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Today is Friday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2014. There are 327 days left in the year.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS - There's a whole lot of good news/bad news in the new job numbers out this morning. Yes, the unemployment rate has dropped. A lot more people looked for work in January, a sign that they were feeling good about finding work. Many found jobs, an as a result the unemployment rate to 6.6 percent. It's the lowest rate since October 2008. But the flip side? Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the 2nd straight month, renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be stalling after a strong 2013. The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013.

FDA BABY FORMULA RULES - What are you feeding your baby? After 20 years of of study, the FDA is issuing new rules aimed at making make sure that baby formula is safe and nutritious. While most of the companies that make formula makers already adhere to the practices, the rules will now be law. The goal is to ensure formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before they are sold. The rules also require formula companies to prove to the FDA that they are including specific nutrients - proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals - in their products.

OBAMA PUSHING BIOTECH - 12:45 pm If you haven't seen the President around DC lately there's a good reason, he's on the road trying to kick start his second term. Today that effort takes the President to Michigan. In Lansing the President will tour the Michigan Biotechnology Institute. The White House says the trip is for Obama to see firsthand what institutions are doing to create jobs and drive innovation that benefits farmers, ranchers, our rural communities, and our nation as a whole. There will be some Presidential business as well, after his speech, the President will sign the 2014 Farm Bill into law.

SOOCHI OLYMPICS SECURITY - This morning the President of the International Olympic Committee this morning is doubling down on his assertion that the Russian hosted games will go smoothly. IOC resident Thomas Bach knocked down the concerns over security and gay rights. Russia has mounted a mega security operation to secure the games, stationing tens of thousands of police and military personnel, as well as navy ships, drone planes and anti-missile batteries. The games start in the face of threats of attacks by Islamic insurgents from the North Caucasus. A pair of suicide bombings in Volgograd in December took the lives of 34 people. Asked about Sochi being the first Olympics facing a direct threat, Bach laughed out loud.

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather: Big weekend storm unlikely. Still a chance for weekend snow. How much depends on storm track. @garyfox5dc http://t.co/237nvkGUGw

Today's History:

In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states' sovereign immunity, was ratified.

In 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they cracked wise during a chaotic press conference while thousands of their fans were jammed inside the terminal.

In 2013, CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Today's Quote:

“We are wiser than we know.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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