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Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — All American troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa will be placed in supervised isolation for 21 days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. He called it a "safety valve" sought by military members' families.

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Nurse says she plans to end voluntary quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday that she plans to stop quarantining herself in her home in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her movements and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine.

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Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.

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Sheriff: 2 shot at NC courthouse, gunman caught

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A gunman opened fire on two men in front of the courthouse in this small North Carolina town on Tuesday, sending panicked lunchtime shoppers ducking into shops along the normally quiet main drag.

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Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle the militants, activists and Kurdish officials said.

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Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13

 

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.

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World stocks gain as focus shifts to Fed meeting

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets swung higher Wednesday, buoyed by solid U.S. corporate earnings and as investors waited for signs from the Federal Reserve on U.S. monetary policy.

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