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Slacker growth in GDP caps '14

updated: 01/30/2015 11:24 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government spending and a widening trade gap took some of the shine off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years.

Obama rolls out quest for gene-targeted medicine

updated: 01/30/2015 11:44 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Declaring that "the possibilities are boundless," President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on a million Americans so that scientists can develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual patients.

Zimmerman assault case dies

updated: 01/30/2015 11:45 p.m. Discuss

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An aggravated-assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday.

Mother not victim in Newtown report

posted: 01/31/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

The gunman, Adam Lanza, began his rampage Dec. 14, 2012, by killing Nancy Lanza inside their Newtown home before gunning down 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and then killing himself.

Hip-hop's Knight charged in killing

updated: 01/31/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Marion "Suge" Knight, the former chief executive of Death Row Records, was arrested in West Hollywood on Friday on suspicion of murder after authorities said the vehicle he was driving struck two men in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

Romney elects not to run in '16

updated: 01/31/2015 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Mitt Romney told supporters Friday that he would not run for president in 2016, ending three weeks of public speculation and sparing the Republican Party a potentially bruising nominating battle between its past nominee and its rising stars.

Court rules Oswald's coffin is brother's

updated: 01/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The original coffin in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried belongs to Oswald's brother, not the funeral home that auctioned it off for more than $87,000, a judge ruled Friday.

Officer who killed girl, 7, off charges

posted: 01/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

DETROIT — At the prosecutor’s request, a judge Friday dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid and said she’s willing to be the “scapegoat” if critics don’t like the result.

Build for rising seas, Obama tells agencies

updated: 01/31/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that flooding will be more frequent and intense because of climate change.

Balloon team soars into rarefied realm

updated: 01/30/2015 10:03 p.m. Discuss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.

Ohio seeks lethal drugs, puts off '15 executions

updated: 01/31/2015 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Ohio on Friday rescheduled executions for seven death-row inmates as it tries to find new lethal drugs, meaning no inmate will be put to death in the state in 2015.

The nation in brief

updated: 01/31/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Murder trial tied to '79 vanishing starts NEW YORK -- Thirty-five years after the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy in Manhattan, a trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping.

Names and faces

updated: 01/31/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Broadway star Idina Menzel says Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem is her favorite version, but she's looking to make the song her own this Sunday.

In the news

updated: 01/31/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Michelle Obama, the first lady, praised the movie American Sniper at a veterans-focused event in Washington, calling the biopic of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle "complex," "emotional" and a realistic "depiction of a veteran and his family."

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.

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