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US crude settles down $1.15, at $49.61 a barrel - @CNBCnow

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50th anniversary of Selma to Montgomery marches

Full list of delegation going to Selma, Ala., for 50th anniversary of civil rights marches; 13 US senators, 85 House members to attend - @NBCNews

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Canada

3 people are charged over roles in hacking US email providers, says Department of Justice - @Reuters

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United States

The number of US oil rigs drilling new wells falls for the 13th straight week - @BloombergNews

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Winter storm hits US East, March 4-5, 2015

Nearly 800 flights canceled, 2,300 delayed in US as of Friday afternoon due to winter weather as storm moves out to sea - @Reuters

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United States

Editor's note: The Wall Street Journal notes that the jobs report released earlier today by the Labor Department shows that unemployment fell in every state and the nation’s capital in 2014. That hasn't happened since 1984. - Tom

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

US military official: No decision yet on training of Ukrainian national guard troops battling Russian-backed separatists - @Reuters

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United States

US employers added 295K jobs in February, jobless rate falls to 5.5% - @BLS_gov

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Winter storm hits US East, March 4-5, 2015

Map: All-time March record lows forecast in many areas of Northeastern US - @weatherchannel

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US ambassador attacked in South Korea

Police in South Korea seeking attempted murder charges in connection with attack on US Ambassador Mark Lippert - @Reuters

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Hillary Clinton private email use

US State Department is reportedly reviewing whether Hillary Clinton's use of private e-mail during her 4 years leading the agency violated policies designed to protect sensitive information, senior department official says - @washingtonpost

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US ambassador attacked in South Korea

South Korea looking into possible link between US Ambassador Mark Lippert's attacker and suspect's visits to North Korea, authorities say - @W7VOA

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US ambassador attacked in South Korea

Police say they are searching home, office of South Korean man who attacked US Ambassador Mark Lippert - @YonhapNews

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United States Federal Reserve System

More: US largest banks appear to have financial strength to survive severe recession, Federal Reserve says - @nytimes

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United States Federal Reserve System

US banks all stay above 5% minimum capital hurdle in Federal Reserve stress test - @Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Syria's state-run news agency reports commander of al-Nusra Front militant group was killed in suspected air strike; US coalition denies conducting recent air strikes in the region - @BBCNews

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markets

US stocks close higher ahead of key jobs report; Dow adds 38 and Nasdaq up 0.3% after ECB raises forecasts - @CNNMoney, @CNBC

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US same-sex marriage

More than 300 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, ask US Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality - @verge

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United States

Editor's note: Of Cardinal Edward Egan, who died today at age 82, the New York Times writes: '.. the cardinal was one of America’s most visible Catholic leaders, invoking prayers for justice when terrorists struck on 9/11 and escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his historic visit to the city in April 2008.' - Tom

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Syrian civil war

No new US-led coalition strikes in Syria's Idlib province following reports of a blast targeting Al-Nusra front - @Reuters

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