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Craig Christy is set for a plea change hearing Friday. His wife, Karen Christy, says her son indicated that he also intends to plead guilty without a deal with prosecutors.

The Christys were arrested in Pennsylvania in August. Prosecutors say the men were upset about state restraining orders issued on behalf of the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate.

The restraining orders were issued after Mrs. Palin left office.


No decision made on Yemeni leader’s visa

The White House says it is still considering a visa request for Yemen’s outgoing autocratic president.

Spokesman Jay Carney said the request is being considered for the sole purpose of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s travel to the U.S. for medical treatment. Mr. Carney said he has no timeline for when a decision will be made.

Mr. Saleh’s aides said over the weekend that he had reversed his plans to leave Yemen and would be staying in the country. However, a senior administration official said Tuesday that the U.S. had not heard from Mr. Saleh about any changes to his request to come to the U.S.

The official requested anonymity, citing no authorization to speak publicly.


Regular forecasts planned for interest-rate changes

In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start updating the public four times a year on how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows, according to minutes from its December policy meeting.

The first forecast will be included in the central bank’s economic projections after its Jan. 24-25 meeting, the minutes said.

The change is the Fed’s latest move to make its communication more open and explicit. It could help assure investors, companies and consumers that rates won’t rise before a specific time. This might help lower long-term yields further — in effect providing a kind of stimulus.

The Fed has left its key short-term rate near zero for the past three years. In August, it said it plans to maintain that rate until at least mid-2013, unless the economy improves.

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