- Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 control.
- Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
- Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday.
- Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.
- Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.
- Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.
- As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
- Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.
- Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.
- Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media
PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.
- Woods stumbles with chipping in return to golf
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The focus on Tiger Woods at the Phoenix open shifted Thursday from a chipped tooth to his chipping.
- NFL says reported concussions down 25 percent this season
PHOENIX (AP) — The number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season, according to the NFL, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall.
- NFL: ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game
PHOENIX (AP) — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly.
- Brady feels better, expects to be 100 percent for Super Bowl
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Brady expects his cold to be gone in time for the Super Bowl.