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WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

KNOXVILLE — Ariel Massengale is thriving in an unfamiliar reserve role for No. 4 Tennessee.

Volkswagen AG is to plow about $107 billion into its business over the next five years to fuel expansion and develop new models and technology as it tries to top Toyota as the world’s sales leader.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country's largest American Indian reservation is going up.

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton's strongest supporters held a strategy session Friday to prepare for her 2016 presidential bid, even though she has yet to say whether she will run.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

KNOXVILLE — Ariel Massengale scored 20 points off the bench and made a career-high six 3-pointers Friday as No. 4 Tennessee breezed to an 81-48 victory over Winthrop.

Some highlights from Friday's 114-page report from the Connecticut Office of Child Advocate that looked into the history of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza:

BEIRUT — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted.

NEW YORK — A Fancy Vivid Blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon has sold for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond.

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl.

WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

NEW ORLEANS — A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate.

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in the slaying of his soldier girlfriend has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.

WASHINGTON — Announcing his executive actions, after all the delays and handwringing, might be the easy part.

MEXICO CITY — Tens of thousands marched in the capital Thursday demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day normally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution.

Volkswagen, whose Super Bowl spot "The Force" in 2011 for the Chattanooga-made Passat made huge waves, will sit out the game this year, according to Ad Age.

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining and the Oakland Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, paving the way for a general election next month.

LONDON — The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Richardson scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds Thursday as Tennessee defeated Texas Southern 70-58 in its first home game under new coach Donnie Tyndall.

NEW YORK — U.S. officials on Thursday acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Republican opposition to his executive actions on immigration should not be a "deal breaker" on other issues.

WASHINGTON — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiance and his son on the day he ended their engagement pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Tech University officials say a 16-year-old has been arrested after allegedly bringing a gun onto the campus.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Authorities say a woman is recovering after being hit and dragged by a box truck outside a metro Atlanta assisted living home.

TABERNACLE, N.J. — A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman believed to be their mother and the children's brother critically wounded, state police said Thursday.

MEMPHIS — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who worked on a plan to expand health care coverage in the U.S. years before the Affordable Care Act, visited with young patients Thursday at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families of patients suffering from pediatric cancer and other illnesses pay nothing for treatment, travel, housing and food.

NEW YORK — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Authorities don't know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University's library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him.

The White House is announcing that Travis McDonough, a Chattanooga attorney who presently serves as Mayor Andy Berke's chief of staff, has been nominated to become the new judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

WASHINGTON — Brushing aside Republican outrage, President Barack Obama is ordering far-reaching changes to the nation's immigration laws that will allow nearly 5 million people now here illegally to avoid deportation.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach.

ATLANTA — Leaders in Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

Unemployment in Tennessee fell by two tenths of a percentage point last month to 7.1 percent.

NASHVILLE — Police in Middle Tennessee are searching for a whiskey bandit who apparently has a hankering for Crown Royal.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may be elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association today during the organization's annual conference.

Dade Gas Co., which supplies natural gas to 2,200 customers in Dade County ,Ga., and a portion of Jackson County, Ala., has a new owner.

Soddy-Daisy — A portion of Montlake Road will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for the next two weeks for repairs, according to a news release from Mayor Jim Coppinger's office.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching the hospital.

MEMPHIS — Authorities say a Memphis police officer is being questioned in connection with a fatal shooting.

JERUSALEM — Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks.

NASHVILLE — With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren't used to the government oversight that comes with it.

MEMPHIS — Police say 23 people have been indicted and guns, cocaine and cash have been seized after detectives broke up a drug ring that operated in Memphis.

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