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Low inflation likely to keep Fed ‘patient’ on a rate hike

The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother’s death

Melissa Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit Monday against doctors and the clinic where her mother, Joan Rivers, had a routine medical procedure, stopped breathing and later died.

Sundance doc 'Hot Girls Wanted' exposes amateur porn

“Teen” is the most searched term in online pornography, and thousands of young people enter the amateur porn industry every day, lured by promises of quick money and hopes for fame.

Sundance documentary pulls back curtain on Scientology

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house — not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.

Miss Colombia crowned 2015 Miss Universe

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami.

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SAG win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner “Boyhood.”

Thieves have change of heart, return stolen Boy Scouts gear

A guilty conscience and news coverage apparently led some thieves to return a cargo trailer and camping gear that was stolen from a Montana Boy Scout troop earlier this month.

Japan working to gain release of IS hostage, analyzing video

Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.

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Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

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Northeast fears storm of ‘historic’ proportions

A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

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Ukraine: Calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Ukraine’s president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.

Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of “new trust” in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.

Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected

President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.

Added protectons for consumer information on health website

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government’s health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Government policy change aims to help first-time homebuyers

Uncle Sam wants to make it more affordable for Americans to buy their first home.

Experts say prices, demand for beef to remain high

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation’s cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.

Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks.

Southern Baptist leaders call for integrated churches

Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial justice in society. But that could be a hard sell to those sitting in Southern Baptist Convention congregations.

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials.

Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges

To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.