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Des Moines, Iowa • 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. The donors, …

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  • Boy Scouts settle California sex abuse lawsuit, avoid making ‘perversion’ files public
    Los Angeles • 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...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 during her confirmation hearing before the committee. Lynch made her remarks in the opening moments of a hearing into her appointment as the nation's first black female attorney general. It is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the Senate this month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Utah’s Orrin Hatch says attorney general nominee Lynch ‘appears to be well qualified’
    Washington • Senate Republicans demanded wholesale change at the Justice Department Thursday as they questioned whether President Barack Obama’s attor...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 10:39 am   |     |   Share
  • Protester Bruce Young waves a placard as activists head to a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, with officials from the office of the Denver District Attorney after the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl who allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alleyway. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Mom of girl killed by Denver police wants independent autopsy
    Denver • The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn’t tr...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 11:38 am   |     |   Share
  • President Barack Obama, speaks during the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion
    Washington • President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thu...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 11:24 am   |     |   Share

  • Idaho legislative panel holds gay protections bill, essentially killing it
    Boise, Idaho • Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, once again blocking attempts b...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 10:38 am   |     |   Share
  • Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigator Ertata Lananggalih holds a model plane as he explains the movement of AirAsia Flight 8501 before it crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 last year during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot as stall alarms sounded
    Jakarta, Indonesia • Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover t...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 10:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Gas blast at Mexico City children’s hospital, dozens injured, at least 4 dead
    Mexico City • A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three adu...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 10:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Angela Alexie, left, arrives to be arraigned in court in Eastpointe, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Alexie, whose newborn baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center after she gave birth in a garage, was charged Wednesday with murder and child abuse. Investigators say the 24-year-old Alexie disclosed that she gave birth alone in a garage in Eastpointe on Dec. 22, and the baby was left there to die a few days later. The body ended up at a recycling center in nearby Roseville where workers discovered it on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates) Mom charged with murder after baby who ‘must have suffered greatly’ was left in recycling bin
    Eastpointe, Mich. • A woman whose baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center weeks after she gave birth alone in an unheated garage was ch...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Paul Frohman smokes an electronic cigarette outside an office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. California health officials  declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
    Sacramento, Calif. • California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like to...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. As he decides whether to run for president a third time, Romney has accepted an invitation to speak at Jacksonville University’s spring graduation in the key presidential battleground of Florida. Romney also will receive an honorary degree on April 25, the private school announced. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) Mitt Romney courts middle class, jabs Hillary Clinton in Mississippi
    Washington • Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fo...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jill Leach shovels her car out at her home in Boston's Charlestown section, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, one day after a blizzard dumped about 2 feet of snow in the city. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) New Englanders facing snowy ‘big dig’ after being clobbered by blizzard
    Boston • Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who mi...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 11:39 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel) ‘Ship of Gold’ treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2 years on the run
    A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than tw...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 11:28 am   |     |   Share
  • Anton the kangaroo eluding captors in not-Australia Austria
    Vienna • A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan. “No kangaroos in Austria” T-shirts...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • French court allows gay marriage between French-Moroccan couple
    Paris • France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recogni...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Attorney general nominee defends Obama’s protection of immigrants from deportation
    Washington • Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to shelter mill...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Pet Sematary is real’: Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave 5 days later
    Tampa, Fla. • Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Ta...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Candles burn in front of participants at a vigil near the scene of the early morning fatal shooting of a young woman who hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Friend disputes Denver police account of teen’s shooting death
    Denver • A teenage passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities’ account of her de...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch arrives for a meeting with fellow New Yorker, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get under way as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. If approved, Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) DEA chief: U.S. abandoned plan to track license plates of vehicles at gun shows
    Washingon • The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates ne...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns is lead from the courthouse to a waiting sheriff's cruiser after his arraignment in McRae, Ga., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.  Towns has been charged with murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion, according to Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson. The bodies of 69-year-old Elrey Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South; suspect’s family stunned
    McRae, Ga. • Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverishe...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo) Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
    Amman, Jordan • Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Defendant Brandon Vandenburg listens as his attorney Fletcher Long argues for acquittal during the his trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.  Tenn.   Former Vanderbilt football players Vandenburg and Cory Batey are standing trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Larry McCormack)  NO SALES Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman
    Nashville, Tenn. • A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for abo...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 04:27 pm   |     |   Share