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Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Where the river is born: The other side of the Mississippi

The Mississippi River. The blues, jazz, Tom Sawyer and the Big Mo. Not in Minnesota, where the mighty Mississippi isn't so mighty. Consider a visit to Lake Itasca, where the river is born, and to... Read more »

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US support for satirizing religion breaks along racial lines, Pew survey finds

To the issues dividing Americans by race, add the publication of satirical cartoons about religion. Read more »

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Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already... Read more »

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Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity

Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens. Read more »

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Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in... Read more »

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Ferguson schools seek new leader, healing after Brown death

The Ferguson-Florissant School District's search for a new superintendent began long before the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Read more »

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Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles

There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Read more »

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35 years after Etan Patz vanished, boy's murder trial opens

Thirty-five years after a 6-year-old boy disappeared in Manhattan, ushering in an era of protectiveness for America's children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed... Read more »

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Virginia may ban releasing balloons into the atmosphere

A Virginia lawmaker says banning the release of helium balloons into the air could help save wildlife on land and in the water. Read more »

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Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week

Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group... Read more »

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US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

DETROIT — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Census, which could give Arab-Americans and... Read more »

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Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald's casket

A judge says the original casket 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. Read more »

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Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age

Many of the first 100 prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have said they can't be impartial because they already... Read more »

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Romney to dine with Christie after announcing he won't run

Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to have dinner with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney hours after Romney announced he will not pursue another run for the White House. Read more »

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Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for deadly Sinai attack

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula.... Read more »

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Keystone XL pipeline wins Senate vote in victory for GOP, McConnell

After weeks of unusually robust debate, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the massive Keystone XL pipeline, brushing aside President Barack Obama’s... Read more »

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The Force is strong with this one: Panel with Star Wars' Carrie Fisher added to FanX lineup

With Salt Lake Comic Con's second FanX event underway, organizers announced that Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher will be speaking at a 30-minute panel on the convention's final day. Read more »

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Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl teams vie for purring rights

Football tampering is inevitable when felines take the field Sunday in Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl. Read more »

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After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history... Read more »

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50 years after funeral, Churchill towers over UK politicians

Fifty years after Winston Churchill's funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader — and tried to energize their election campaigns with a little of the Churchill... Read more »

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Bomb rips through Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan, 49 dead

A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 49 people and wounding dozens more, officials said. Read more »

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US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter

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. Read more »

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Germany: Talk of axing Greek debt 'divorced from reality'

Germany bluntly rejected suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, as a top eurozone finance official met Friday with the country's new left-wing government leaders... Read more »

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Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent

Qatar Airways said Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition... Read more »

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