Morning roundup

Top Stories: Jobless Rate Dips; Iran Issues Warning

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Unemployment Rate Edges Down To 8.3 Percent.

Iran Defiant Amid Talk Of Israeli Attack On Its Nuclear Sites.

Egypt Roiling: Deaths At Protests; Two Americans Reportedly Kidnapped.

Freddie Mac's Regulator 'Completely Puzzled' By Allegations Of Conflict.

Other news of note this morning:

— More Than 100 People Still Missing After Papua New Guinea Ferry Sinks. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

— "Senate Passes Ban On Insider Trading" By Lawmakers. (The Associated Press)

— "S.E.C. Spares Large Banks From Tough Sanctions." (The New York Times)

— Mitt Romney May Benefit From "Mormon Firewall" In Upcoming States. (Politico)

— "Snow Storm, Blizzard Pounding Denver And NE Colorado." (The Denver Post)

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