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Rundown for September 18, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 6 Comments

Fed Keeps Stimulus In Place, Surprising Wall Street

The Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy, saying it thinks the economy still needs the support.

12:15 PM EDT 4 Comments

Security Clearance Checks Under Scrutiny After Shootings

A defense contractor’s deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard is raising questions about the adequacy of the background checks on contract employees.

12:20 PM EDT 5 Comments

A Debate Over How To Improve Schools In Mississippi

In Mississippi, standardized test scores and graduation rates are among the worst in the country. We hear from a school principal and a state legislator who have opposing ideas on what to do about it.

12:35 PM EDT 2 Comments

Mysterious Foam Challenges Farmers And Scientists

Hog farmers in the Midwest are on edge about an unusual problem: foam sometimes forms on the manure piles, and apparently causes flash fires and explosions.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

iTunes Radio Wants To Be Your DJ And Record Store

With the launch of iOS 7 today, Apple is entering the streaming music market with iTunes radio. We take a look at what it is and what role it will play in the crowded digital music world.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Author Spins Love Of Chicago’s Thorne Rooms Into Children’s Book Series

Marianne Malone has loved the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago since she was a child. They inspired her to write a series about two children who shrink into them.

1:06 PM EDT Comment

Russia Stands By Assad As Syria Claims Rebels Used Chemical Weapons

Russia says Syria has provided new “material evidence” that Syrian rebels, not government forces, are responsible for using chemical weapons in the deadly attack on the town of Ghouta on August 21.

1:15 PM EDT 11 Comments

Sen. Stabenow: Navy Yard Shooting Is ‘Call To Action’ On Mental Health

Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says while there are differing views on gun control in Congress, there is agreement that mental health must be improved.

1:20 PM EDT 3 Comments

Starfish Population Decline A Mystery to Scientists

A massive starfish die-off from Maine to Florida, is concerning scientists who have no idea what is causing the decline. This comes after a boom in their population just three years ago.

1:30 PM EDT Comment

Female Saxophonist Wins Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

Melissa Aldana is the first female instrumentalist to win the annual competition of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz — the most prestigious jazz competition in the world.

1:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

How Mercury Poisons Gold Miners, Water In Indonesia

Contamination with mercury is a particular problem in countries where small-scale gold miners operate. Mercury is used to separate fragments of gold from the rock or earth.

1:45 PM EDT 5 Comments

N.C. Officer Charged In Death Of Unarmed Black Man

North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 shots at a 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, according to authorities, as the man was seeking help after a car accident.

1:50 PM EDT Comment

From Arsenio To Queen Latifah, Familiar Faces In New Talk Shows

A few well-known faces will be making a splash on the syndicated talk show line-up this fall, after long hiatuses. We take a look at why old faces are suddenly new again in TV talk.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.