Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in 2016

Washington — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016. 

Worker who saw victim's body testifies at Hernandez trial

Jurors heard grim testimony Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez, who has been portrayed by his lawyers as a man with "the world at his feet" and no reason to kill.

Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody

A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians on Friday afternoon, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.

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Panel: Overhaul military benefits

A congressionally mandated commission called for an overhaul of the military’s benefits system Thursday, recommending changes so that future service members will contribute to their retirements and choose private-sector health care plans.

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business owners, it's simply the "big game" or "game day."

Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.\n

Protesters disrupt Senate hearing

Protesters interrupt the start of a Senate Armed Services hearing as they shout at former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, center, joined by former State Department head George P. Shultz, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday. The...

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A Cold War submariner describes life down under.\n

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Explosion kills 2 at Mexican hospital

A paramedic holds the hands of a newborn as his colleague attends to the baby's mother, who was evacuated Thursday from the Maternity and Children's Hospital of Cuajimalpa, on the outskirts of Mexico City. The woman give birth to her baby in the...

Israel and Hezbollah clash anew

Residents of Israel and Lebanon feared Wednesday that their countries were edging toward war after Israeli troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia exchanged deadly barrages across a fractious border earlier in the day.

Islamic State releases new message by Japanese hostage

The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.

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Dartmouth bans hard alcohol to rein in 'extreme behavior'

Dartmouth College will prohibit all students, regardless of age, from drinking or possessing hard alcohol on campus and will create a new network of residential communities for student social life in a effort to rid the school of what its president...

Obama calls for spending surge

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of...