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Here's the latest for March 4: Powell optimistic on economic recovery; UN atomic agency says Iran to talk discovery of new uranium particles; Pope address Iraqis; SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after landing. (March 4)

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LUKE SHERIDAN: This is AP News Minute. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expressed optimism about an economic rebound once the pandemic is over. Powell expects more job growth as the population is vaccinated but doesn't believe unemployment will reach pandemic levels by the end of 2021. The head of the UN Atomic Watchdog Agency says Iran has agreed to sit down with experts investigating the discovery of uranium particles at three undeclared sites in the country. The move comes after months of frustration at Tehran's lack of a credible explanation.

A day ahead of his first trip to Iraq, Pope Francis has released a video message announcing to the people that he was coming as a "penitent pilgrim" who implored God for forgiveness and reconciliation after years of war and terrorism. And the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded after a successful landing in Boca Chico, Texas. The rocket had successfully deployed 60 satellites before returning to Earth. Luke Sheridan, the Associated Press, with "AP News Minute."