The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Bernanke: Pace Of Progress 'Likely To Be Frustratingly Slow'

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

In a press conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a mixed picture of the economy.

The bottom line, he said is that "the pace of progress is likely to be frustratingly slow."

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Shots - Health Blog
1:39 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store

Putting the shopping bags in the bike basket rather than in the car trunk could deliver big health benefits.
Hajime Ando Flickr

What would you say to a cheap, easy way to stay slim, one that would help avoid serious illness and early death? How about if it made your neighbors healthier, too? It could be as simple as biking to the store.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin were wondering if getting people out of their cars just a wee bit would create measurable improvements in health. health. So they gathered up data sets on obesity, health effects of pollution, and air pollution caused by automobiles in 11 Midwestern cities, and did a mashup.

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The Salt
1:25 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Should Farm Kids Be Allowed To Drive A Tractor? Some Say It's Too Dangerous

Drew Wilber, 14, works on his parents' 20-acre farm near Boone, Iowa, during his day off from school on Columbus Day.
Peggy Lowe for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:11 pm

For a lot of farm kids, "learning to drive" means learning to drive a tractor before ever driving a car.

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Crime Stoppers
1:17 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Local crime solving organization honored

MCALLEN - Lamar County Crime Stoppers have been honored for most cases cleared based on population and Best Radio Public Service Announcement.

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It's All Politics
12:56 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Herman Cain And The Race Card

Here we go again with the race-card business.

Questioning the motives of those seeking the truth about the sexual harassment allegations against him when he led the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain said he suspects critics on the political left of attacking him for racial reasons.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

In Kansas, Politics Over 'Obamacare' Strains Policy

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions in July about his policy regarding the new federal health care law. During his campaign for the governor's office last year, he said: "What we'll do in Kansas is we'll do what we're required to do, but we're gonna fight it all the way."
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 5:40 pm

A few months ago, Kansas seemed ahead of the game in preparing for an important requirement of the federal health law. The state had started to plan for exchanges — online marketplaces to help individuals and small businesses compare and buy health insurance.

But politics is intervening.

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Middle East
12:29 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Syria Accepts Arab League Plan To End Crisis

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim listen during a meeting to discuss the situation in Syria, in Cairo on Wednesday.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Syria accepted an Arab League proposal calling for it to withdraw armored vehicles from the streets and stop violence against protesters in a bid to end the country's seven-month-old political crisis that has led to the deaths of some 3,000 people.

The agreement was announced by Qatar's Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim, who urged Damascus to follow through with action on the ground. Syria has continued its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters despite international condemnation and previous promises of reform.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Syria Agrees To Withdraw Military From Cities; Free Prisoners

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (L) sits next to Qatari Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani during a ministerial meeting at the 22-nation organization's Cairo headquarters on the situation in Syria.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

The Arab League, which had sent a delegation to Syria to try and bring the seven-month conflict between protesters and the government to an end, announced that Syria had agreed to withdraw its military from residential areas and release political prisoners.

The AP reports:

The proposal calls on Syria to withdraw all tanks and armored vehicles from the streets, stop violence against protesters, release all political prisoners and begin a dialogue with the opposition within two weeks.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:52 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Study: Regular Drinking Appears To Boost Breast Cancer Risk

A woman at a wine tasting in Napa Valley, Calif., in 2005.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Women who raise a glass just a few times a week appear to have a higher risk of getting breast cancer than those who are teetotalers.

A study that looked at the drinking habits and development of breast cancer in more than 100,000 nurses found those who drank more had a small but detectable increase in breast cancer compared with those who drank less.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Federal Reserve Holds Off On Any New Economic Policy

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 1:39 pm

Citing stronger economic growth, the Federal Reserve announced it is not making any changes to its monetary policy.

As the AP reported earlier, economists were expecting this wait-and-see approach because they figured the Fed would want time to assess whether its policy from August and September was spurring growth.

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