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Stocks slip after weaker growth, end best month since 2011

The stock market is closing lower following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year.

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

(AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

(AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

(AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

 (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem.

US stock indexes drift mostly lower as oil prices sink

U.S. stock indexes are drifting mostly lower, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average slightly below its latest all-time high.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

(AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home 


(AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

(AP) — A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

(AP) — Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried under the rocky desert.