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1. Russian authorities arrested two men Saturday in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Russian state media reported.
President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the arrests, they said, citing the Federal Security Service.
The suspects are from the southern region of the North Caucasus, the service said.
2. The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has identified two officers who resigned Thursday over racist emails discovered during the Justice Department investigation of the police force.
The DOJ’s 102-page report details widespread and systemic discrimination against blacks at the hands of police and city officials.
City spokesman Jeff Small said earlier Friday that Ferguson’s top court clerk was released this week.
3. Actor Harrison Ford has been injured in a crash-landing of a small plane on a golf course in California, according to Variety and NBC News.
The 72-year-old actor and experienced pilot was at the controls when his two-seat 1940s-era military trainer went down on Penmar Golf Course near Santa Monica Airport, authorities said.
4. The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, better than expected and another sign the labor market has turned around.
The unemployment rate fell to 5.5% from 5.7% — the lowest since May 2008.
Over the past year, the American economy has been averaging more than 250,000 job gains every month.
5. Americans are split on whether President Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.
A day before the president appeals to the American people in a prime time address to support military action against Syria, the CNN survey shows that 51% of the public says that Obama is honest and trustworthy, with 49% disagreeing.
After a decade of war in the Middle East, the poll now shows that nearly two-thirds of the public say the U.S. should be very reluctant to use military force around the world.
Obama’s speech and his administration’s aggressive lobbying effort to get support is the focus of Crossfire, which debuts at 6:30 p.m. ET on CNN. Crossfire guests will be Sen. Bob Menendez, a strong supporter of Obama’s efforts, and Sen. Rand Paul, who has been firmly against military action in Syria.
6. he Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, alleging the Democrat used his Senate office to push the business interests of a donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges. An announcement could come within weeks.
Menendez has denied any wrongdoing and called the probe part of a « smear campaign » against him.
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