US ratepayers will pay 3 percent more for electricity this year – the biggest increase since 2008, according to US government projections. The higher prices come after a harsh winter that strained the Northeast's grid and boosted natural gas demand.
Soccer has become the latest target for Venezuela's beleaguered political opposition as it tries to use the World Cup craze to keep pressure on embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
A key political ally of Venezuela's embattled leader expressed sharp – and rare – criticism of the use of force to quell protests.
Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in December, largely due to an unexpected jump in gas prices and other energy costs. Gas prices could rise again in late January and put more upward pressure on the consumer price index.