The stock market is closing lower following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year.
U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, but were still on track to end the month higher. Investors were balancing encouraging reports on housing and consumer confidence against data showing that the economy grew at a slower annual rate in the final months of 2014. Oil prices rebounded after a steep drop the day before.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.
NEW YORK (AP) - A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.
U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, with energy stocks among the biggest decliners. Investors were sifting through a mix of corporate earnings and economic news. Crude oil prices resumed their slide.
CHICAGO (AP) - Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.
A federal judge has cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be reinstated, ruling that an NFL arbitrator "failed to meet his duty" in a child abuse case that shook the league.
BAGHDAD (AP) - The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it "a significant step backwards."
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jurors who rejected and insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect.
NEW YORK (AP) - Eight years after Martha Stewart was released from prison for lying about a stock trade, the home diva is now facing another legal mess that may not be easy to clean up.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow has never been higher.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta public schools officials are considering ending a cell phone ban for younger students so they would be able to contact their parents in case of an emergency.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israelis can now read Playboy 'for the articles' as a Hebrew language edition came to the holy land Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season.
CHICAGO (AP) - Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Students planning to attend college in Georgia and apply for state financial aid will soon have to fill out a federal application instead of a state form.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved two labor law changes that Republican leaders say would protect workers and boost market competition.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved proposed changes to a 2011 law targeting illegal immigration.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors finished presenting evidence to a jury hearing the cannibalism conspiracy case against a New York police officer Monday after showing jurors a video of a screaming woman, made to appear as if cooking over an open flame, and other disturbing images from websites devoted to torturing and eating women.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Appearing in public for the first time since she was acquitted of murder, Casey Anthony revealed that she doesn't have a job or a car, lives with friends and relies on unsolicited gift cards and cash to get by.
NEW YORK (AP) - Investors brushed off early jitters about a potential slowdown in China and pushed the Dow to its highest close of the year.
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers are moving to loosen restrictions on where Georgians can carry or keep firearms.
RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A town of about 3,500 in northwest Georgia has established a reputation as a marriage mecca, with between 2,000 and 2,400 marriage licenses being issued there annually.