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Federal Reserve Votes To End Quantitative Easing

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Federal Reserve policymakers voted Wednesday to end a giant bond-buying stimulus program that's been in place in one form or another for the last six years.

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At Ben Bradlee's Funeral, Mourners Mark More Than His Life

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

At Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral on Wednesday, friends, family and former colleagues paid tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee, the late executive editor of The Washington Post.

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Most Cavs Fans Willing To Forgive LeBron On His Return To Cleveland

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

LeBron James is back and Cleveland is getting psyched. Local basketball fans seem to be willing to forgive James for leaving town in search of NBA glory in Miami. As Thursday's season opener approaches, bar and restaurant owners are anticipating record business, sports talk radio is buzzing with hope, and a massive mural of James in a Cavaliers uniform is going up on the side of a downtown building. This year marks a half century since the Cleveland Browns won the city's last sports championship and Clevelanders are looking to quench the thirst of a long dry spell.

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Rocket Explosion Comes At A Tough Time For NASA

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Investigators spent the day at a NASA launch facility in Virginia trying to understand why a private cargo rocket exploded moments after liftoff. There were no injuries but the accident is a setback for the company, Orbital Sciences, and NASA. NASA is relying on private contractors to help ferry supplies to the International Space Station. The accident also changed the discussions happening at an annual space convention being held this week in Huntsville, Ala.

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To Get Your Hands On A Seabird You Have To Go 'Grubbing'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

In a new installment of the Trade Lingo series, Juliet Lamb explains what it means when a seabird biologist goes "grubbing."

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Ebola Nurse Fights Second Quarantine In Maine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

The debate over how to monitor people returning from areas stricken by Ebola in West Africa heated up on Wednesday, with a nurse in Maine threatening to violate her state's quarantine policy.

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Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's 'Independent Sheen' Has Faded

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

With less than a week to go before Election Day, the governor's race in Colorado remains tight between Democrat incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez. Melissa Block talks to Denver Post political reporter John Frank about the race.

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Stagnant Wages Could Drive Voters At The Polls Next Week

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Voters say the economy is uppermost on their minds this election season. But are the candidates speaking to Americans' pocketbook concerns?

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Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Employers complain about not having enough skilled workers to fill needed positions. It's the so-called skills gap that has become a buzzword in business and policymaking worlds. But is the skills gap a myth, reality or somewhere in between?

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Can Scientific Belief Go Too Far?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:10pm

Can scientists have too much faith, insisting that an idea is right despite contrary evidence? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says yes, which could pay off in the end — or be a colossal waste of time.

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Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes in Causing Autism

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:35pm

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.

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The New Basement Tapes, 'When I Get My Hands On You'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:27pm

With Marcus Mumford singing lead, a supergroup breathes new life into an old Bob Dylan lyric.

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Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:32pm

NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.

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Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:01pm

The Fed has been buying up bonds by the trillions since the financial crisis started in 2008. Today, it affirmed that it was going ahead with plans to end its third round of stimulus.

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A Disappearing Tradition Gets A Big Boost

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:55pm

The origins of the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware go back to the days of slavery.

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A Blessing Of Stuffed Animals

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:50pm

The Congregational Church of Patchogue in Long Island, N.Y. held a blessing for stuffed animals to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

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NPR Music Launches New Home Page

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:50pm

We have a new home page this morning, and the experience brings you closer to the beating heart of the music than ever before.

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Fusion Marks One Year In News

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:40pm

The TV network, born from the marriage of Univision and ABC, caters to millennials -- particularly Latino millennials.

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For Midterm Campaigns, There's A Small Number Of 'Incredibly Rich Donors'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Campaign finance rules allow some groups to not disclose their donors. The New York Times' Nick Confessore says there could be "influence peddling ... because we can't see the money changing hands."

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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozie.

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