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US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in Q4 despite strongest consumer spending since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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35 years after boy Etan Patz vanished, murder trial to open

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

BEIJING (AP) — About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Sin vs safety: judge weighs arguments on Gitmo female guards

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Religious-based restrictions on the use of female guards at Guantanamo violate the military's gender-neutral policy and weaken prison security, a government prosecutor argued Thursday in a dispute over assertions by detainees that their Muslim faith makes it a sin for them to be touched by woman soldiers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015

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