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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Friday shortly after the judge overseeing the case dismissed a juror for personal reasons.
The US economy slowed in the final quarter of 2014, with a sharp gain in consumer spending driving growth, but the outlook for the first quarter is even dimmer. As the Federal Reserve mulls raising near-zero interest rates this year, the Commerce Department's third estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth Friday was left unrevised at an annual rate of 2.2 percent following the third quarter's blistering 5.0 percent pace. Growth in consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of output in the world's largest economy, was revised upward to 4.4 percent, the strongest gain in nearly nine years, from 4.2 percent. The personal consumption expenditures price index, the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation measure, fell at an annual rate of 0.4 percent after a 1.2 percent rise in third quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Great Triumvirate of the 19th century Senate, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, peer from portraits down the hall outside the 21st century Senate, silent witnesses all.