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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.

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What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.

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Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.

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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.

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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.

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US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in Q4 despite strongest consumer spending since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.

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Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

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