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Dolores C. Sweet, 95, of Albion formerly of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. Pastor Jeremiah Knoop will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Chalk Hills Community Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dolores was born August 1, 1919, to Alfred and Nell (Jeffres) Beck at home in Greeley County, east of Horace, Nebraska. She was raised in the Horace area where she received her education and graduated from Horace School in 1937.
On April 24, 1937, Dolores was united in marriage to Adrian B. Sweet at Bartlett, Nebraska. To this union a daughter, Sharon was born.
Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Ames, Iowa. While in Ames, Dolores worked for two years on a dairy farm. In 1939, they returned to the Horace area where they made their home and farmed. Dolores worked on the farm and cooked for the hired hands. In 1989, they moved into Scotia. Mr. Sweet passed away on February 26, 1992. Dolores resided in Scotia until she moved to Albion in September of 2010, where she resided at the Good Samaritan Society and recently the Wolf Good Samaritan Home.
Dolores was a lifetime member of the Horace Church. Upon the closing of the church she became a member of the Chalks Hills Community Church of Scotia. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Group and TOPS. Dolores will be remembered for her excellent cooking, her large garden and entertaining.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Darrell Cook of rural Scotia; three grandchildren and their spouses, Steve and Cheryl Timmons of Wood River, Kent and Lesa Timmons of Wellfleet, and Sharolyn and Alan Rasmussen of Albion; 9 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marvis Beck of Fremont.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adrian; her daughter, Sharon Cook; an infant sister; and a sister, Jesse Sautter.

William Theodore "Bill" Sitz, 87




William Theodore “Bill” Sitz, 87 of Burwell, Nebraska died September 17, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in the Rose Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Stan Gurney and Pastor Jeffrey Wohlfert will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Rose Church.
Bill was born July 6, 1927 in Kearney, Nebraska to William August and Frieda (Gerdes) Sitz.
As a young boy Bill spent many a night sleeping in the barn with the cattle while he and his family were on the road showing cattle. Bill enjoyed showing at the County Fairs, AK-SAR-BEN and the State Fair. He remembers driving the family’s registered Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs to the railroad dock at Buda where they loaded them on a rented cattle car on the route to various fairs.
In March of 1937 Bill moved with his family to Buda, Nebraska and began a new life in the ranching community called the Green Valley south of Atkinson. During this time in 1945 Bill became a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.
Bill married Dee Stout on August 20, 1947 in Atkinson, Nebraska. Living in Holt County they named their ranch the 36 Angus Ranch. Shortly after they moved with their cowherd to the ranch in southeastern Rock County where they raised Angus cattle and their children, Bill Jr., Judy, Sheryl and Mike.
Bill trapped as a young man and used the money from his furs to purchase his first underslung. He enjoyed farm sales, working, building things out of iron, tractors, the weather, RFD TV, horses and he learned how to use the internet to keep track of the Big Iron web sites auctions. Along with his lifetime membership to the American Angus Association he was also member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association.
Bill is survived by four children, Bill Sitz of Burwell, Nebraska, Judy Newlin of Burwell, Nebraska, Sheryl and Lloyd Bellinger of Niwot, Colorado and Mike and Debra Sitz of Burwell, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren and spouses, Stephanie Sitz, Jesse and Tori Sitz, Cody and Melissa Sitz, Stacie and Jason Roblyer, Bethany and Joel Johnston, Eric Newlin, Zac and Dr. Mariah Bellinger, Johanna and Brett Sprencer, Alexis and Travis Fletcher and Ransom and Rachael Sitz and seven great-grandchildren, John Sitz, Lena Spencer, Macy Sitz, Jordee Johnston, Brady Spencer, Mya Sitz and Archibald Fletcher. One sister, Delores and Jim Wallace of Eckert, Colorado and a sister-in-law, Donna Sitz-Arthrum of Billings, Montana.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dee, two brothers, Francis and Bob, an infant sister, Ruth and a son-in-law, Dave Newlin.

Becky L. Smith, 59






Becky L. Smith, 59, of Taylor, died Tuesday September 16, 2014 at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent with the Pastor Marty Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Dolores C. Sweet, 95






Dolores C. Sweet, 95, of Albion formerly of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. Pastor Jeremiah Knoop will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Chalk Hills Community Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dolores was born August 1, 1919, to Alfred and Nell (Jeffres) Beck at home in Greeley County, east of Horace, Nebraska. She was raised in the Horace area where she received her education and graduated from Horace School in 1937.
On April 24, 1937, Dolores was united in marriage to Adrian B. Sweet at Bartlett, Nebraska. To this union a daughter, Sharon was born.
Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Ames, Iowa. While in Ames, Dolores worked for two years on a dairy farm. In 1939, they returned to the Horace area where they made their home and farmed. Dolores worked on the farm and cooked for the hired hands. In 1989, they moved into Scotia. Mr. Sweet passed away on February 26, 1992. Dolores resided in Scotia until she moved to Albion in September of 2010, where she resided at the Good Samaritan Society and recently the Wolf Good Samaritan Home.
Dolores was a lifetime member of the Horace Church. Upon the closing of the church she became a member of the Chalks Hills Community Church of Scotia. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Group and TOPS. Dolores will be remembered for her excellent cooking, her large garden and entertaining.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Darrell Cook of rural Scotia; three grandchildren and their spouses, Steve and Cheryl Timmons of Wood River, Kent and Lesa Timmons of Wellfleet, and Sharolyn and Alan Rasmussen of Albion; 9 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marvis Beck of Fremont.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adrian; her daughter, Sharon Cook; an infant sister; and a sister, Jesse Sautter.
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Ord Public Schools Receive $10,000 Grant






Ord Public Schools have been selected as an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education $10,000 grant winner.  The grant money will be used to enhance the math and science programs at Ord Public Schools.  OPS would like to recognize Wendy Alexander, Sandy Bartholomew and Jason Alexander for preparing the winning application.  And they would also like to say thank you to all the farmers who nominated OPS.  A big check presentation ceremony will be held at the Ord vs. West Holt volleyball game on September 18th at 6:30pm.

Yellow Pages Scam Affecting The Nation






Businesses across the country are receiving what appear to be invoices for ad space in the Yellow Pages directories. Some of these "invoices" are actually solicitations for listings in alternative business directories that differ from the well-known Yellow Pages. These alternative directories often are not published at all. Businesses are being deceived into paying for what they incorrectly believe to be their usual Yellow Pages ad.

The familiar "walking fingers" logo and the name "Yellow Pages" are not protected by any federal trademark registration or copyright. Therefore, you may be led to believe that anyone who uses the logo and the name is affiliated with the publisher that distributes the telephone books and Yellow Pages directories to all households and businesses in a particular geographic area. There is no connection between publishers of alternative directories and those of the well-known Yellow Pages.

Alternative directories differ significantly from the traditional Yellow Pages directories primarily because of distribution. Alternative business directories generally are not available or distributed to the public. Therefore, they provide little, if any, benefit to businesses who pay to advertise in them.

The solicitation from an alternative business directory may have the appearance of an invoice. It may bear the "walking fingers" logo and feature the name "Yellow Pages." It also may falsely suggest that the publisher is affiliated with your local telephone company or with another bona fide Yellow Pages publisher you recognize. The solicitation may lead you to believe that your business already has been listed in the telephone directory and you are now being billed when, in fact, you are only being solicited for placing an ad.

Typical language used on the ad solicitations, such as "present listing information;" "prompt payment is necessary to guarantee ad placement in the directory;" "renewal payment stub;" and "directory listing renewal invoice" also may appear on Yellow Pages invoices. This adds to the confusion.

Please examine the piece of mail you have received and determine whether it is a solicitation or an invoice. If it is a solicitation, you should see a disclaimer required by the U.S. Postal Service. It states, THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER. But whether you see this solicitation disclaimer or not, be wary.

If you believe you have been the victim of this misrepresentation scheme, contact your Postmaster or local Postal Inspector. Look in your telephone directory under "U.S. Government, Postal Service U.S." for local listings. If there is no listing, write: Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. 20260-2100, or call (202) 268-4267.

You also may direct questions about Yellow Pages directory publishers to the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA), a private trade association representing Yellow Pages publishers throughout the United States. Write:
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Volleyball Scores From 9/16/14




VOLLEYBALL
     Aurora def. Minden, 25-23, 25-21, 25-13
     Bellevue East def. Omaha Bryan, 25-9, 25-8, 25-6
     Bishop Neumann def. Lincoln Christian, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22
     Burns, Wyo. def. Potter-Dix, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 15-9
     Cambridge def. Elwood, 25-20, 25-22, 25-13
     Chase County def. Holyoke, Colo., 25-13, 25-14, 25-16
     Columbus Lakeview def. Fairbury, 25-11, 25-19, 25-8
     Columbus Scotus def. Aquinas, 25-8, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19
     Creighton def. Clearwater/Orchard, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20
     Crete def. Schuyler, 25-23, 25-11, 25-17
     Crofton def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-14, 25-23
     David City def. Madison, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
     Elkhorn South def. Elkhorn, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-14, 25-17, 25-14
     Ewing def. Boyd County, 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18
     Fullerton def. Humphrey St. Francis, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23, 25-21
     Gering def. Scottsbluff, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 25-16
     Gothenburg def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 25-21, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 15-8
     Grand Island Northwest def. Kearney, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15
     Gretna def. Blair, 25-19, 25-10, 25-21
     Guardian Angels def. Wayne, 25-20, 25-13, 29-27
     Hampton def. Shelby/Rising City, 20-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-15, 15-12
     Hartington-Newcastle def. Wynot, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23
     Heartland def. Fillmore Central, 10-25, 25-20, 21-25, 30-28, 15-9
     Hitchcock County def. Maywood, 28-30, 25-16, 25-12, 25-13
     Holdrege def. York, 25-15, 25-10, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11
     Leyton def. Paxton, 16-25, 28-26, 9-25, 25-18, 15-13
     Lincoln East def. Grand Island, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 27-29, 21-19
     Lincoln Lutheran def. Auburn, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17
     Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln High, 25-15, 25-15, 25-8
     Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-23, 25-11, 25-14
     Malcolm def. Wilber-Clatonia, 26-28, 25-14, 25-20, 25-10
     Maxwell def. Elm Creek, 25-12, 25-12, 25-17
     Mead def. College View Academy, 25-18, 25-6, 25-18
     Millard South def. Omaha Westside, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23
     Mitchell def. Bayard, 25-17, 26-24, 25-13
     Norfolk Catholic def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-12, 25-13, 25-19
     Norris def. Waverly, 22-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-19
     North Bend Central def. Wisner-Pilger, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23
     Ogallala def. North Platte, 28-26, 28-25, 26-25, 25-22, 13-15
     Omaha Concordia def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-15, 25-13, 25-14
     Omaha Marian def. Millard North, 25-12, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20
     Omaha Mercy def. Omaha Central, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Lincoln Pius X, 20-25, 25-12, 25-9, 25-13
     Papillion-LaVista def. Millard West, 20-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-21
     Pierce def. Battle Creek, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15
     Plainview def. Wausa, 25-16, 25-10, 25-21
     Ralston def. Seward, 25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 16-14
     Randolph def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-18, 25-9, 25-9
     Red Cloud def. Silver Lake, 25-22, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23
     Sandy Creek def. Thayer Central, 25-5, 25-18, 25-10
     Savannah, Mo. def. Falls City, 25-13, 17-25, 25-15, 25-16
     Scribner-Snyder def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-19, 26-24, 25-16
     Sioux County def. Minatare, 25-20, 12-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-6
     St. Edward def. Elkhorn Valley, 19-25, 26-24, 25-22, 27-25
     St. Paul def. Centura, 25-18, 12-25, 25-20, 25-16
     Stuart def. CWC, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18
     Sutton def. Superior, 25-23, 28-30, 27-25, 25-20
     Wahoo def. Arlington, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 27-25
     Wallace def. Hayes Center, 25-12, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22
     Wauneta-Palisade def. Southwest, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-5
     Weeping Water def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 21-25, 25-10, 25-23, 25-18
     West Holt def. Ainsworth, 25-15, 12-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-8
     West Point-Beemer def. Tekamah-Herman, 23-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 15-6
     Wood River def. Ravenna, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17
 Allen Triangular
     Allen def. Winnebago, 25-15, 25-9
     Ponca def. Winnebago, 25-18, 25-15
     Ponca def. Allen, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16
 Amherst Triangular
     Amherst def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-16, 25-21
     Amherst def. Eustis-Farnam, 27-25, 25-19
     Eustis-Farnam def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-13, 25-19
 Arapahoe Triangular
     Arapahoe def. Alma, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22
     Cozad def. Arapahoe, 25-23, 25-22
     Cozad def. Alma, 18-25, 25-18, 25-17
 Arcadia-Loup City Triangular
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-14, 25-16
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Central Valley, 25-17, 25-17
     Central Valley def. Arcadia-Loup City, 15-25, 25-14, 25-9
 Arthur County Triangular
     Arthur County def. Garden County, 25-17, 25-20
     Mullen def. Arthur County, 25-18, 25-8
 Brady Triangular
     Brady def. Medicine Valley, 25-11, 25-11
     Brady def. South Loup, 25-20, 25-15
     South Loup def. Medicine Valley, 25-10, 25-9
 Central City Triangular
     Central City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-18, 25-23
     Central City def. Gibbon, 25-20, 25-17
     Doniphan-Trumbull def. Gibbon, 25-15, 25-20
 East Butler Triangular
     Raymond Central def. East Butler, 25-16, 25-15
     Yutan def. East Butler, 25-21, 25-20
     Yutan def. Raymond Central, 25-13, 28-26
 Elmwood-Murdock Triangular
     Conestoga def. Louisville, 26-24, 25-16
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Louisville, 25-17, 25-15
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Conestoga, 25-17, 25-7
 Fremont Triangular
     Fremont def. Norfolk, 24-26, 25-13, 25-20
     Lincoln Southwest def. Norfolk, 25-22, 26-24
     Lincoln Southwest def. Fremont, 25-22, 26-24
 Heartland Lutheran Triangular
     Cross County def. McCool Junction, 25-12, 25-8
     Heartland Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-11, 25-9
     Heartland Lutheran def. Cross County, 25-20, 25-18
 Hemingford Triangular
     Hemingford def. Kimball, 25-18, 26-24
     Hemingford def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-23, 25-20
     Kimball def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18
 Lawrence-Nelson Triangular
     Kenesaw def. Harvard, 25-17, 25-20
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-10, 25-14
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Harvard, 25-19, 25-11
 McPherson County Triangular
     Hyannis def. McPherson County, 25-10, 25-15
     Sandhills/Thedford def. Hyannis, 25-20, 25-15
     Sandhills/Thedford def. McPherson County, 25-16, 25-15
 MUDECAS Tournament
 Class B
 Semifinal
     Meridian def. Sterling, 25-9, 25-15
     Palmyra def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-23, 25-21
 Consolation Semifinal
     Johnson County Central def. Parkview Christian, 25-10, 25-5
     Lewiston def. Southern, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21
 Class A
 Semifinal
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Exeter/Milligan, 12-25, 25-17, 25-19
     Freeman def. Johnson-Brock, 25-18, 25-14
 Consolation Semifinal
     Diller-Odell def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 21-25, 28-26, 26-24
     Pawnee City def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22
 Oakland-Craig Triangular
     Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 27-29, 25-16, 25-22
     Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Oakland-Craig, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15
     Oakland-Craig def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22
 Palmer Triangular
     High Plains Community def. Riverside, 25-17, 25-7
     Palmer def. High Plains Community, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18
     Palmer def. Riverside, 25-14, 25-20
 Plattsmouth Triangular
     Nebraska City def. Plattsmouth, 19-25, 25-12, 25-15
     Nebraska City def. Syracuse, 25-15, 25-19
     Plattsmouth def. Syracuse, 25-14, 25-17
 Sidney Triangular
     Chadron def. Sidney, 25-17, 25-19
     Chadron def. Bridgeport, 25-20, 25-22
     Sidney def. Bridgeport, 25-19, 25-22
 St. Mary's Triangular
     Niobrara/Verdigre def. Santee, 25-5, 25-11
     St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-10, 25-6
     St. Mary's def. Santee, 25-2, 25-9
 Twin Loup Triangular
     North Central def. Twin Loup, 25-17, 13-25, 25-19
     Pleasanton def. North Central, 25-23, 27-25
     Twin Loup def. Pleasanton, 25-19, 25-13
 Wakefield Triangular
     Bancroft-Rosalie def. Wakefield, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17
     Howells/Dodge def. Bancroft-Rosalie, 25-15, 18-25, 25-16
     Wakefield def. Howells/Dodge, 25-21, 25-16
 Wilcox-Hildreth Triangular
     Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21
     Axtell def. Shelton, 25-6, 25-12
     Wilcox-Hildreth def. Shelton, 25-17, 25-15
 Winside Triangular
     Winside def. Homer, 25-20, 25-16
     Winside def. Osmond, 25-15, 25-11

Ord Library Looking For Books




The Ord Township Library is gearing up for its ANNUAL BOOK SALE. If have any books, audio books, movies or puzzles that you would like to donate please drop off at the library before Tuesday, September 23rd. The book sale begins Junk Jaunt Weekend on Thursday, September 25th and will run until the books are gone!   A special opening time is set for 8:00am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Book Sale Only.   For any questions you may have, please call the library at 728-3012.

OPS Receives Grant




Ord Public Schools Receives $3,000 Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:
  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs


Ord Elementary is expanding a program to improve reading skills in the areas of fluency, comprehension, and decoding. The goal will be to improve reading comprehension of scores through identifying specific reading deficiencies and strategically provide comprehensive services/instruction to struggling readers.


Funds from the Grant will be used to purchase 25 Google Chromebooks that will allow our teachers and students instant access to the AIMSWEB Universal Screener. The AIMSWeb progress monitoring probes are used to benchmark students and provide a comprehensive system for screening, progress monitoring and managing student data. This tool allows our RtI team of educators to utilize data in identifying struggling readers and making clear, concise decisions on interventions that will be successful for these students.

 
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CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
 
Wheat for May delivery rose 8 cents to $6.54 a bushel; May corn was 2 cents lower at 4.89 a bushel; May oats sank 20 cents to $4.4625 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 19.75 cents to $14.5775 a bushel.
 
Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
 
April live cattle gained .10 cent to $1.4325 a pound; May feeder cattle was .95 cent higher at $1.7440 a pound; while April lean hogs rose .60 cent to $1.1300 a pound.
 
 
 
NEW YORK (AP) - As a new week of trading starts, investors will be closely watching the latest developments in Ukraine. The stock market ended mixed on Friday, despite a positive February jobs report. The S&P 500 index closed up a point to 1,878. The Dow rose 31 points to 16,452 and the Nasdaq lost 16 points to 4,336. On the whole, the overall tone of the market was slightly negative. Futures point to subdued trading as the week begins.
 
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Asian stock markets sank today, battered by weak Chinese trade and a reduced estimate for Japan's economic growth. European markets were mostly higher in early trading. Shares in Malaysia Airlines tumbled. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell more than a dollar to hang below $101.50 a barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and fell against the euro.
 
WASHINGTON - There are no government reports due out today. But tomorrow, the Commerce Department will report on January's wholesale trade inventories and the Labor Department will release its job openings and labor turnover survey for January.
 
TOKYO (AP) - Japan racked up a record current account deficit in January, and lowered its growth estimate for the October-December quarter today in the latest sign of hardships for the world's third-largest economy. Japan's current account deficit totaled 1.589 trillion yen ($15 billion), the biggest for January since comparable records began in 1985, according to the Finance Ministry.
 
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