US economy ends 2015 on better note, starts 2016 with a bang

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Sheriff: Cop who killed Kansas gunman a 'tremendous hero'

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — A man who wounded three people before storming into the central Kansas factory where he worked and shooting 15 others, killing three of them, had just been served a protection from abuse order that likely triggered the attack, a sheriff said Friday.

  • Written by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press MARIA FISHER, Associated Press

UN science report warns of fewer bees, other pollinators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers, a new United Nations scientific mega-report warns.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

APNewsBreak: DoD launches aggressive cyberwar against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyberattacks against Islamic State militants, targeting the group's abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Debate brawl: Rubio and Cruz go hard after Trump

 

HOUSTON (AP) — Brawling from the get-go, a fiery Marco Rubio went hard after Donald Trump in Thursday night's Republican debate, lacerating the front-runner's position on immigration, his privileged background, his speaking style and more.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press