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10 things to know for Friday

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. EMPLOYMENT REPORT RENEWS HOPE FOR ECONOMY

The Labor Department says 175,000 jobs were added in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather.

2. WHY U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA COULD BACKFIRE

Stiffer U.S. and EU penalties over Ukraine could sting Russia's already slow-growing economy. And Russia could retaliate.

3. UKRAINE'S LEADERSHIP TURNS TO OLIGARCHS FOR HELP

The decision to appoint the country's richest men as regional administrators has risks, but their wealth and influence could be key to calming tensions.

4. WHO'S DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM BITCOIN

Dorian S. Nakamoto, the man Newsweek points to as the creator of the digital currency exchange, denies he had anything to do with it.

5. PISTORIUS NEIGHBOR SAYS BANGS WERE GUNSHOTS

Johan Stipp testifies he heard a woman's screams and a man's shouts before a second group of sounds he identified as gunshots, not a cricket bat hitting the door.

6. YOUNGER GENERATION LEANS LEFT

Young adults like to think of themselves as independent, but a new survey finds that half of American adults ages 18 to 33 are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.

7. COLORADO TAKES A SWIPE AT DRIVING STONED

The state, which legalized marijuana in 2012, is spending $1 million on a "Drive High, Get a DUI" campaign to warn motorists against driving under the influence.

8. WAKE UP AND SMELL ... THE BACON

Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone that makes the sound of bacon sizzling. An external device is needed if you want to smell it.

9. EX-NFL SAFETY SEEKS BAIL AFTER RAPE ACCUSATIONS

Darren Sharper will be in a Los Angeles courtroom, his lawyers arguing he should be released from jail because he has not been formally charged with the Louisiana rapes.

10. JUST HOW GOOD-LOOKING WAS JESUS

That's the question being asked around Hollywood after an actor likened to a young Marlon Brando was cast to play Jesus in the popular new film Son of God.

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