Two workers take a break at the Sanki Sliding Center, a venue for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama says Sochi Olympics are safe

President Barack Obama says he believes the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be safe and is not discouraging Americans from attending.

Venezuelan inflation rate tops 49 percent

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s Central Bank says prices have risen nearly 50 percent since last September as the country struggles to…