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Colombia leader says peace talks to start with rebel group

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:25pm

Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:25pm

Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service.

How to improve your sex drive without breaking the bank

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:22pm

For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty.

Puerto Rico control board considers extending moratorium

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

The federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances says it is inclined to extend both a debt moratorium and a deadline for the U.S. territory's government to submit a revised fiscal plan.

Yellen: Expect Fed to gradually hike rates over next 3 years

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to raise its benchmark interest rate several times a year through 2019, as it moves closer toward to its economic goals of maximum employment and stable inflation.

Labor Department sues JPMorgan over sexual discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

The Department of Labor is suing JPMorgan Chase & Co. for discriminating against female workers.

Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics.

Exiting rail safety chief looks to technology to save lives

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:14pm

Sarah Feinberg was on the job as the nation's chief railroad regulator for just three weeks when a packed commuter train slammed into an SUV stopped on tracks north of New York City, killing six people.

Owner of counterfeit lenses firm gets prison in federal case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

A 30-year-old man who admitted illegally importing and selling counterfeit contact lenses across the U.S. without a prescription has been sentenced in Las Vegas to nearly four years in federal prison.

US stock indexes stay stuck; bond yields and dollar rise

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:52pm

The stock market hasn't been this boring in years.

2 federal agencies approve new phosphate mine in Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho.

Ohio State, fired marching band director settle lawsuits

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

A fired Ohio State University marching band director has dropped all his legal claims against the university in exchange for it agreeing not to try to recover its costs from him.

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:50pm

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:41pm

Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

The Latest: Federal study on pipeline to move forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40pm

The Latest on disputes over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota (all times local):

House bill would remove fee for gasoline hybrids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:31pm

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would exclude gasoline hybrid owners from paying an additional $75 registration fee.

Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30pm

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's.

The Latest: George W. Bush to be in DC despite dad's health

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30pm

The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 9-15

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 9-15. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Florida city settles with 2 men injured in Zombicon shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:20pm

The city of Fort Myers, Florida, has settled lawsuits with two people who were wounded during a shooting at a Zombicon festival.