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Fed Continues To Ease Up On Economic Stimulus 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:38:51 -0400 
    The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:54:00 -0400 
    One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:49:17 -0400 
    Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:08:21 -0400 
    One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:03:14 -0400 
    Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.

NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:53 -0400 
    The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment? 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:56:37 -0400 
    Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.

Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.

U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400 
    A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400 
    A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400 
    Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.

As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400 
    In the past 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.

New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400 
    A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.
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