News Wrap: February jobs report shows strongest U.S. hiring since 2016

News Wrap: February jobs report shows strongest U.S. hiring since 2016

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In the day’s other news: The latest U.S. jobs
report showed the strongest pace of hiring since 2016. The Labor Department said, in
February, U.S. employers added a net of 273,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell slightly
to 3.5 percent, matching a 50-year low. And job growth in December and January was revised
upward by 85,000 positions. The report was completed before coronavirus
effects spread in the U.S. Democrats on a U.S. congressional committee
accused Boeing today of — quote — “a culture of concealment” involving issues with its
737 MAX passenger jetliner. The House Transportation Committee members said that the problem contributed
to two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. The report also blamed poor oversight by the
Federal Aviation Administration. In Afghanistan, at least 32 people were killed
when two gunmen opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul. The Islamic State group claimed
responsibility. Dozens of people were wounded and rushed into ambulances. From hospital beds, survivors described the
chaos. ESANULLAH, Victim (through translator): Suddenly,
firing started. People around me got wounded. One of my friends was wounded as well. As
I carried my friend, people started running. I fell down and they stepped over me. A lot
of people were wounded and martyred. JUDY WOODRUFF: The attack came just days after
the Taliban signed a precursor to a peace deal. ISIS is not party to that agreement. A cease-fire took effect in Northwestern Syria
today, stopping the fighting between Syrian and Turkish forces. Turkey had opposed a Syrian
offensive in Idlib province that sent refugees flooding to the Turkish border. Today, people
in makeshift camps said the halt to shelling and airstrikes will not let them return home.
Previous cease-fires failed to hold. Back in this country, Ohio State University
announced a settlement with some of the men who say that a team doctor sexually abused
them. The late Dr. Richard Strauss allegedly groped and mistreated some 350 athletes over
the course of several decades. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. In the Democratic presidential campaign, Bernie
Sanders went after the newly resurgent Joe Biden. In Phoenix, Arizona, Sanders criticized
Biden’s support as a senator for trade deals, for the Iraq War, and policies that opposed
gay marriage and gay military service. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate:
It’s a very difficult moment. We all know that. And all I can tell you, whether it was
Iraq, whether it was DOMA, whether it was don’t ask, don’t tell, those were difficult
votes. I was there on the right side of history. And my friend Joe Biden wasn’t. JUDY WOODRUFF: Sanders also accused Biden
of trying over the years to cut Social Security. Biden fired back on Twitter, saying: “Get
real, Bernie. The only person who’s going to cut Social Security if he’s elected is
Donald Trump.” The U.S. Justice Department today rejected
a federal judge’s criticism of Attorney General William Barr. The judge yesterday accused
Barr of making misleading statements about the special counsel’s Russia report. A department
spokeswoman disputed the criticism, and said Barr relied on Justice Department lawyers
and others in making his judgments. President Trump got a firsthand look today
at this week’s tornado damage in Central Tennessee; 24 people were killed in the region on Tuesday
night. In Putnam County, east of Nashville, the president toured wrecked neighborhoods.
Later, he also met with displaced families. And on Wall Street, stocks fell hard again,
on coronavirus fears, and then clawed back some of the losses. In the end, the Dow Jones
industrial average was down 256 points to close at 25864. The Nasdaq fell 163 points,
and the S&P 500 gave up 51. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: when coronavirus
hits a country without guaranteed sick leave — American workers and the threat of the
outbreak; after Elizabeth Warren bows out of the race, a look at sexism on the campaign
trail; Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze a resurgent Joe Biden and a remade political
map; plus musician Robbie Robertson, best known for the rock group The Band, as scene
through a documentarian’s lens.

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