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After downplaying the threat of inflation through most of last year, the Federal Reserve struck a more hawkish tone Wednesday as it signaled readiness to raise interest rates in March and take other aggressive actions to combat high prices endangering the nation's economic health. With inflation running at its highest level in four decades, Fed officials in recent days have been laying the ... Read more

The grandiosity of “The Gilded Age” wasn’t just about clothes and servants. To scale the show, the production team had to go big. Set in 1880s New York City, the team on the HBO series that premiered Monday were tasked with recreating a world that barely exists today. Heiress Caroline Astor’s home was demolished and made way for the Empire State Building. An office building sits in the plot ... Read more

Peter Dinklage has some thoughts about hypocrisy among Hollywood progressives. The “Game of Thrones” star was discussing wokeness in the context of comedy on Monday’s edition of the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast when the conversation turned to confused thinking in the entertainment industry. “There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on, I gotta say, from being somebody who’s a little bit unique,” ... Read more

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WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the Supreme Court’s 82-year-old liberal pragmatist, plans to retire this year, clearing the way for President Joe Biden to make his first appointment to the high court, two sources told The Associated Press Wednesday. Breyer, a 1994 appointee of President Bill Clinton, is the senior member of the three-justice liberal bloc, and his retirement is unlikely ... Read more

As New Year’s wishes fade into echoes on social media, declarations of Dry January take their place. People who routinely post photos of troph… Read more

The U.S. is reporting the most COVID-19 deaths in about 11 months, but cases and hospitalizations indicate that the nation may be turning a corner. The seven-day average of reported COVID-19 deaths reached 1,975 on Friday, the most since Feb. 25, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the winter peak of January 2021, the daily fatality average topped ... Read more

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives. The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the oldest ... Read more

President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy shouted a question the president found ridiculous. “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocey asked Monday at the end of a news conference. The president, seemingly not noticing he was still seated in front of a live microphone, looked off camera, ... Read more

WASHINGTON — With the crisis over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifying on Monday, U.S. officials placed thousands of troops on “high alert” and NATO took steps to position personnel and war machinery in Eastern Europe, further signs that a diplomatic solution to the standoff was nowhere within reach. Biden administration officials said a final decision had not been made about ... Read more

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser expressed optimism that the omicron surge that has pushed COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to records will soon peak, though that decline won’t be uniform throughout the U.S. “Things are looking good,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “We ... Read more

A couple walking on a North Carolina beach made a rare discovery that could help researchers solve mysteries from long ago. Rita and Tom McCabe were used to finding shells during their walks on West Onslow Beach in the 1970s — but then they started stumbling upon large bones. After years of keeping the remains in their garage, the couple gave them to the University of North Carolina, ... Read more

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