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In this Sept. 4, 2014 photo, a leather-and-metal 2010 Chanel shoe is placed alongside a silver candle from 1897 at an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" highlights heels from the 1600s to the present and is open from Sept. 10 through Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

Brooklyn Shows Its ‘Killer Heels’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Manhattan may have hosted Fashion Week, but Brooklyn’s got “Killer Heels.” A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary — and lethal — 8-inch dagger stiletto. “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” runs through Feb. 15, after …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks used worldwide. If you are shopping for status, you might want to shop higher up …

Iranians Doubtful On Nuclear Talks

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tehran, Iran — As a Monday deadline looms for Iran and global powers to craft a nuclear accord, the official media here already are priming weary citizens for the possibility that no agreement will be forthcoming. Commentators leave little doubt who will be responsible. “America should be blamed …

China, Europe See Growth Amid Global Slowdown

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beijing — China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. The president of the European Central Bank said Friday he …

Obama Begins Pitch On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014

Las Vegas (ap) — President Obama said he took steps on his own to fix the immigration system because it’s been “broken” for a long time and “everybody knows it.” Obama said that, after a year and a half of waiting, it was time to do something about …

Marine With Bionic Braces Gets Bronze Star

Friday, November 21, 2014

San Diego — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded …

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. “You …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several …

Pope Demands Just Distribution of Bounty

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rome — Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject …

Student Punished for Preaching Sues District

Friday, November 21, 2014

Seattle — A proselytizing student at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash., has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Everett Public Schools, alleging administrators impinged on his First Amendment rights by suspending him for repeatedly handing out Christian tracts and preaching to other students on campus and during …

About to Turn 3, ‘Lilyhammer’ Might Just Be the Future of TV

Friday, November 21, 2014

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt is not one of the first people I ever thought of in connection with the future of TV. But with the third season of his Netflix series, Lilyhammer, about to drop today, I am here to tell you he has become …

Mayor Bans Arab Workers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jerusalem — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in …