Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

(AP) — The stock market is sagging at the close as investors weigh a slowdown in the U.S. economy and corporate earnings.

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16 

(AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

Ohio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win

(AP) — Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes' victory in the NCAA's championship football game.

US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004

(AP) — U.S. consumers are more confident than they've been since January 2004.

US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year

(AP) — Wages and benefits rose at a slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.

US economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up

(AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.

FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator

(AP) — A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge.

McDonald's new CEO faces onslaught of competition 

(AP) — McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

Stock market rises after good news on earnings, job market

(AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing sharply higher after investors received encouraging news on corporate earnings and the jobs market.

US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China 

(AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.