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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 …

Young GOP Pro-Climate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Congressional Republicans want to make fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations and President Obama’s greenhouse gas reduction targets a centerpiece of their agenda over the next two years, now that they have wrested control of the Senate as well as the House. But how will …

Stephen Colbert Will Host Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Stephen Colbert has been named host of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, a gala celebration Dec. 7 that will spotlight singers Al Green and Sting, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and comedian Lily Tomlin, the arts center announced Wednesday. Best known as the host …

Israel Razes in Retaliation

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem — A thunderous explosion and the crunch of collapsing masonry early Wednesday heralded the revival of what had been a largely abandoned Israeli tactic: the demolition of family homes of Palestinians who stage attacks against Jews. Less …

Kissing Transfers Millions of Bacteria

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scientists have demonstrated that boys (well, men) really do have cooties (a simplified term for bacteria) that can spread to girls (OK, women) by kissing them. In fact, a 10-second “intimate kiss” can transfer a whopping 80,000,000 bacteria from one mouth to another, according to a new report …

Terrorism Fears Keep NSA Reform in Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to …

Acting Secret Service Director: Lapses ‘Devastating’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Joseph Clancy, who became acting director of the Secret Service last month following a string of security missteps, told lawmakers Wednesday that he found the multiple failures that allowed a fence jumper to race deep into the White House “devastating.” Clancy, the former head of President …

Low Oil Prices May Shake Up Firms, Nations

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — The rapid plunge in oil and gasoline prices means huge savings for American consumers, but the steep downward swing may ultimately prove dangerously disruptive to energy-producing countries and companies. If prices remain low for a protracted period, which seems likely, it’ll send shock waves across the …

Obama Expected to Act Today

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — In a broad test of his executive powers, President Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pre-Snowden, NSA Officials Objected, Tried to Curb Program in 2009 Washington — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence …

Cell Trackers to Include Altitude Data

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Cellphones long have doubled as tracking devices, capable of revealing your location to police, paramedics, even grocery stores looking to deliver coupons to nearby customers. But there’s a measurement cellphones once struggled to make: altitude. No more. Cellphone tracking is about to go vertical as the …