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Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

Danny Meyer, center, Founder & CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, waits for the Shake Shack IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Shares of Shake Shack Inc. have more than doubled minutes after they debuted on the stock market Friday.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year.



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1979 New York child murder trial gets under way

People walk past a street shrine to Etan Patz on May 29, 2012, set in front of the New York building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to having strangled the six year-old boyA mentally unstable man accused of killing a six-year-old boy in one of America's most famous missing child cases went on trial Friday, 36 years after the crime. Pedro Hernandez, 53, is accused of luring Etan Patz into the basement of a New York grocery store, before killing Patz and dumping his body out with the trash on May 25, 1979. The case awakened millions of Americans to the dangers of child abduction, fueling a generation of hyper-vigilant child rearing by parents terrified of letting their offspring out of sight. Illuzzi-Orbon told the 12-person jury that the blonde-haired Etan was a little man "with a big heart" and an "infectious smile" who was murdered before his mother even knew he was missing.



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US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group.
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Third time no charm: Romney won’t run for president

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaignFormer Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaign. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said during a conference call with supporters. The announcement essentially ends Romney's three-week public flirtation with a another run, after he came up short as the Republican nominee in 2012 and lost the nomination to Senator John McCain in 2008. On January 9, he told donors he remained interested in the White House.



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New York wage board suggests $7.50 wage for tipped workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday
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Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

This Jan. 8, 2015 photo provided by Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team, shows pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before they lift off in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan. The Two Eagles pilots have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history in a bid to remove the qualifiers that have complicated a century of record keeping in long-distance ballooning. Now they're aiming for a safe landing on the beaches of Baja California. (AP Photo/Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.



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Josh Gad rooting for ‘Frozen’ co-star Menzel at Super Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) — Comedian Josh Gad will be in the stands at Sunday’s Super Bowl, cheering on his “Frozen” co-star Idina Menzel as she sings the national anthem.
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Obama, Cooper push for media help in better vet portrayal

Actor Bradley Cooper speaks on a panel during the launch event for "Got Your 6," a multifaceted program that includes encouraging film and television to include characters who are veterans, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)NEW YORK (AP) — The first lady and "American Sniper" star Bradley Cooper are backing a new challenge to TV and film producers and writers to accurately represent U.S. troops who have returned from war and move away from portraying them either as victims or infallible heroes.



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Rapper Pitbull to root for, then perform for, Patriots

PHOENIX (AP) — Pitbull has thrown his Super Bowl allegiance to the New England Patriots.
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Obama, Dalai Lama set to attend National Prayer Breakfast

FILE - In this July 18, 2011, file photo, the Dalai Lama speaks while participating in a multi-faith panel discussion with Jewish, Islamic and Christian leaders in Chicago. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, 2015, in Washington, the first time the two men have been together in nearly a year. While the president and the Tibetan spiritual leader could have a chance encounter at the event Thursday, the White House downplayed any official engagement between the two. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be at the National Prayer Breakfast next week in Washington, the first time the two men have been together in nearly a year.



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Kravitz among Super Bowl performers rooting for Seahawks

PHOENIX (AP) — Add Lenny Kravitz to the list of Super Bowl performers who are rooting for a Seattle Seahawks victory on Sunday.
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US economic growth in 2014 fastest in four years

Full year economic growth in the United States came in at 2.4%, a pickup from 2.2% in 2013The US economy grew at its fastest pace in four years in 2014, outpacing all of the other major developed countries as consumers gained confidence helped by sinking oil prices. The Commerce Department reported Friday that US gross domestic product grew at an annual 2.4 percent pace last year, up from 2.2 percent in 2013, as the United States distanced itself from the sagging economies of Europe and Japan.



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AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government’s latest airwaves auction.
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Oregon college: Saudi royal did not receive degree there

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lewis & Clark College says Saudi Arabia’s new deputy crown prince did not graduate from the private school as the Saudi Embassy said last week, although he did attend classes.
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Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International AirportBy Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) – Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. Efforts to adopt new standards for global plane tracking and co-operation on the risks of flying over conflict zones will dominate the meeting on safety in Montreal from Feb. 2-5, weeks ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370, the Malaysian Airlines jet with 239 people on board. "Issues such as flight restrictions over conflict zones can only be tackled at a global or regional level," Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, said. "The global aviation regulatory system should also act more quickly to address the recommendations for safety improvement made by accident investigators," he told Reuters ahead of the talks at the International Civil Aviation Organization.



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Factbox: The U.N. agency examining 2014′s aviation disasters

The following are some facts about the organization: – ICAO is a Montreal-based specialized agency of the United Nations which oversees civil aviation. Created in 1944, ICAO’s 191 member states are signatories to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, the treaty that governs international flight by civil aircraft. – The agency sets standards that typically become regulatory requirements in its member states. States can choose not to follow any of ICAO’s more than 10,000 “standards and recommended practices,” but they are supposed to report deviations to ICAO.
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Factbox: U.N. aviation conference agenda

The following are some of the main proposals on the agenda: TRACKING PLANES ICAO’s Secretariat has asked members to endorse a proposed global flight tracking system called the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System, or GADSS, after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 last March on a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Australia, which has led a nearly year-long hunt for MH370, wants ICAO to clarify who should be responsible for such searches once rescue efforts are called off. Malaysia has said it would split the costs.
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Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq

People gather at the scene of bomb attack in BaghdadBy Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias further south and west, but attacks in and around Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk have been less frequent. Kurdish military sources said the peshmerga had repelled dawn attacks by Islamic State at different points along a more than 1,000 km frontline, including Khazer, west of Arbil, and Makhmur, further south. "Maybe they are afraid the fight for Mosul has started so they are trying to show they can operate close to Arbil or Kirkuk," Roj Nuri Shaways, Iraq's deputy prime minister and a peshmerga commander, told Reuters.



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Wearing Seahawks gear, lawmakers support fantasy football

State Republican Sen. Pam Roach, back left, listens to a resolution on the Senate floor honoring the Seattle Seahawks, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Roach is sponsoring a bill that would legalize paid fantasy sports leagues. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — On the last weekday before the Super Bowl, legislators wearing Seattle Seahawks gear made noise over a bill to allow Washington state residents to legally play fantasy football.



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Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

Jeff Flug, President of Union Square Hospitality Group; Danny Meyer, Founder & CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; and Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO, fourth left to right, celebrate as they ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Shares of Shake Shack Inc. have more than doubled minutes after they debuted on the stock market Friday.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday.



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Obama hails ‘boundless’ promise of precision medicine

US President Barack Obama speaks on investments in "precision medicine" on January 30, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama on Friday unveiled plans to plow $215 million into "precision medicine" research, a field he said provided "boundless" promise for the treatment of diseases like cancer and diabetes. The bulk of the money, $200 million, would go to the National Institutes of Health and its affiliate the National Cancer Institute.



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FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.
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US reaps $41 bn in wireless spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission, which revised down its estimate from $45 billion, says the auction that ended Thursday raised the highest amount ever for this type of saleThe US government is getting more than $41 billion from an auction of wireless spectrum, highlighting surging demand for new devices that connect to the Internet, officials said Friday. The Federal Communications Commission, which revised down its estimate from $45 billion, said the auction that ended Thursday raised the highest amount ever for this type of sale and would improve wireless access countrywide. The move adds 65 megahertz of spectrum to "improve wireless connectivity across the country and accelerate the mobile revolution that is driving economic growth and improving the lives of the American people," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. In a document listing the winning bidders, the FCC said AT&T won bids totaling $18.2 billion and Verizon $10.4 billion.



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

In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court on a traffic warrant, in Las Vegas following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case. A lawyer for Knight says the Death Row Records founder was at the wheel of a car that struck two men, killing one, in a Los Angeles suburb. The accident in Compton occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop's leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and fleeing the scene of the crash near Los Angeles.



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Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

Map locates Malum Fatori, Nigeria.;MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut.



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Bayern suffer shock 4-1 hammering at Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg's Dutch striker Bas Dost (L) shoots the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern Muenchen in Wolfsburg, Germany on January 30, 2015Wolfsburg breathed life into the Bundesliga's title race on Friday with a shock 4-1 hammering of leaders Bayern Munich, who suffered their heaviest German league defeat for six years. Pep Guardiola's Bayern also lost their first league game of the season as second-placed Wolfsburg trimmed their lead to eight points. Bayern leaked as many goals in Wolfsburg as in the entire first half of the season as the home side ruthlessly exploited Bayern's numerous errors.



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Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico

Workers continue to remove rubble, a day after a gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity hospital, causing most of the building to collapse, in Cuajimalpa on the western edge of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The blast occurred Thursday morning, when the truck was making a routine delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen and gas started to leak. Witnesses said the tanker workers struggled to repair the leak while a large cloud of gas formed. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY (AP) — It was the sort of scene that plays out thousands of times a day across Mexico City: A tanker truck laden with propane rumbled down a crowded street, pulled up at a hospital and began to pump gas into its storage tanks.



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San Francisco coroner says human remains are from 1 man

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While the San Francisco medical examiner has determined that the human remains found inside a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street belong to an unidentified light-skinned man, police have released a description of a suspect.
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