- Two Los Angeles police officers accused of leaking a photo of pop star Rihanna's bruised face after a fight with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown won't face charges, although they still may be fired, news reports said.
China's Space Race: 3 Astronauts, Including First Woman, Return To Earth After Shenzhou 9 Manned Historic DockingsThree Chinese astronauts, including the first woman, returned to Earth after their manned spaceship successfully docked to another craft in orbit. The Shenzhou 9 space capsule safely parachute landed about 10 a.m. Beijing time Friday in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, following a 13-day mission that marked a major stride in China's ambitious space program.
- Stocks edged higher on Friday, again driven by strong corporate earnings that partially offset a weaker-than-expected reading on economic growth, extending three days of gains.
- Bodies in Homs were discovered hours after Kofi Annan, special envoy to Syria and former U.N. secretary general, left the country Sunday without a deal to end the bloody year-old conflict.
- Gold is down more than 6 percent since late February, having dropped sharply from the year's highs after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke held off signaling a further round of U.S. monetary easing in a key speech.
- The U.S. and Israeli leaders will try to sort out their differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. With the U.S. presidential election just eight months away, Obama's Republican foes have been quick to paint him as tough on Israel and soft on Iran.
- Shadid, 43, was on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria when he died, according to an obituary posted on the Times web site. It said Shadid was carried across the border into Turkey by Times photographer Tyler Hicks.
- The Fed revised December's industrial output to show a solid 1.0 percent increase instead of the previously reported 0.4 percent gain, pointing to underlying strength in the economy. Economists polled by Reuters had expected industrial production to increase 0.7 percent last month .
- Bank of America reported a quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or 15 cents per share.
- Securities regulators sued former top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday, saying they misled investors over exposure to risky mortgages.
- The White House rejected on Friday the latest proposal from Republicans in Congress on a payroll tax cut, saying its costs needed to be offset in a balanced away and not with budget cuts exempting the rich.