State Department declares 22 Clinton emails 'top secret'


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came three days before the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate competes in the Iowa caucuses.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

US economy is expected to strengthen after weak 4th quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy struggled to grow in the October-December quarter as consumer spending, business investment and exports slowed. Yet despite global weakness and shrunken oil and stock prices, many economists expect growth to accelerate on the strength of healthy job gains.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

1 escaped inmate caught, 2 sought in Northern California

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The first major break in the hunt for three dangerous jail inmates came exactly a week after their escape, when one of them walked up to a Southern California auto shop where a friend works, had her call police and stood and smoked a cigarette until he was arrested.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

Virginia Senate allows reporters back on floor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Reporters in Virginia will once again be able to get an up-close look at how the state Senate is operating, while plans proceed in Missouri to move reporters away from the action.

  • Written by ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Treasure hunter disappears searching for $2 million in gold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans.

  • Written by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press