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There is currently a shortage of eggs throughout Venezuela, with people waiting in line for at least an hour to buy them. The IMF said inflation would more than double in the economically struggling South American country in 2016. (Associated Press)

Crumbling economy in Venezuela puts Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime in peril

The late Hugo Chavez kept his “Bolivarian Revolution” alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela’s traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren’t buying the old formula anymore under Chavez’s handpicked successor.

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea says Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

- Associated Press

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch was a “dangerous declaration of war.”

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Online TV binge-watching, timely streaming on the line

- Associated Press

Streaming TV has gotten popular as several online services such as Netflix make past seasons of TV shows available for binge-watching, while Hulu offers episodes from the current season.

Sister Mary Valerie, center, hands out bags of popcorn at the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. San Francisco nuns who serve the homeless are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50 percent. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco nuns face eviction

- Associated Press

Sister Mary Benedicte wants to focus on feeding the hungry lined up outside a soup kitchen in a gritty part of San Francisco. But the city’s booming economy means even seedy neighborhoods are demanding higher rents, threatening to force out an order of nuns who serve the homeless.

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This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff shows Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation, and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland, the FBI said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Maricopa County Sheriff via AP)

A look at key players in Oregon wildlife refuge standoff

- Associated Press

The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a tense standoff that began more than a month ago. The armed group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 and demanded changes to federal land use policies.

Sheriff settles hostile work environment case

Associated Press

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton has reached a settlement with a chief deputy who filed a tort claim alleging the sheriff created a hostile work environment.

Environmentalists fight $7M Duke Energy pollution deal

Associated Press

Environmentalists are challenging in court a surprise deal in which North Carolina regulators settle decades of suspected groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits for $7 million.

A South Korean driver changes his vehicle number after returning from North Korea's joint Kaesong Industrial Complex at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of the factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea

- Associated Press

Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.