Reports from Libya today indicate demonstrators attended worship services in Tripoli mosques and then streamed outside to protest Moammar Gadhafi's regime. The New York Times reports several thousand people gathered in one neighborhood but the crowd dwindled, reflecting fear of the crackdown by Gadhafi militants. NPR's Peter Kenyon tells Morning Edition anti-Gadhafi rebels are bracing in the east for more attacks by Gadhafi loyalists.
FORECASTING ON FEBRUARY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
The Labor Department releases the unemployment rate for February shortly. NPR's Jack Speer tells NPR Newscasts many economists predict the current rate of 9 percent will rise one tenth of one percent, to 9.1 percent. A separate, key report looks at the number of new jobs created during February: Jack reports economists forecast there were 180,000 new positions formed.
NFL, PLAYERS UNION EXTEND BARGAINING BY ONE DAY
NPR's Mike Pesca tells Morning Edition NFL collective bargaining was supposed to expire at midnight last night but the owners and the players union gave themselves 24 more hours to solve their stalemate. At issue: billions of dollars in revenue and the future of the players' union, because players may end it. There's the potential for good and bad for both sides. The current union contract gave players more money so the owners will be glad to see it expire. But if there's no union - each of the 32 teams will have to negotiate dozens of contracts with no salary cap, no draft and, as Mike notes, no certainty.