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MITT WILL NOT RUN 2012 GOP nominee says he will not pursue 3rd bid

Friday, 30 January 2015 15:42
Mitt Romney announced Friday he will not run for president in 2016, after briefly flirting with a third White House run -- a decision that only slightly narrows the crowded field of potential Republican candidates. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it's best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney told donors on a conference call Friday morning.
Senators fume over ex-Gitmo inmate's Taliban call, as WH repeats: No regrets
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:42
Outraged Republicans pointed to claims that one of five former Guantanamo prisoners traded for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl tried to contact the Taliban as further evidence that the Obama administration made a "bad deal." The White House and Pentagon, once again, on Friday defended the terms of that trade and insisted that all five former detainees are in Qatar and accounted for -- and have not returned to the battlefield.
Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:16
A man walks inside a damaged building with an Islamic flag drawn on the wall in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yaseen Al-Bushy By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) – Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.
Prosecutor: 4th Indianapolis house explosion suspect was considered before co-defendant talked
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:06
INDIANAPOLIS – Investigators had been suspicious of the man charged this week with murder and arson in the deadly 2012 Indianapolis house explosion before a co-defendant implicated him, a prosecutor said Friday. Monserrate Shirley, whose home exploded in November 2012, provided investigators with information that helped support the charges Gary Thompson now faces. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT "He had been someone that we have been looking at anyway," Deputy Prosecutor Robinson said after Thompson's initial court appearance…
Woods shoots worst round of career
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:06
Tiger Woods recorded the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 39-year-old former world number one was playing in his first PGA Tour event of the season. After also struggling on day one in Arizona, carding a 73, he was left in 132nd place in a field of 132 and certain to miss the cut. "I've got to keep this in…
NH lottery tickets come with a side of bacon
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:06
Jan. 30, 2015: New scratch-and sniff lottery tickets are fanned out as part of a promotion at the welcome center in Hooksett, N.H. (AP) HOOKSETT, N.H. – 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…
35 years after Etan Patz disappeared, New York boy's murder trial opens
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:06
Thirty-five years after a 6-year-old boy disappeared in Manhattan in a case that shaped the nation's approach to missing children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping. Little Etan Patz was a "tiny man with a big heart" who couldn't wait to walk to his school bus stop alone, and "his beautiful little life" was snuffed out by a neighborhood shop worker, Pedro…
Obama, Dalai Lama due to attend U.S. prayer event February 5
Friday, 30 January 2015 13:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are both scheduled to attend the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 5, a congressional aide said on Friday. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the annual event, and has confirmed he will be there. Obama is also scheduled to attend. Although China has warned that meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties, Obama has met with…
SECRETS OF THE SUB Clean hull may reveal how famed Civil War sub sank
Friday, 30 January 2015 13:41
Conservator Virginie Ternisien works at removing the encrustation from the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 27, 2015. Scientists say that after six months of work, about 70 percent of the encrusted sand, silt and rust from the outside of the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship has been removed. Scientists hope that when the entire hull is revealed, it will…
OPINION: 'Deflategate' aside, NFL gives us plenty to dislike
Friday, 30 January 2015 13:41
If fans look hard enough, they can find reasons to root against Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick, (l.), or the Seahawks, who are coached by Pete Carroll. Over the last week or so, many football fans have decided to hate the New England Patriots – specifically Spygate-tainted head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady – even more than usual. If the Patriots indeed violated the rule that’s sparked “Deflategate,” we have no sympathy…

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