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2:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus

Earlier this month, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Congress that the economy is improving but hasn't bounced back all the way.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:29 pm

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will ease up slightly on its efforts to stimulate the economy.

Fed officials said that there is still room for improvement in the labor market, but with the economy growing, they expressed concern that inflation might start ticking up.

Continuing its own recent trend, the Fed announced it will be buying up fewer financial assets. It's on track to end its bond-buying program in October.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç stirred some controversy on Monday, when during an Eid el-Fitr speech, he said chaste women should not laugh in public.

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Shots - Health News
1:54 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

How much is too much?
Robert S. Donovan/Flickr

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:58 pm

To ward off big memory problems in your 70s and beyond you may want to cork the bottle more often now.

In a study of 6,500 people published this week, adults with a midlife history of drinking problems were more than twice as likely as those without alcohol problems to suffer severe memory impairment decades later.

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Goats and Soda
1:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

Before the Ebola outbreak, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan focused on helping patients with other types of hemorrhagic fevers.
Umaru Fofana Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:16 pm

For the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had been one of the top doctors battling the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Khan had treated over a 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and was hailed by the government as a "national hero."

Then last week Khan caught the virus himself. He died Tuesday, Reuters reports, while receiving treatment at a clinic in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

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All Tech Considered
1:12 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Foursquare is about to unveil its new Yelp-like app, which meant moving the users who liked it for checking in to a new app, Swarm.
Courtesy of Foursquare

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:33 pm

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

Demonstrations back in February resulted in violent clashes between protesters and government forces.
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

The State Department on Wednesday announced it was revoking visas for a number of Venezuelan government officials the U.S. says have violated the human rights of the Venezuelan people.

"We have seen repeated efforts to repress legitimate expression of dissent through judicial intimidation, to limit freedom of the press, and to silence members of the political opposition," Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Desk Desk Evolution

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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:42 pm

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks

Video shows a woman trying to outrun a train.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 11:53 am

The video is harrowing. It shows two women narrowly escaping death after a train is unable to come to a stop before running over them.

The Indiana Rail Road, which released the video to show the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks, describes the scene like this:

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 11:51 am

The Commerce Department had some good news about the U.S. economy today: Rebounding from a quarter of negative growth, the country's gross domestic product expanded at a 4 percent annual rate during the second quarter.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Gaza Conflict: Shell Strikes U.N. School, Killing Up To 19 Who Sought Shelter

A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment Wednesday at a hospital in Beit Lahiya for her injuries caused by a strike at a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:17 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:04 p.m. ET.)

As many as 19 people were killed when a shell struck a United Nations-run school this morning in Gaza.

In a message on Twitter, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, which is responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees, blamed the attack on the Israeli military.

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