8:59am

Fri March 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA: Skin-Lightening Creams Pose Mercury Threat

FDA

What is it with heavy metals showing up in cosmetics?

First it was lead in lipstick. Now, the Food and Drug Administration warns that some beauty products made overseas contain mercury.

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8:46am

Fri March 9, 2012
Local

Archeological team surveys thousands of acres of forestland near Ball, La.

A U.S. Forest Service archeology team is canvassing a large portion of the Kistachie National Forest in search of pre-historic camp sites and larger habitations.

8:45am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Salt

Insect Experts Issue 'Urgent' Warning On Using GM Seeds

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:28 pm

For America's agricultural biotech companies, the corn rootworm is threatening to turn into their worst nightmare.

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8:30am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

'Horrified' by Destruction She Saw, U.N. Humanitarian Chief Presses Syria

Feb. 11, 2012: some of the damage in the Baba Amr district of Homs, Syria.
AFP/Getty Images

There are stark words this morning from the U.N.'s top humanitarian affairs official about what she saw this week during a two-day visit to Syria. In a statement sent to reporters, Valerie Amos says, in part:

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8:27am

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Friday Political Grab Bag: Economy Adds More Jobs Than Experts Forecast Etc

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 8:50 am

In another sign that the economic recovery is deepening, the U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February, according to the Labor Department, more than what many economists had expected. Meanwhile, the jobless rate of 8.3 percent remained unchanged from the prior month even as more workers entered the workforce. The news kept alive a trend helpful to President Obama re-election chances.

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8:17am

Fri March 9, 2012
Economy

Will Improving Economy Bring Surge Of Job Seekers?

People waited in line to get into a job fair in Independence, Ohio, in November.
Tony Dejak AP

William Johnson, a graphic designer by trade, recalls with much bitterness the long, grinding job hunt that followed his 2007 pink slip in Milwaukee.

"There were some people I emailed or called 10 or 15 times," he says. "After a few years of that, not hearing back from people ... slowly but surely I just sort of gave up."

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7:38am

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Next For GOP: A Brief Stop In Kansas And A Southern Swing

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 7:39 am

Rick Santorum poses with people at Harvest Graphics, a small business, during a campaign stop Wedneday in Lenexa, Kansas.
Julie Denesha Getty Images
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Up next in the Republican presidential race is Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas — the 1996 GOP presidential nominee — is urging the state's Republican electorate to back Mitt Romney.

Dole, who had endorsed Romney months ago, called the former Massachusetts governor "a main street conservative" in a statement Thursday, released by the Romney campaign.

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7:32am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Stayed At 8.3 Percent In February

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 8:53 am

There were 227,000 net jobs added to private and public payrolls last month and the nation's unemployment rate remained unchanged, at 8.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

We'll have more from the report shortly. And watch for the Planet Money blog to add its take later.

Update at 9:50 a.m. ET. White House Comment:

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7:05am

Fri March 9, 2012

6:45am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Likely Held Steady At 8.3 Percent, Economists Say

Will more signs such as this be showing up? (Nov. 30, 2011 file photo from San Rafael, Calif.)
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Here's what to expect at 8:30 a.m. ET when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its much-anticipated February jobs report, economists say:

-- "The economy probably created 210,000 jobs last month, according to a Reuters survey, following January's tally of 243,000. The unemployment rate is expected to have held at a three-year low of 8.3 percent."

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