SENATE MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-NV) ANNOUNCES HE WON'T SEEK RE-ELECTION TO A SIXTH TERM *

REID, 75, SAYS HE WANTS TO FOCUS ON BRINGING DEMOCRATS BACK TO POWER IN SENATE RATHER THAN HIS OWN RE-ELECTION *

REID SAYS A NEW YEAR'S DAY EXERCISE INJURY GAVE HIM TIME TO PONDER HIS POLITICAL FUTURE *

REID WAS FIRST ELECTED TO SENATE IN 1986 AND HAS LED ITS DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS SINCE 2005 *

HIS DECISION WILL SET OFF A FIGHT FOR HIS SENATE SEAT AND A SCRAMBLE FOR SENATE'S DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP *

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES FIVE-YR PLAN TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT GERMS *

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA CAUSE 23,000 DEATHS AND TWO MIL ILLNESSES A YEAR IN THE U.S. *

63-PAGE PLAN UNVEILED TODAY AIMS TO PREVENT AND CONTAIN OUTBREAKS AT HOME AND ABROAD, MAINTAIN ABILITY OF ANTIBIOTICS TO FIGHT ILLNESSES, AND DEVELOP NEW TREATMENTS *

NIGERIAN MILITARY CLAIMS TO RETAKE TOWN BELIEVED TO BE HQ OF ISLAMIC TERRORIST GROUP BOKO HARAM *

CLAIM DID NOT MENTION NEARBY FOREST WHERE BOKO HARAM IS SAID TO HAVE SEVERAL CAMPS, AND WHERE IT FIRST TOOK NEARLY 300 SCHOOLGIRLS IT ABDUCTED ALMOST A YEAR AGO *

CLAIM COULDN'T BE VERIFIED, COMING A DAY BEFORE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS *

CRITICS OF PRES GOODLUCK JONATHAN CALL RECENT OFFENSIVE VS BOKO HARAM A POLITICAL PLOY TIMED WITH ELECTIONS *

U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH SLOWED IN Q4, EXPANDING AT 2.2% AFTER GROWING 5% THE PREVIOUS QUARTER *

ECONOMISTS EXPECT AN EVEN WEAKER SHOWING IN Q1 AS SEVERE WINTER TAKES ITS TOLL *

BUT STRONGER GROWTH IS EXPECTED FOR REST OF YEAR, THANKS TO RECOVERING JOB MARKET THAT SHOULD BOOST CONSUMER SPENDING *

SYRIAN PRES BASHAR ASSAD SAYS HE'S "OPEN" TO DIALOGUE WITH U.S. "BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT" *

ASSAD MADE REMARKS IN A "60 MINUTES" INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE ROSE *

COMMENTS COME AFTER U.S. SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT U.S. MUST EVENTUALLY TALK WITH SYRIAN GOVT TO HELP BROKER END TO COUNTRY'S CIVIL WAR *

OBAMA ADMIN LATER REITERATED THAT ASSAD HAS NO FUTURE ROLE IN SYRIA *

NYC AUTHORITIES SAY TWO PEOPLE STILL MISSING AFTER APPARENT GAS EXPLOSION IN MANHATTAN'S EAST VILLAGE ON THURS *

NINETEEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED, FOUR CRITICALLY, AFTER POWERFUL BLAST AND FIRE SENT FLAMES SOARING AND DEBRIS FLYING *

EXPLOSION CAUSED COLLAPSE OF THREE FIVE-STORY BUILDINGS AND DAMAGE TO A FOURTH, WHICH WAS SEVEN STORIES TALL *