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Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Federal regulators are accusing Sprint Corp. of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars in charges for text message alerts and other services that they didn't order.

Yellen sees rates staying near zero in early 2015

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expects the Fed to hold a key interest rate near zero for the next three months -- if not longer.

Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat

The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.

US Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015

The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 2015.

Obama offers support after Pakistan terror attack

President Barack Obama is offering the U.S.'s continued support to Pakistan in its fight against extremism after a terrorist attack that killed scores of schoolchildren.

Text of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations

Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:

Democrat Lauren McFerran sworn in as new labor board member

Democrat Lauren McFerran is the newest member of the five-member National Labor Relations Board.

Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet

He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.

Obama: time to boost travel, commerce with Cuba

President Barack Obama says his changes to U.S. policy with Cuba will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and to use their credit and debit cards in the country.

Obama: Spy released by Cuba provided key info

President Barack Obama says the U.S. spy Cuba is releasing is one of the most important intelligence agents the U.S. has ever had in Cuba.

US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs

The head of the nation's global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announcement by the U.S. government that it would start talks toward restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

The U.S. and Cuba soon will begin talks to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba that President Barack Obama was to announce Wednesday afternoon:

Fed pondering change in rate hike signals

The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact.

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