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  • Fed To Dial Back Its Bond-Buying Stimulus Program
    Federal Reserve policymakers announced on Wednesday they will begin reducing the amount of stimulus they've been providing the economy each month. The Fed also promised it would keep short-term interest rates near zero even longer than previously expected.
  • This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry
    Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state's Central Valley. Her grass-roots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can't be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
  • Presidential Review Panel Endorses Checks On NSA
    President Obama's intelligence review panel has produced a report hundreds of pages long. It endorses a series of checks on the National Security Agency. The advisers have a list of recommendations for how to protect privacy while still trying to prevent terrorist attacks.
  • Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes
    It's a cross between Secret Santa and Make-a-Wish. For more than 20 years, ordinary Brazilians have read letters addressed to Santa that end up at their local post office and helped fulfill those wishes. The Father Christmas Project helps about half a million kids, some of whom ask for basic things like food and beds.
  • Handcuffed Suspect Proposes To Girlfriend, She Says 'Yes'
    A man being arrested in Elk City, Okla., for allegedly writing bad checks asked the officer if he could have a moment because he had been about to propose to his girlfriend. The cop said he couldn't remove the man's handcuffs, but did help him out by getting the ring from his coat pocket.
  • Russian Parliament Approves Amnesty Bill
    Members of the punk band Pussy Riot and a crew of Greenpeace environmentalists could walk free soonl. The amnesty is being granted to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's constitution, but it also seems to be an effort to buff up the country's human-rights image before the Winter Olympics in February.
  • Defense Bill Addresses Sexual Assaults In The Military
    The Senate is expected to meet Thursday to resume consideration on a defense bill that includes provisions aiming to more aggressively prosecute sexual assault in the military. Many praise the changes as the most significant to the military justice system in decades. Others say they don't go far enough.
  • 11,420 Children Dead In Syria's Civil War, So Far
    The conflict in Syria presents many staggering figures. But the number of kids estimated dead, 11,420, seems to encapsulate the tragedy like no other. Most were killed by explosive weapons or Syrian army assaults. But a disturbing number were targeted or tortured.
  • Millions Of Credit Cards Affected By Data Breach At Target
    The retailer acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts. It started the day before Thanksgiving and extended at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.
  • Even If FCC Relaxes Rules, Delta Won't Allow In-Flight Calls
    Delta CEO Richard Anderson says frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would disrupt travel. So the airline announced it will ban in-flight calls even if the FCC changes the rules.

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