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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is definitively ruling out a bid for president this year, telling the GOP, "Count me out." In a statement at the Republican National Committee, Ryan said if the party can't choose a nominee on the first ballot this summer, the eventual choice should only be a candidate who participated in the primaries. Ryan has faced persistent speculation that he could emerge as the GOP nominee from a contested Republican convention.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fallout over a new North Carolina state law on gay rights is widening -- and the state's governor may be taking notice. Pat McCrory says he wants to change the part of the law that keeps people from suing over discrimination in state court. But he wants to keep the part of the law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. Advocacy groups that have been fighting the state law say McCrory isn't going far enough. His announcement came hours after Deutsche (DOYT'-shuh) Bank announced that it's abandoning plans to add 250 jobs in the state because of the law.

NEW YORK (AP) — Climbing energy prices have given oil and gas companies a boost on Wall Street -- and that's helped stocks close higher. The Dow rose 164 points. The S&P gained 19 and the Nasdaq added 38 points. The price of U.S. crude oil rose 4.5 percent today.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court tomorrow -- where he'll be facing the prospect of more jail time. Ethan Couch will appear before a Fort Worth judge who could order more time as part of the conditions of his adult probation. Couch, who turned 19 yesterday, was given 10 years' probation for a June 2013 wreck that killed four people and left two severely injured. He and his mother fled to Mexico in December after a video surfaced online appearing to show Couch at a party where alcohol was being served.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New England bakery chain is charging female customers 79 cents on the dollar to illustrate the pay gap between men and women. The Works Bakery Cafe is offering the discount today to women in its New Hampshire shops in honor of Equal Pay Day. Men are charged full price. Equal Pay Day is a national symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man.

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