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By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added fewer jobs than expected last month, with the gains declining as well from January's revised level as growth slowed in some sectors, a payrolls processor report showed on Wednesday. The ADP National Employment Report, jointly developed with Moody's Analytics, showed a gain of 212,000 private-sector jobs. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP to show a gain of 220,000 jobs. For instance, service-providing employment rose by 181,000 jobs in February, compared with growth of 206,000 in the sector in January.
New coach Rex Ryan has the Buffalo Bills in a deal-making mode, the NFL club announcing Wednesday it has an agreement in place to obtain Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. The Bills will ship two undisclosed NFL Draft choices to the Vikings in the deal, which cannot be made official under league rules until next Tuesday. Grabbing Cassel comes a day after ESPN reported the Bills have agreed to the trade with Philadelphia for former NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy, the league's most productive running back over the past five NFL seasons combined.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran.