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Lorde performs at Soho House ahead of Grammys

AP Photo/Joel Ryan LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lorde sang at a small concert days before her big night at the Grammys and reminded the crowd to tune in to her performance Sunday night. The 17-year-old New Zealander performed for a tightly packed crowd Thursday at the Soho House in...
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Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail, probation

Former Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent looks around in court during the penalty phase of the intoxication manslaughter trial in Dallas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Brent was found guilty on Wednesday, of intoxication manslaughter and faces probation to 20 years for a fiery wreck that...
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Former aide to US senator hangs himself in Md.

This Dec. 11, 2013 image from video provided by WJLA-TV, shows Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., being escorted from his Washington home by U.S. Postal Inspector police. Loskarn has been found dead in Maryland, just weeks after the former...

Natural gas soars as cold grips homes, drillers

NEW YORK (AP) — The frigid winter of 2014 is setting the price of natural gas on fire. Record amounts of natural gas are being burned for heat and electricity – and it’s so cold that drillers are struggling to produce enough to keep up with the high demand....
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Pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman’s case in court

In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 photo, Erick Munoz stands with an undated copy of a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo in Haltom City, Texas. Munoz filed a lawsuit in state district court in Fort Worth, Texas, where his wife has been on life support...

Deputies: Former aide to senator found dead in Md.

A former aide to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has been found dead in Maryland, just weeks after the former staffer’s arrest on child pornography charges. The Carroll County Sheriff’s office said on its website Friday that Ryan Loskarn was found dead Thursday in...
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Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife plead not guilty

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive at the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, for his and his wife Maureen’s bond hearing and arraignment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 on federal corruption charges. Federal prosecutors allege...
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Bitstrips amuses, annoys as its comics go viral

AP Photo/Chris Young SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker’s comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup’s success was a drawn-out process. The concept for a mobile...
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US stocks slide, following global markets lower

AP Photo/Richard Drew NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is sharply lower as investors dump risky assets and pull money out of emerging markets. The Dow was down 202 points, or 1.3 percent, to 15,993 in late morning trading Friday. It fell 176 points the day...
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Sheriff: Slain officer wore a bulletproof vest

In this undated photo released by Bay Area Rapid Transit shows police Sgt. Tom Smith. Authorities say the BART police officer was shot and killed by a fellow officer while searching an apartment looking for a laptop and other stolen items on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 in Dublin,...