Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said. Attacks elsewhere killed 27 people, with twin bombs hitting a crowded market in Baghdad and a suicide bomber targeting pro-government Shiite militiamen who were manning a checkpoint outside a city north of the Iraqi capital.
Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Marion "Suge" Knight, the former rap music mogul with a long history of violent crimes, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of a hitting and killing a man with his car and then fleeing the crash near Los Angeles. Knight's attorney said the founder of Death Row Records accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he tried to escape attackers Thursday, but witnesses and authorities say an argument between the men escalated into Knight ramming the pair.
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Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline TOKYO (AP) - The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh," Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement. "We will inform you of any developments in due time."
US economic growth slows to 2.6 percent in fourth quarter WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. economic growth slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas. The Commerce Department said Friday gross domestic product grew at a 2.6 percent annualized rate in the October-December period, down from sizzling gains of 5 percent in the third quarter and 4.6 percent in the second quarter.
Mitt Romney to update supporters on plans for 2016 campaign WASHINGTON (AP) - Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters Friday about his plans for the 2016 campaign. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host a conference call with supporters at 11 a.m. EST, according to an email from Romney obtained by The Associated Press. Romney will tell staff members about his plans a few minutes earlier.
What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending WASHINGTON (AP) - The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation's ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both.
APNewsBreak: Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia.
AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican party isn't complete without a piņata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club. As they practice the centuries-old tradition of pinata-making, the couple caters to a smaller market of consumers demanding higher quality "artistic" figures that pay greater attention to detail. Still, competition is tight as more run-of-the mill pinata makers sell their creations more cheaply. Three other rooftops full of the drying figures are visible on the hillside below the couple's workshop and home.