March 7th, 2014
09:54 AM ET

Economy Adds 175,000 Jobs

The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services.

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, an improvement from January and ahead of economists' expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%, from 6.6% the prior month as more Americans joined the labor force. Both numbers were reported by the Department of Labor on Friday morning.

"It's just a steady-as-she-goes recovery. Not fast enough, but not easy to derail," said Justin Wolfers, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution on Twitter.

Economists had been expecting a weaker jobs number due to colder than usual weather throughout much of the country in February. Ice and snow can postpone hiring if businesses close, or even cause a decline in outdoor jobs, like construction.

That didn't happen though. Instead, hiring picked up across many sectors. Construction added 15,000 jobs, restaurants and bars added 20,100 jobs and education and health services added 33,000 jobs.

By far, the strongest hiring came from professional and business services industries, which include accountants, architects and technology workers. This sector alone added 79,000 jobs last month.

Deloitte CFO Frank Friedman said his company is planning to hire around 19,000 workers this fiscal year, ranging from "a campus kid coming off an undergraduate degree, to a very experienced person that comes in as a partner."

"We are going to continue to hire," he said. "Our business continues to be good and we're optimistic."

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March 7th, 2014
09:50 AM ET

Helping Teen Girls Get on the 'Write' Path

After being laid off from a corporate job, many people might use their severance money to pay bills or buy groceries.

Keren Taylor used hers to launch a nonprofit.

"A lot of people were wondering what the hell I was doing," Taylor said.

The former sales executive dipped into her savings and began working 18-hour days to start a creative writing program for at-risk teenagers in Los Angeles.

"Some of our girls face the greatest challenges teens could ever face: violence at home, violence in their community, huge schools with security guards in the parking lot and in the lunchroom," said Taylor, 50. "They need to know that their voice is important. Their stories are important."

In the Los Angeles public schools, nearly one in five students drops out before high school graduation.

In the last 12 years, Taylor's organization, WriteGirl, has helped around 500 girls graduate high school and go on to college.

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March 7th, 2014
08:23 AM ET

Groping Allegation Against Army Officer Who Helps Fight Sex Crime

The U.S. Army is investigating an allegation that an officer whose job includes training sex crimes prosecutors groped a female lawyer in 2011, an Obama administration official told CNN.

The Army did not name the officer but the official identified him as Lt. Col. Joseph Morse, who has been suspended from his duties as chief of a service-wide legal program based in Virginia.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating and also will look for any other misconduct as a routine part of the probe, according to the official, who was not identified for full attribution due to the ongoing investigation.

An Army spokesman confirmed the probe and said the officer had been suspended, but did not provide any additional information.

The grouping allegedly occurred at a litigation training conference on prosecuting sex assault, the official told CNN.

Stars and Stripes and the Washington Post first reported on the investigation.

Stars and Stripes also reported that Morse was the lead prosecutor in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to the mass murder of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.

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March 7th, 2014
08:05 AM ET

Alleged Bitcoin Creator Pursued in LA Car Chase

Bitcoin has had a lot of firsts lately. This time, it spurred its first ever car chase across Los Angeles.

On Thursday, news reporters in cars sped after 64-year-old retired engineer Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. The reason: a story in Newsweek fingered him as the probable genius behind the digital currency.

Nakamoto had agreed to hop into a Prius and give an Associated Press reporter an interview over sushi. But when he left his suburban home in Temple City, Calif., he was met with a throng of reporters who proceeded to chase him across town.

On Twitter, Los Angeles Times deputy business editor Joe Bel Bruno, who was also part of the chase, described how reporters barged into the restaurant.

"This is the OJ Simpson-esque chase of #Nakamoto! YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS UP," Bel Bruno posted.


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