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This year, seemingly minor economic news has moved markets, which in turn has affected the economy.(Photo: Andrew Burton, Getty Images)


Time for the monthly jobs report
It's a big morning for Wall Street with all eyes on Friday's monthly jobs report, which could go a long way toward calming still-jittery markets and affirming that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing. Last month, employers added a disappointing 151,000 jobs. The report is not expected to persuade a wary Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in March.
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Michael Hanson, senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, expects job creation to the tune of a 175,000 jobs. Newslook


Head to Sports Authority for big sales
Liquidation sales at about 140<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sports Authority stores<span style="color: Red;">*</span>will begin<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Friday<span style="color: Red;">*</span>after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The retailer said it would seek to sell or close nearly one-third<span style="color: Red;">*</span>of its locations. The company admitted that it had lost market share to online retailers, became swamped with $1.1 billion in debt<span style="color: Red;">*</span>and failed to keep up with consumer trends. Although bankruptcy protection often offers companies a second chance at life, Sports Authority's survival is not guaranteed.
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Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO, talks about the problems that retail companies face as Sports Authority files for Chapter 11. Bloomberg

Appeals court to hear arguments in Freddie Gray case
Baltimore Police officer William Porter will appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals Friday in an effort to avoid being called to testify against fellow officer<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Caesar Goodson Jr.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>in the case of Freddie Gray. Porter, Goodson, and four other officers were criminally charged in May with the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black male who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>resulting in riots and protests throughout Baltimore.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Porter’s attorneys say forcing him to testify would be a violation of his Fifth Amendment right. All six officers have pleaded not guilty.
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These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department show police officers, top row from left, Caesar Goodson Jr., Garrett Miller and Edward Nero, and bottom row from left, William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: AP)

SpaceX tries to launch the Falcon 9 rocket (again)
After four scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is expected to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday. The SES-9 satellite, which will provide video, commercial, government and mobile communications for 20 countries, failed to launch Tuesday, due to high upper-level winds, according to<span style="color: Red;">*</span>SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Friday presents the next best opportunity for flight.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The Air Force's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>45th Weather Squadron described conditions as<span style="color: Red;">*</span>80%<span style="color: Red;">*</span>favorable for a launch attempt.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off over Cocoa Beach, Fla., at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 21, 2015. The rocket, carried several communications satellites.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: Craig Rubadoux, AP)

Report to be released on allegations of corruption at<span style="color: Red;">*</span>2006 World Cup
A highly anticipated independent report to be released Friday could throw light onto corruption allegations against Germany's 2006 World Cup organizers and the fate of a dubious payment to FIFA. The German soccer federation has been in turmoil since October, when the Der Spiegel weekly published allegations that the tournament organizers used a slush fund to buy Asian votes ahead of the successful bid to land the 2006 World Cup, which was celebrated in Germany as the "summer fairytale." The report from an independent law firm could prove to be a nightmare for some of the country's best-known soccer personalities.
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Italian players celebrate their 2006 World Cup win.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: Michael Steele, Getty Images)

And<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the essentials:
Weather:<span style="color: Red;">*</span>As a winter storm slides off the Northeast coast, another one will bring rain and snow to the Northwest on Friday.
Stocks:<span style="color: Red;">*</span>U.S. stock futures were lower<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Friday, ahead of the release of the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>U.S. jobs report.
TV Tonight:<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Wondering<span style="color: Red;">*</span>what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at<span style="color: Red;">*</span>House of Cards and<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Once.
If you missed Thursday's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>news,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>we've got you covered.
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