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.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state lawmakers held a hearing to gather input from the public on whether changes should be made to a law that requires death penalty defendants to prove beyond a doubt they are intellectually disabled to be spared execution on those grounds.
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being taken into custody.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians wishing to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs are asked to visit one of more than 90 collection points during National Drug Take Back Day this weekend.
BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - A new scarecrow of Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty" has appeared in the small north Georgia town of Ball Ground. But how it got there -- and who created it -- is a mystery.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say motorists are reporting more collisions with bears on roads and highways just north of Atlanta.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - All that's left of Doodles are his ashes, a clay impression of his paw and a whole lot of questions owner Patricia Cassidy has about his mysterious death.
ATLANTA (AP) - The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.
ATLANTA (AP) - Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Air Force officials tell The Associated Press that twice this year, officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door. That door is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering the officers' underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Commuters heading into downtown Athens Monday possibly noticed some demolition at the R.E.M. steeple, the famed location of the band's early practice and living space.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - After more than 160 years in Macon, the Georgia State Fair has moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.
BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Police in the north Georgia town of Ball Ground are offering $1,000 reward for the arrest of whoever stole a scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty."