• List: 10 Super Bowl ads you'll be talking about

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It's almost show time. When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning. Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for: BUDWEISER "LOST DOG" Brewer Anheuser-Busch's 60-second ad shows a Labrador puppy chasing after the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales that are being moved to a new stable. The tune, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," performed by Sleeping performs in the background. The ad is the sequel to last year's "Best Buds," showing the bond between a puppy and Clydesdale, a spot many conside

  • Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a strong earnings season into a weak one. Profits for companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index are expected to have grown in the fourth quarter at one of the lowest rates in years, just 2.2 percent. The culprit: Energy companies that suffered as oil prices plunged. Their profits are expected to have dropped 23 percent, a collapse of fortune nearly unheard of outside of a recession, and one that has weighed on the stock market. Investors will find out just how ugly the earnings are as oil companies report results over the next several days. So far, things don't look

  • Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident. All that fed a surge of consumer spending last quarter, offsetting weaker business spending caused in part by a pullback by oil drillers and a frail global economy. The U.S. economy as a whole expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate, the government said Friday, down from a sizzling 5 percent gain the previous quarter.

  • Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico

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    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. Then something went very wrong. A gas leak led to an explosion Thursday that destroyed a maternity hospital, killing at least three people and injuring more than 70. It's already focusing on attention on Mexico City's unusual reliance on trucking gas through often-chaotic traffic to reach homes and businesses.

  • Teen killed by police previously cited for resisting arrest

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    DENVER (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car was accused in a separate incident of eluding a police officer and resisting arrest just three weeks before her death, court records obtained Friday show. State troopers cited Jessica Hernandez on Jan. 1 for speeding down a highway north of Denver in her mother's car after the girl's driver's license had been revoked. The citation shows Hernandez was driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, and the trooper noted that she was resisting arrest in a way that risked serious injury to him or others. It does not provide other details of the case. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis would not comment on the case.

  • Virginia coal company to idle coal mines in 2 W.Va. counties

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    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says it has notified workers at coal mines in two West Virginia counties that the company plans to idle their operations. The decision will mean the loss of nearly 100 jobs. In an announcement Friday, Alpha said the affected mines are in Logan and Mingo counties. The company cited weak market conditions and federal anti-pollution regulations. Alpha said 91 workers have been given notice at affiliate Highland Mining Co.'s surface mines, as well as seven workers at a reclamation unit. Twenty-five percent of the affected workers will continue to perform reclamation work as operations wind down. The mine idlings and workforce reduction are expected to b

  • Cardinal George: Doctors have 'run out of tricks' for him

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Retired Cardinal Francis George says his doctors have run out of options for his cancer treatment and he's exploring an approach to care that focuses on quality of life rather than a cure. George spoke to reporters Friday in Chicago after the Knights of Columbus presented him with its top honor. He says his doctors have "run out of tricks in the bag." The Archdiocese of Chicago says its retired leader has a day-to-day challenge with fatigue. His cancer has not spread to any other organs and continues to be located in the kidney. Last month, George stopped taking an experimental drug because it wasn't working. George stepped down as the leader of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics in November.

  • Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack. People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy. Chicago's Patrick Bertoletti won with a Wing Bowl record 444 wings in 26 minutes. He edged out 2014 champion Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who eclipsed her record 363-wing mark with 440 wings. The fan-favorite Foley, who's known in the ring as Mankind, said after his ouster that he didn't want to overstuff himself and get sick, like other competitors.

  • New lottery tickets come with a side of bacon _ scent

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    HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's new scratch-and-sniff lottery ticket is off to a sizzling start. The $1 bacon-scented tickets with a top prize of $1,000 hit the market in early January. Lottery officials went with a conservative print run just in case they were a bust but now expect the tickets to sell out within three months. Sales are far outpacing other $1 scratch tickets, some of which have been for sale for as long as eight months. New Hampshire isn't the first state to have a bacon-themed lottery ticket, or the first to have a scratch-and-sniff ticket. But it's apparently the first to combine the two.

  • 6 teens accused of girl's sex assault at Denver-area party

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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Six male teens have been accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a party in suburban Denver, police said Friday. Five teens, ranging from 16 to 19, were arrested during the course of the investigation. Police said they expected to arrest the sixth suspect soon. The investigation began Sunday night after the girl was reported missing in the city south of Denver. Police described her as a runaway and said officers ended up contacting her just as a missing person report was being filed with the police department. According to police, the girl said she had been sexually assaulted while at a party earlier in the day attended by 10 to 12 people. The girl was taken to a hospital for medical treatment

  • Bernice Gordon, crossword puzzle constructor, dies at 101

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernice Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, has died at the age of 101. Gordon died at her Philadelphia home early Thursday, her son Jim Lanard confirmed Friday. A private memorial service was planned, he said. A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Gordon raised three children before working as an artist and traveling around the world. She began creating the puzzles in her 30s because she enjoyed the mental challenge. Her puzzles were published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others including puzzle books from Dell and Simon & Schuster.

  • Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age

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    BOSTON (AP) — Many of the more than 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 believe he's guilty or have a personal connection to the attack that would make it difficult to be objective. On Friday, the judge, prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers heard a different perspective: a woman who said she has sympathy for Tsarnaev. The woman, a 51-year-old former software engineer who now raises chickens, cited Tsarnaev's youth — he was 19 at the time of the attack — and said she would not be able to sentence him to death.

  • Lawyer wants reporter to reveal details in James Brown case

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A reporter covering the fight over soul singer James Brown's estate has been ordered to tell a court how she obtained a diary from James Brown's widow. A judge issued a restraining order Friday telling journalist Sue Summer to not publish anything from the diary, which she says was sent to her anonymously. But the order came several hours after Summer had already posted Tomi Ray Hynie's writings on her Facebook page. In a letter to Summer's attorney, Hynie's lawyer Robert Rosen said the diary is covered by a gag order. Rosen says it contains the writings of someone in distress and to publish them would be morally wrong. Last week, a judge ruled Hynie was legally married to Brown when he died in 2

  • Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said "the opportunities are great," and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S. She also was asked if most House Democrats would attend a Netanyahu speech to Congress. "I don't know," Pelosi replied.

  • Mastercard and Amazon are big market movers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE MasterCard Inc., up 65 cents to $82.03 The processor of debit and credit card payments reported better-than-expected fourth profit on a boost in consumer spending. Abbvie Inc., down $2.77 to $60.35 The drugmaker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter adjusted profit due to sales growth of its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Humira. Deckers Outdoor Corp., down $16.22 to $66.05 The maker of Ugg footwear reported worse-than-expected fiscal third-quarter profit and revenue and cut its outlook. The Manitowoc Co., down 54 cents to $18.

  • Government sells scandalized Teapot Dome oilfield for $45M

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A private company finally will be able to drill legally for oil at Teapot Dome, a remote Wyoming oilfield that remains best known for a political scandal that embroiled the administration of President Warren G. Harding in the early 1920s. The Energy Department announced Friday that it had finalized the sale of the 9,481-acre Teapot Dome oilfield to New York-based Stranded Oil Resources Corporation for $45.2 million. Stranded Oil was the highest of nine bidders last fall. Most of the easily accessible oil in the oilfield 35 miles north of Casper already has been tapped out since drilling resumed in the mid-1970s.

  • Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher's killing

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    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Friday that 25-year-old Thomas Moore tortured Nicole Mathewson and killed her after committing multiple felonies. He says that warrants capital punishment. Moore's 16-year-old co-defendant won't face the death penalty. Moore and the teen are charged with homicide, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other offenses in the December killing in Lancaster.

  • Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is sagging at the close as investors weigh a slowdown in the U.S. economy and corporate earnings. January was a rough month for markets. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3 percent, its worse monthly performance in a year. On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average slumped 252 points, or 1.5 percent, to close at 17,164. The S&P 500 dipped 26 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,994. The Nasdaq eased 48 points, or 1 percent, to 4,635. The economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the last quarter of 2014, the government said Friday. Weaker government and business spending held growth back. The news sent prices for U.S. government bonds up, pushing the yield on the 10-year Treasur

  • Michigan Lottery drawings have some people seeing double

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One day's Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double. The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Thursday afternoon and the Daily 4 numbers drawn that evening were the same: zero, two, two and nine. "It's one of those things that hasn't happened in recent memory," Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said. "Sometimes you have coincidences like that." He said 540 winning tickets were sold for the midday drawing and 650 for the afternoon drawing. Each winning ticket is worth $5,000. The odds of winning one drawing are 1 in 10,000. The odds of the same numbers coming up twice are the same odds as winning, said Jordan Ellenberg, a math professor at University of Wisconsin-M

  • Denver police solve old murder case; killer's mom had role

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    DENVER (AP) — The killer in an 18-year-old murder mystery was shielded by his mother until his own death, Denver police said Friday. Police said Jonathan Clinton, then 20, was a suspect at the time in a case that drew wide public attention in Denver, The Denver Post reported (http://tinyurl.com/mefz6lm). But his mother, whose name was not released Friday, told investigators that he was home with her the night 67-year-old Surle Goldfogel surprised a burglar at her home and was beaten to death. Years after Clinton's death of a drug overdose in 2003, his mother told a neighbor the truth.




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