March 9, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The nation's economy added 313,000 jobs to U.S. payrolls in February, significantly higher than the 200,000 jobs analysts had predicted. CNBC reports that the U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent because so many previously unsuccessful candidates had reentered the job market. The construction industry led the way with 61,000 new jobs in February, followed by the retail, professional and business sectors.

  • Bloomberg reports that Toys "R" Us is preparing to liquidate its U.S. operations. "While the situation is still fluid, a shutdown of the U.S. division has become increasingly likely in recent days," wrote Charles Allen of Bloomberg. The giant toy retailer has failed to find a new buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal in the wake of its recent bankruptcy.

  • The Boise State women's basketball team will play for the Mountain West championship title this afternoon when they take on Nevada in Las Vegas. Last night, the men's basketball team saw an early exit to their tournament hopes when it lost to Utah State 78-75.

  • USA Today reports that using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's a new ranking of America's "drunkest states." The worst is North Dakota where, according to CDC data, a stunning 24.7 percent of adults reportedly drink excessively. The "drunkest" metro area is Fargo, North Dakota. North Dakota is followed by Wisconsin, Alaska, Montana and Illinois. Idaho ranked 41st "drunkest." According to CDC data, only 15.4 percent of Idaho adults drink excessively, lower than the national average of 18 percent.
  • New research indicates that bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island indeed appear to be Amelia Earhart's. The Associated Press reports that the remains were found on Nikumaroro Island. Earhart disappeared during an attempted flight around the world in 1937.
  • Prepare to be a bit bleary-eyed on Sunday. This is the weekend where we move clocks forward one hour, losing a full hour of sleep. Benjamin Franklin created the concept of Daylight Saving Time, and it has been used throughout much of the U.S. and Canada since World War One. So-called "standard time" will return Sunday, Nov. 4, when we turn clocks back one hour. ABC News says a growing number of states are considering a move away from the twice-annual time change. The legislatures of Florida and Massachusetts are considering a measure where they would remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round.

  • There's rich, very rich and then there's Bill Gates. In fact, Gates is so rich that he has not idea how much regular grocery items cost. During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the host quizzed Gates on how much items such as Rice-A-Roni, Tide Pods and Totino’s Pizza Rolls might cost. Suffice to say, Gates hasn't seen the inside of a supermarket in a long time. Take a look:

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