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NEW YORK (AP) — Despite the scandals that have plagued the NFL, last night's Super Bowl may have set a record for viewership. The Nielsen company says the preliminary overnight ratings were the highest-ever for the game -- up four percent from last year in the nation's largest media markets. Fans were treated to a thriller -- with New England's win over Seattle not sealed until an interception on the goal line with seconds remaining.

BOSTON (AP) — The new snowstorm pounding Massachusetts has meant delays in a couple of high-profile trials. Jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been postponed. So has the trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez on a murder charge.

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says parents should have some choice when it comes to vaccinating their children. Christie today disagreed with President Barack Obama, who is urging all parents to vaccinate their kids. The comments come in the wake of a measles outbreak in California. The Republican governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said that he and his wife vaccinated their kids. But, he said, parents need to have some measure of choice as well.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have been moving between small gains and losses in early trading. Energy companies are doing well -- including Exxon Mobil, which posted earnings ahead of what investors were expecting. The government reported this morning that consumer spending edged lower in December as vehicle sales slowed and more Americans chose to save rather than spend.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors in South Korea are recommending three years in jail for the former Korean Air executive who threw a tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts. The former executive is the daughter of the chairman of the airline. She's accused of endangering flight safety by ordering the chief flight attendant to leave the plane -- forcing it to return to the gate at Kennedy Airport in New York. She was angry over being offered nuts in a bag, instead of on a dish.

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