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Mitt Romney to update supporters on plans for 2016 campaign

bigstory.ap.org — 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.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Politics: Not running: Mitt Romney passes on 3rd campaign, says he won't seek White House in 2016: apne.ws/1DnFnjm

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Politics: Not running: Mitt Romney passes on 3rd campaign, says he won't seek White House in 2016: apne.ws/1DnFnjm

Jan 30, 2015

Fmr aides offered Romney a blunt assessment of his chances in a Boston mtg, cited signs of eroding NH support. bit.ly/1KeaFLV

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: MORE: Romney told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race: apne.ws/1EU0FWW

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AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

Jan 30, 2015

@AP: Missy Elliott is Katy Perry's surprise guest at Super Bowl halftime: apne.ws/1EtbT7x” inflategate? pic.twitter.com/em18wg8WNE

Jan 30, 2015

RT“@AP: Spoiler alert: Missy Elliott is Katy Perry's surprise guest at Super Bowl halftime: apne.ws/1EtbT7x

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Spoiler alert: Missy Elliott is Katy Perry's surprise guest at Super Bowl halftime. apne.ws/1BBqfiv pic.twitter.com/CN2pep4HFQ

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: Spoiler alert: Missy Elliott is Katy Perry's surprise guest at Super Bowl halftime: apne.ws/1EtbT7x

Jan 29, 2015

Yesss. #workit "AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half | Pro32: Head to Head pro32.ap.org/article/ap-sou…"

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Pro wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating at Wing Bowl

bigstory.ap.org — PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Professional wrestling star Mick Foley has been ejected from Philadelphia's Wing Bowl eating contest after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack in an attempt to increase his total. People following Friday's event on social media dubbed Foley's antics "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy.
Jan 30, 2015

Mick Foley, AKA Mankind, caught cheating at chicken wing eating contest apne.ws/1CHBBmk CC:@EnriqueOther (since you still watch WWF)

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Oddities: Pro wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating at Wing Bowl by hiding uneaten wings in fanny pack: apne.ws/1wIRPF2 #odd

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Oddities: Pro wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating at Wing Bowl by hiding uneaten wings in fanny pack: apne.ws/1wIRPF2 #odd

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Oddities: Pro wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating at Wing Bowl by hiding uneaten wings in fanny pack: apne.ws/1wIRPF2 #odd

Jan 30, 2015

Wing-gate RT @AP_Oddities Wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating @ Wing Bowl. He hid uneaten wings in fanny pack apne.ws/1wIRPF2

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David Duke considers run against Scalise

bigstory.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he may run for Congress against the No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise recently apologized for a speech he gave in 2002 to a white supremacist group founded by Duke.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: Former KKK leader David Duke says he may run against No. 3 House Republican Steve Scalise in Louisiana: apne.ws/1EutKLe

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: Former KKK leader David Duke says he may run against No. 3 House Republican Steve Scalise in Louisiana: apne.ws/1EutKLe

Jan 30, 2015

RT @BenjySarlin: Steve Scalise may get a really good chance to differentiate himself from David Duke bigstory.ap.org/article/f5172b…

Jan 30, 2015

Former KKK leader David Duke says he may run against No. 3 House Republican Steve Scalise in Louisiana: apne.ws/1EutKLe via @AP

Jan 30, 2015

Steve Scalise may get a really good chance to differentiate himself from David Duke bigstory.ap.org/article/f5172b…

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Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

bigstory.ap.org — PHOENIX (AP) - It is the game that must not be named - at least not without permission. 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."
Jan 30, 2015

Even @AmericanAir, with official ties to Sunday's big game, can't call it the S_ B_: bit.ly/1ETTU7u @nfl #lawyers

Jan 30, 2015

You mean the Soup-ur-bowl? RT: @AP: Businesses careful not to use NFL trademarked name when referring to Super Bowl: apne.ws/1EtDbuj

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Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos

bigstory.ap.org — PHOENIX (AP) - Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season. "I'm taking some time to assess some things and to see," Manning said Friday, after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos: apne.ws/1A7WGai (@epells)

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos: apne.ws/1A7WGai (@epells)

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos: apne.ws/1A7WGai (@epells)

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos: apne.ws/1A7WGai (@epells)

George Zimmerman assault care dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

bigstory.ap.org — ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they are dropping their aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after his ex-girlfriend stopped cooperating with authorities. State Attorney Phil Archer said Friday that he wouldn't file a formal charge against Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials dropping aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after ex-girlfriend recants story: apne.ws/1A6DqKc

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials dropping aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after ex-girlfriend recants story: apne.ws/1A6DqKc

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials dropping aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after ex-girlfriend recants story: apne.ws/1A6DqKc

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials dropping aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after ex-girlfriend recants story: apne.ws/1A6DqKc

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials dropping aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after ex-girlfriend recants story: apne.ws/1A6DqKc

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NH Lottery Cooks Up Bacon-scented Scratchers

video.ap.org — The New Hampshire Lottery is serving up its scratch tickets with a side of Bacon. Officials say sales of the new bacon-scented tickets are outpacing other offerings. (Jan. 30)
Jan 30, 2015

This @AP video from New Hampshire features people holding bacon while scratching bacon-scented lottery tickets: video.ap.org/NH-Lottery-Coo…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @hramer: NH's bacon-scented lottery tickets off to sizzling start. AP story: bit.ly/1zfx6i8 video: apne.ws/1CUvnA4 #nhnews

Jan 30, 2015

NH's bacon-scented lottery tickets off to sizzling start. AP story: bit.ly/1zfx6i8 video: apne.ws/1CUvnA4 #nhnews

Woods shoots 44, matches his worst 9-hole score on PGA Tour

bigstory.ap.org — SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods matched his worst 9-hole score on the PGA Tour with a 44 on the back nine Friday at the Phoenix Open. With the front nine still to play, Woods was 10 over for the tournament and tied for last with Arizona club pro Michael Hopper.

Germany rejects notion of Greek debt write-off

Jan 30, 2015

RT @DougSaunders: So Wolfgang Schaeuble just used the word "blackmail" to describe Greece's new government's approach. This will be bad bigstory.ap.org/article/b4dd5b…

Jan 30, 2015

So Wolfgang Schaeuble just used the word "blackmail" to describe Greece's new government's approach. This will be bad bigstory.ap.org/article/b4dd5b…

Jan 30, 2015

This is getting very ugly, very fast. "#Germany to #Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity" bigstory.ap.org/article/b4dd5b…

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US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter

bigstory.ap.org — 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. The Commerce Department says the overall economy grew at a 2.6 percent rate in the October-December period, down from sizzling gains of 4.6 percent in the second quarter and 5 percent in the third quarter.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Commerce Department says the U.S. economy slowed to 2.6 percent growth in final three months of 2014: apne.ws/1wI6yjz

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Commerce Department says the U.S. economy slowed to 2.6 percent growth in final three months of 2014: apne.ws/1wI6yjz

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Commerce Department says the U.S. economy slowed to 2.6 percent growth in final three months of 2014: apne.ws/1wI6yjz

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Commerce Department says the U.S. economy slowed to 2.6 percent growth in final three months of 2014: apne.ws/1wI6yjz

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Commerce Department says the U.S. economy slowed to 2.6 percent growth in final three months of 2014: apne.ws/1wI6yjz

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New lottery tickets come with a side of bacon _ scent

bigstory.ap.org — HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's new scratch-and-sniff lottery ticket is off to a sizzling start. The $1 bacon-scented ticket went on sale earlier this month, and sales have been surprisingly strong. Lottery officials went with a conservative print run just in case the tickets were a bust, but they now expect to sell out within three months.

35 years after Etan Patz vanished, boy's murder trial opens

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - A prosecutor says the little boy named Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS') was a "tiny man with a big heart" who couldn't wait to walk to the school bus stop by himself. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon (ill-OOZ-ee OHR-bahn) says Etan's life was snuffed out the very day he achieved that childhood freedom in 1979.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: 35 years after Etan Patz vanished in NYC, trial opens in one of the US's best-known missing-child cases: apne.ws/1EU5MGD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: 35 years after Etan Patz vanished in NYC, trial opens in one of the US's best-known missing-child cases: apne.ws/1EU5MGD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: 35 years after Etan Patz vanished in NYC, trial opens in one of the US's best-known missing-child cases: apne.ws/1EU5MGD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: 35 years after Etan Patz vanished in NYC, trial opens in one of the US's best-known missing-child cases: apne.ws/1EU5MGD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: 35 years after Etan Patz vanished in NYC, trial opens in one of the US's best-known missing-child cases: apne.ws/1EU5MGD

Graphic images of victim's body shown at Hernandez trial

bigstory.ap.org — FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Testimony has resumed in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez a day after prosecutors laid out their case in opening statements. Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @MRSmithAP: If #AaronHernandez's name is mentioned during the Super Bowl, judge told jurors they must leave the room bigstory.ap.org/article/15ced3…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @MRSmithAP: If #AaronHernandez's name is mentioned during the Super Bowl, judge told jurors they must leave the room bigstory.ap.org/article/15ced3…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @MRSmithAP: If #AaronHernandez's name is mentioned during the Super Bowl, judge told jurors they must leave the room bigstory.ap.org/article/15ced3…

Jan 30, 2015

If #AaronHernandez's name is mentioned during the Super Bowl, judge told jurors they must leave the room bigstory.ap.org/article/15ced3…

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Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: FAA investigating a near-midair collision by airport north of NYC; JetBlue passenger heard 'whoosh' of small plane: apne.ws/1DntTfD

Jan 30, 2015

NEW: FAA investigating a near-midair collision north of #NYC; JetBlue passenger heard small plane whoosh apne.ws/1DntTfD #aviation

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: FAA investigating a near-midair collision by airport north of NYC; JetBlue passenger heard 'whoosh' of small plane: apne.ws/1DntTfD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: FAA investigating a near-midair collision by airport north of NYC; JetBlue passenger heard 'whoosh' of small plane: apne.ws/1DntTfD

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP: FAA investigating a near-midair collision by airport north of NYC; JetBlue passenger heard 'whoosh' of small plane: apne.ws/1DntTfD

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

pro32.ap.org — FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Judge: Jurors can watch Super Bowl but must leave room if Aaron Hernandez's name is mentioned apne.ws/1A7PfA2

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Judge: Jurors can watch Super Bowl but must leave room if Aaron Hernandez's name is mentioned apne.ws/1A7PfA2

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Judge: Jurors can watch Super Bowl but must leave room if Aaron Hernandez's name is mentioned apne.ws/1A7PfA2

White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids

bigstory.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama's press secretary says the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Josh Earnest tells journalists that Obama believes vaccination decisions should be made by parents, with a bias toward good science.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Politics: Amid measles outbreak, White House says science indicates parents should vaccinate their kids, @nedrapickler reports. apne.ws/1yVfdol

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_Politics: Amid measles outbreak, White House says science indicates parents should vaccinate their kids, @nedrapickler reports. apne.ws/1yVfdol

Goodell: Pats could be penalized even if no competitive edge

pro32.ap.org — PHOENIX (AP) - Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased pena
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Goodell: Patriots could be penalized even if flat footballs didn't give them edge apne.ws/1EUxMtO

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Goodell: Patriots could be penalized even if flat footballs didn't give them edge apne.ws/1EUxMtO

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AP_NFL: Goodell: Patriots could be penalized even if flat footballs didn't give them edge apne.ws/1EUxMtO

Kerry to visit Ukraine, Germany next week

bigstory.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government amid heightened conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. U.S. officials say Kerry will be in Kiev next Friday before heading to an international security conference in Munich.