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Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

updated: 01/30/2015 10:06 a.m. Comments 8

WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

posted: 01/30/2015 9 a.m. Discuss

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder early Friday, hours after the rap music figure turned himself in to authorities in a hit-and-run wreck that killed a man and injured another near Los Angeles.

Worker who saw victim's body testifies at Hernandez trial

posted: 01/30/2015 8:51 a.m. Discuss

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Testimony has resumed in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez a day after prosecutors laid out their case in opening statements.

Senators vote 62-36 to pass Keystone bill

updated: 01/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Comments 9

The new Republican-majority Senate on Thursday passed a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Barack Obama has said he will veto.

Obama's goal: End 'mindless austerity'

updated: 01/30/2015 2:50 a.m. Comments 2

Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

7 ill, Arizona races to head off measles

updated: 01/29/2015 11:52 p.m. Discuss

DENVER -- Arizona health officials were tracking more than 1,000 people Thursday, including at least 195 children, who they said might have been exposed to measles as part of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California.

Idaho panel stops gay-rights bill

updated: 01/30/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Idaho lawmakers voted Thursday to halt a bill that would create protections for gay people, siding with the concerns of religious-freedom supporters.

Military-benefits findings raise caution

updated: 01/30/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.

Family of man slain in NYC stairwell to sue

posted: 01/30/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway said Thursday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking damages.

Appeals rejected, Texas inmate dies by lethal injection

updated: 01/30/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening.

The nation in brief

updated: 01/30/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Bill on new Iran sanctions advances WASHINGTON -- The Senate Banking Committee approved legislation to impose additional sanctions on Iran if there isn't a deal curtailing its nuclear program by the end of June.

Names and faces

updated: 01/30/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

The Ghostbusters reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of Saturday Night Live performers. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by posting their pictures Tuesday on Twitter.

In the news

updated: 01/30/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, ordered anti-war protesters removed from a committee hearing, calling them "lowlife scum" as they chanted for the arrest of witness Henry Kissinger.

Detroit takes up foreclosure cases

posted: 01/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city’s already huge glut of vacant dwellings.

Treasure hunter kept low profile

posted: 01/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a tworoom hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.

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