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Top eight stories for today including labor market growth shattered expectations with 678,000 new jobs; New York City will no longer require masks in public schools or proof of vaccination in almost all public places; Russia took control of Europe's largest nuclear power plant on the ninth day of its invasion of Ukraine, and more.

National

US employers add 678,000 jobs as pandemic fears fade

American employers added a whopping 678,000 new jobs last month while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8%, a pandemic-era low.

Employer booths are seen at the Lee County Area Job Fair in Tupelo, Miss., in October 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

‘Made in America’ boast will get a bit more challenging to make

President Joe Biden unveiled new rules Friday that will more closely scrutinize where the creation of components in a product labeled "Made in America" occurred, a move the White House says will bolster domestic manufacturing as more companies announce plans for U.S. factory jobs

President Joe Biden announces changes to the standards for "Made in America" products and a new Siemens USA investment in the manufacturing sector March 4, 2022. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

FBI wins narrow high court ruling on failed mosque sting operation

The FBI can invoke privilege for state secrets to duck a lawsuit over a failed operation spying on Muslims after 9/11, the Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision Friday.

(Image by Hashim Abdullah from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

Regional

No more masks in NYC schools, indoor venue can drop vaccine requirement

New York City will no longer require masks in public schools or proof of vaccination in almost all public places, Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announces the scaling back of Covid-19 mask and vaccine mandates within the city on Friday, March 4, 2022. (New York City Mayor's Office via AP)

White House advances large solar project on tribal land outside Las Vegas

The Biden administration announced it would advance the proposal for a commercial-scale solar project to be installed on tribal land in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

A solar farm. (Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

Georgia conservationists get new shot to sue developer over wetland damage

Environmentalists are hopeful for stricter enforcement of the Clean Water Act after the 11th Circuit reinstated a lawsuit against a real estate developer they say landscaped over a wetland without proper permits.

(Image by Dagmar Weingartz from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

International

Russia attacks nuclear power plant, advances amid heavy fighting

Russian troops were accused of attacking and then seizing Europe's largest nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine early Friday morning as Moscow's brutal invasion slowly advanced amid heavy fighting and mounting chaos. 

A bright flaring object lands on the grounds of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine, on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant via AP)

Taking aim at oligarchs, UK moves to shut down ‘London laundromat’

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted widespread acknowledgment in the United Kingdom of the country’s complicity in Russian money laundering for decades, with significant illicit economic activity located primarily in London.

Nelson's Column in London’s Trafalgar Square is lit up with the colors of the Ukraine flag on Feb. 25, 2022. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

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