WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United States or stay here and who gave "limited" support to terrorists or terrorist groups. By Alicia A. Caldwell.
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has cancelled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the U.S. State Department said Monday. By Hyung-Jin Kim.
TRENTON, New Jersey -- Gov. Chris Christie came off a decisive re-election victory in November, but high-profile investigations into his administration and campaign operation in a political payback case could make advancing his agenda a challenge.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- When Argentina fell into the economic abyss a decade ago after defaulting on its sovereign debt, Brazil suffered right along with it, nearly following its neighbor into insolvency. Argentina's economy is again facing a currency plunge and inflation spike, but this time its ability to inflict economic damage on Brazil has greatly diminished. By Bradley Brooks.
BUSINESS and FINANCE:
WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen on Tuesday will offer her first public comments since succeeding Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chair this month. The occasion is the Fed chair's twice-a-year testimony to Congress on interest-rate policy and the economy. Anticipation is high given concerns about the economy and the job market, turmoil in financial markets and uncertainty about Yellen's direction at the Fed. We spotlight key topics Yellen will be pressed on. For each topic: What investors would like Yellen to say, and what she's most likely to say. By Martin Crutsinger.
BIGGEST US GIVERS
SEATTLE -- Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December. By Donna Gordon Blankinship.
LIFESTYLES and ENTERTAINMENT:
NY FASHION WEEK-WATCH
NEW YORK -- New York Fashion Week ends its fourth day with a celebration of Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dress, an appearance by Victoria Beckham's family, and Chelsea Clinton popping up at the show for Edun, the Africa-focused line founded by rocker Bono and his wife.
UNDATED -- University of Missouri All-American football player Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. By Ralph D. Russo.