Commodities tumble on strengthening dollar

Gold prices tumbled Friday — the final day of a volatile month that saw commodities prices battered by a strengthening dollar.

Country singer Mindy McCready released from jail

Mindy McCready has been released from jail after serving about 30 days for violating probation on a 2004 drug charge. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department says the country singer was released Friday morning. She only had to serve about half of her 60-day sentence because of credits she received for good behavior and doing janitorial work in the jail.

Packers sign QB Rodgers through 2014 (AP)

The Green Bay Packers made a long-term commitment to quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Friday, signing the first-year starter to a contract extension through 2014. The team announced the deal after practice Friday afternoon, when Rodgers signed the paperwork. Terms were not disclosed. “It means a lot,” Rodgers said.