11:10am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:22 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Announces QE3:

The Federal Reserve announced it would spend $40 billion a month on bond purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

The Wall Street Journal says that unlike the first two rounds of Quantitative Easing, this time the Fed will focus solely on buying mortgage-backed securities.

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10:23am

Thu September 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:24 am

Nurse Fatima Guillen (left) gives 4-year-old Kimberly Magdeleno a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.

But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?

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9:24am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Director Of Anti-Islam Film Still A Mystery

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:19 pm

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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8:50am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Salt

Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:46 pm

Under New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban, soda sizes at the movies and elsewhere would have to shrink, and so would the fun, some people say.
iStockphoto.com

UPDATE: 11:37 a.m. As expected, the New York Board of Health passed a rule banning sugary drinks like soda in sizes 16 oz. or larger at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries in an effort to combat obesity today. The ban is expected to take effect in March, but according to the Wall Street Journal, opponents are already considering a legal challenge to prevent that. It passed 8-0.

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7:22am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy In Yemen As Clashes Spread Over Anti-Islam Film

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 6:03 am

A mob in Yemen attacks the U.S. Embassy during a protest against a film they say insults the Prophet Muhammad, in the capital, Sanaa, on Thursday.
Yahya Arhab EPA/Landov

Update 8:21 ET. Two Slain Americans Identified:

Two of the security personnel who were killed Tuesday along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith have been identified. They are Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both security personnel who died helping protect their colleagues. Both men were former Navy SEALs, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here's more from the statement:

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6:31am

Thu September 13, 2012
Planet Money

The Fed's Other Big Power

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 1:06 pm

Give us a sign.
Alex Brandon AP

We think of the power of the Federal Reserve as the power of money. After all, the Fed is the one institution that can create U.S. dollars out of thin air.

But recently, Ben Bernanke has argued that the Fed has another, critical power: the power of words. And when you're the chairman of the Fed, a few words can go a long way.

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2:36am

Thu September 13, 2012
It's All Politics

In The Ohio River Valley, Voters Aren't Sure Either Candidate Can Help

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:17 pm

Towns near the Ohio River, including Steubenville, seen here in 2009, are home to many undecided voters. One of them, Brian Snider, says, "This is pretty much a ghost town."
Rick Gershon Getty Images

Most of the election-year attention Ohio gets is focused on the heavily Democratic areas in the northeast around Cleveland, or in GOP strongholds in rural areas and in the south around Cincinnati.

But it's also worth keeping a close eye on the state's less-traveled southeastern border with Pennsylvania and West Virginia — the Ohio River Valley. It's a place where there is a lot of doubt about how much either candidate can help.

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2:35am

Thu September 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:05 pm

New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a means to curb poverty. But others say it's not so simple.
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Newly released census figures show a long-standing and glaring contrast: A third of families headed by single mothers are in poverty, and they are four times more likely than married-couple families to be poor. The disparity is on the rise, and as the number of single mothers grows, analysts are debating if more marriages could mean less poverty.

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1:03am

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

Fed Stimulus Expected, But Remedy May Not Be Right

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 8:02 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in June.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting in Washington, trying to decide whether — and exactly how — to boost the sluggish economy. Many analysts are expecting the Fed to take action, but they're also beginning to question whether another stimulus program will have any effect.

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5:39pm

Wed September 12, 2012
U.S.

When Telemarketers Pocket Money Meant For Charity

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:55 pm

Telemarketers at work at an InfoCision call center. The for-profit company solicits millions in charitable donations each year and also provides marketing services to for-profit clients.
Courtesy of InfoCision

Americans donate billions of dollars to charity each year, and a portion of that money is raised by telemarketing solicitations.

Some of those charitable contributions are solicited by InfoCision Management Corp., an Ohio-based telemarketing company that, on its website, claims to raise more money for nonprofit organizations over the phone than any other company n the world.

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