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Top Stories: Job Growth Weaker Than Expected; Syria 'Steps Up Offensive'

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent.

-- Coast Guard Sinks Japanese 'Ghost Ship' Set Adrift By Tsunami.

-- Board Recommends Marine Be Discharged For Comments About Obama.

Some of the other stories in the news today:

-- "Syria Steps Up Offensives Ahead Of Cease-Fire." ( The Associated Press)

-- Malawi's President Has Died After Suffering A Heart Attack, Doctors And Cabinet Ministers Say. ( BBC News)

-- Day Two Of Masters Golf Tournament Beings With Lee Westwood Leading. (

-- University Of Arkansas Football Coach Put On Leave After "Inappropriate Relationship" Is Revealed. ( Arkansas Online)

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