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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's flirtation with a new presidential campaign has lasted just three weeks. Romney today told supporters he's not going to run again next year. He'd found in recent weeks that several of his former major donors had decided to support Jeb Bush. And in a conference call with supporters today, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush -- saying it's time for fresh leadership within the GOP.

NEW YORK (AP) — The first month of the year has been a rough one for the stock market. The S&P Is down three percent for the month -- its worst monthly performance in a year. That includes a drop of 26 points today. The Dow lost 252 points in today's session, while the Nasdaq slipped 48 points. The government reported this morning that the economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the last quarter of 2014.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — His lawyer is offering Suge (shug) Knight's account of yesterday's events near Los Angeles. He says the rap music mogul was called to a fast-food restaurant for a meeting and was then attacked by four people who beat him through his truck window and threatened to kill him. He says the incident ended with Knight accidentally running two men over, killing one. Knight has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $2 million bail.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An American and a Russian have now traveled longer and farther in a gas balloon than anyone in history. The two pilots today surpassed the distance and duration records that have held since the 1970s and 1980s. And they're aiming for a safe landing somewhere on a beach in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. They've have traveled more than 6,800 miles.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The 18 New England residents who are on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch their home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl. But the judge in the case is telling them they must leave the room if the defendant's name is mentioned. She gave that instruction at the end of the second day of testimony today.

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