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U.S. officials say Iran can play helpful role on Syria

Iran could improve its chances of playing a role on the sidelines of Syria peace talks this month by working with Damascus to stop the bombardment of civilians and improve humanitarian access, U.S. officials said on Monday. "There are ... steps that Iran could take to show the international community that they are serious about playing a positive role," one of the officials said in Brussels. It includes calling for and encouraging humanitarian access." Another official made clear that the comment on bombardment referred to Syria's biggest city, Aleppo. However, one U.S. official said Washington still believed it was "less likely than likely" that Iran would play any role at the January 22 peace conference on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, even on the sidelines.

New Boston mayor promises to focus on crime, schools

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's first new mayor in 20 years, former state representative Martin Walsh, vowed on Monday to focus on cutting the city's violent-crime rates and improving its school system. The former teacher addressed the challenges of two big appointments that he will make after being sworn in as Boston's 54th mayor - the city's next police commissioner and school superintendent. "No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a daughter or son from coming home," said Walsh, who succeeds Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston's long history. "We must find a way to provide our families and our communities with the help they need when they need it." Boston's last police commissioner, Ed Davis, who rose to national prominence for his calm leadership following the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, stepped aside last year to make room for Menino's successor to pick a new leader.

Senator Ron Johnson to sue over healthcare subsidy for Congress

Republican Senator Ron Johnson planned to file a lawsuit on Monday challenging "special treatment" for members of the U.S. Congress in the application of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Johnson, of Wisconsin, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority by arranging federal subsidies for members of Congress and their staff under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. "In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans' throats in 2010." Unlike millions of Americans, he wrote, lawmakers and their staffs can receive employer contributions to help pay for their health insurance.

Liz Cheney quitting bid to unseat Wyoming's Enzi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Monday she is abandoning her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

AP source: Liz Cheney to quit Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is quitting the Wyoming's Republican Senate primary, abandoning her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi, according to a Republican congressional official.

Tea Party Democrats?

The rise of Bill de Blasio and Elizabeth Warren shows the progressive wing is powerful and angry. How soon until their fans pick primary fights with the old guard?

Hillary’s Hair & Christie’s Weight

Clinton caused a stir when she stepped out with bangs last week, but there’s more than sexism at work when people judge a politician’s looks.

The DIY Plastic Surgery Fad

New devices catching on primarily among teens in Asia claim to slim noses, give instant facelifts, and improve smiles. But are these products crazy fads or just plain dangerous?

Henry Ford’s Genius Wage Hike

A century ago, the Ford Motor founder shocked the world of business by doubling wages to $5 a day. No altruist, he was playing a long game—one today’s short-sighted CEOs can’t fathom.

Global Warming Is Freezing You

Lethal temperatures in Minnesota. A frost warning for the Everglades. The North Pole is moving south thanks to climate change.

The War on Poverty Worked

On the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s initiative, Marco Rubio says it failed. After all, poverty still exists. But the policies did succeed—Democrats are just afraid to say so.

A Bar Divided

One bar in the former Yugoslavia has the distinct honor of straddling a disputed border. Enjoy a beer in two different countries…just don’t let the guards catch you crossing the line.

RIP, 747: Two Engines Are Enough

A new deal sets the stage for the rise of the Boeing 777…and spells the end of four-engined planes flying overseas. But that’s quite all right.

The Audacity of Nope

Less than a week into the new year, Rand Paul has marked out territory as the guy in his party suing Obama, and it’s over domestic surveillance—a potential campaign cornerstone.

Lost Film of America’s Great Flood

Bill Morrison’s documentary chronicles the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 by stitching together lost footage of the historic disaster into an elegiac visual poem.

Corruption trial of Trenton, N.J., mayor starts Monday

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 47, who is still in office, and his brother, Ralphiel Mack, have denied charges related to a 2010 bribery scheme in which $119,000 was offered in exchange for Mayor Mack's help in the development of an automated parking garage on city-owned land. About $54,000 was actually paid, the indictment said, with the rest to be paid later. It was not immediately known if the trial will include testimony from a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty in the scheme - restaurant owner Joseph Giorgianni, also known as "The Fat Man" and JoJo, the name of his steak house, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton. Mayor Mack has maintained his innocence and his lawyer has said he has no plans to step down despite a call to do so by Governor Chris Christie.

Reports: Liz Cheney to quit Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi.

Growing number of seniors caring for other seniors

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings. When the aide arrives, though, he doesn't look so different from the client himself — bald and bespectacled.