22, 2004, file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling ...

Peyton Manning's doctor gives QB clearance to play; Owner Irsay refutes -
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning has received the OK from his surgeon to start taking hits again. A spokesman for Dr. Robert Watkins said in a one-paragraph email sent late Thursday night that the Colts' star was cleared to play.

Heat at their finest in win over Sixers

Dwyane Wade had 26 points, five boards and four assists in Miami's win. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA - Let's start with the appropriate perspective here: Just as the Sixers' blitzing of Chicago on Wednesday didn't suddenly ...

Diving Into the Details for When the Super Bowl Comes to New York

New York Times -
INDIANAPOLIS - He had passed the spot where fans could pose with the Lombardi Trophy. Had stared at the college draft set that provides another photo opportunity.

Knicks Come Up Short in Loss to Celtics

New York Times -
BOSTON - The faint echoes of playoffs past became a deafening roar late Friday evening, a symbolic extension of the Knicks' last meaningful appearance here.

Space voyages shouldn't become politically incorrect -
An artist's conception shows an astronaut examining the Mars Pathfinder mission's Sojourner rover, which operated on the Red Planet in 1997.

Latest Hubble photo may solve mysteries of the Milky Way

The State Column -
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a photo of a stunning spiral galaxy, the latest such image to make its way across the internet.

Minn. food company recalls about 1 million eggs in 34 states

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota food company said Friday it is recalling more than a million hard-cooked eggs distributed to 34 states after testing revealed some may be contaminated with listeria.

Malaria kills more people worldwide than once thought, study says

Los Angeles Times -
In an alarming statistical turn, the number of malaria deaths every year may be vastly underestimated, according to new research re-examining mortality rates from 1980 to 2010.


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