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I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business.
– Jason R. Baron
National Archives and Records Administration
Hillary Clinton did not have a government email address and used her personal account to conduct business as secretary of state, State Dept. officials told the NY Times March 2. Federal officials' emails are considered government records that legally, with some exemptions for sensitive materials, need to be preserved.
Despite low gas prices, consumer spending fell 0.2% in January, the Commerce Dept. reported on March 2. Purchases of both durable goods and nondurable goods increased 0.2%.
A March 2 report by a coalition of British churches found that nearly 100,000 children in the UK were affected in 2014 by their parents losing government welfare and unemployment benefits. The report criticized the government for forcing families to go hungry over relatively minor failures such as arriving late for an employment placement meeting.
More than 6,000 lives have now been lost in less than a year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
– Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Al-Hussein released a statement March 2, saying people were killed in eastern Ukraine "in spite of successive ceasefires." Another at least 13,961 were wounded by the middle of February.
Jason Rezaian has been allowed to hire a lawyer, his family said March 1. He will be represented by Leila Ahsan, the same lawyer who represents his wife. Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron called on Iranian authorities to give Rezaian's defense team full access to Rezaian and his case file.
We clearly cannot keep searching forever, but we want to do everything that's reasonably possible to locate the aircraft... We have to make other decisions, then, about how long the search should continue.
– Warren Truss
Australian deputy prime minister
Australian officials told Reuters March 1 that the search may be called off if the plane is not found by the end of the current search mission. It would need significant international financial aid to continue.
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Mar 1st, 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the start of an offensive against IS militants north of Baghdad. The mission targets several towns along the Tigris River and Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. It includes thousands of troops and militia fighters.
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