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U.S. Labor Market On Solid Ground As Jobless Rate Hits Eight-Year Low

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but rising wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs and the unemployment rate slipped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent, the lowest since February 2008, the Labor Department said on Friday. The payrolls gain was a sharp step-down from the average 231,000 jobs per month during the fourth quarter.

“The fact that payroll gains fell back to earth is not necessarily a bad sign.…

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Super Bowl Halftime Show A Big Stage, Even For Music’s Biggest Stars

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Coldplay gears up to take the Super Bowl halftime stage on Sunday, there’s a lot at stake – even for a band Rolling Stone deemed “one of the most commercially successful acts of the new millennium.”

Upwards of 100 million U.S. viewers are expected to tune in for the intensely choreographed live 15-minute set, more than 50 times the audience of the band’s last major tour in 2012, according to figures from concert tracker Pollstar.

“In an incredibly divided and fragmented media environment, the Super Bowl halftime show is absolutely one of the biggest, if not the single biggest way to expose music to an enormous audience,” said Brian Hiatt, senior writer at Rolling Stone.…

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This Week In Polls: Don’t Take New Hampshire For Granite

It’s the weekend before the New Hampshire primary. And all eyes are on the polls for both sides.

For the Democrats, Bernie Sanders appears very likely to win this race, taking place next door to his own home state of Vermont. The big question is by how much — both because it could deliver him more delegates under the party’s system of proportional representation, and to see what kind of momentum he (or Clinton) can try to claim going into the next states of Nevada and South Carolina. Both of those next states are commonly viewed as being more natural territory for Hillary than for Bernie.…

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