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  • Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.

  • Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    States and cities have been investing billions of pension money in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

  • As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Leaders of the three African nations hit hardest by the Ebola virus met to discuss ways to fight the outbreak. With the situation deteriorating, it's likely more of the region will be quarantined.

  • President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

  • As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    The nation's political campaigns are in full swing, and evangelical Christians play an increasingly large role. Some Brazilians worry that U.S.-style battles over social issues may be on the way.

  • August Comes To The Hill, But House GOP Hasn't Started Recess Quite Yet

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.

  • In Gaza, A Glimmer Of Hope For Cease-Fire Is Snuffed Out Early

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Fighting in Gaza took an ominous turn Friday, as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire fell apart within 90 minutes and the Israeli military announced its belief that one of its soldiers was captured by Hamas militants.

  • In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    According to new numbers, the U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace in July. Employers added 209,000 jobs to their payrolls, and while the report showed the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 6.2 percent, even that was a somewhat positive sign.

  • Fla. Judge Orders Lawmakers Back To Work On A New Congressional Map

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.

  • How U.S. Hospitals Keep Deadly Germs Like Ebola Virus Contained

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?

  • Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.

  • These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.

  • How Cultures Move Across Continents

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

  • Tropical Storm Bertha Takes Aim At The Caribbean

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm warning, while the Dominican Republic has issued a tropical storm watch. The forecast calls for Bertha to head northwest, but stay off the U.S. East Coast.

  • A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

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