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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Photographs of Oscar Pistorius' cocked 9 mm pistol lying on a mat on the blood-stained bathroom floor and the blood splatter on walls and furniture in his house were shown at the double-amputee Olympian's murder trial Thursday, building a detailed picture of the scene where he killed Reeva Steenkamp.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rebounded in February and new applications for unemployment benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting some strength in the economy after harsh weather abruptly slowed activity in recent months. The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales increased 0.3 percent last month as receipts rose in most categories. Economists had expected a 0.2 percent increase in retail sales in February after snow and ice blanketed densely populated regions during the first half of the month. In a separate report, the Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000.
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while aggressively courting New Hampshire's political elite, marking what local Republicans consider his first serious steps toward launching a Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.