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  • Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Israel's army declared a humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday but said it did not apply to all areas. A market that Palestinians had thought was safe was hit, killing 17 and wounding dozens more.

  • Job Worries Linger But The Economy Is Looking Good

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.

  • Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.

  • Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

  • Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.

  • Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

  • A Market And A School Come Under Fire During A Violent Day In Gaza

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    An explosion rocked a crowded Gaza market during what was expected to be a lull in the fighting. Earlier in the day a United Nations school was hit by what U.N. officials say was Israeli artillery fire, killing at least 15 people. Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza continues to be fired into Israel.

  • Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution — For Now

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Federal Reserve policymakers are announcing that the Fed plans to leave short-term interest rates at a level near zero. This, despite an economy that grew at a surprisingly strong 4 percent annual rate in the most recent quarter.

  • As Wildfires Burns Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Wildfires are ravaging thousands of square miles on the West Coast, though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average. Still, responding to these fires has proven costly, and the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays for fighting them.

  • Senators Roll Out A Bill To Curb Sexual Assault On Campus

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on American college campuses. If passed, the bill would force colleges to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

  • For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • Violence On The Ground Hobbles MH17 Investigations

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Nearly two weeks since a Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over eastern Ukraine, fighting in the region continues to delay the start of an investigation. For more, Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Sonne, the Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

  • Big Banks Rally For Argentina At Debt Deadline

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Argentina's biggest banks are offering to buy some of the debt the country owes to bondholders, but it's not clear the move comes in time to avoid default.

  • Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    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.



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