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  • Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — British actor Emma Watson says she is "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency. Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old Tuesday as she delivered a 4,000-signature...

  • Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Biden had been speaking to...

  • US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top government scientist says it's very unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air. In congressional hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, lawmakers asked Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about that possibility. He said a mutation that...

  • Ohio faces high prices for road salt this winter

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A harsh winter and low inventory have driven up prices for road salt so much that the Ohio Department of Transportation will use an Indiana supplier to meet the needs of the state and communities that had problems obtaining salt at affordable prices. The polar vortex that...

  • Comparing US Fed's views on interest rates, jobs

    A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting July 29-30: INTEREST RATE TIMING: Now: The Fed has made no change to its language: The Fed "continues to anticipate, based on its assessment of these factors, that it likely will be...

  • Severstal completes sale of 2 US plants

    COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Russian steel company Severstal has completed its sale of a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics. In a statement Tuesday, Severstal CEO Alexey Mordashov confirmed the sale of Severstal Columbus in northeast Mississippi to Steel Dynamics and Severstal...

  • Attacks kill at least 11 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide car bombing on a security post outside Baghdad and explosion on a crowded commercial street in the Iraqi capital killed at least 11 people Wednesday, officials said. The deadliest attack took place after sundown when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives...

  • Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly increased their estimate of what the Fed's benchmark interest rate should be at the end of 2015 compared with their estimate three months ago. The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record-low level near zero since 2008 to try to...

  • UN: Syrian militants kept weapons of Fijian troops

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Syrian militants did not return the weapons, uniforms and cars taken from 45 Fijian peacekeepers who were released last week after two weeks of captivity on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told...

  • Text of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace. On balance, labor market conditions improved somewhat...

  • Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

    James Brady, the White House press secretary gravely wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday, his family announced. Brady was 73.



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