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3:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Obama Makes Janet Yellen His Official Choice To Head The Fed

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:37 pm

Janet Yellen is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen will be the first woman to lead the Fed.

Business
3:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Trade Gets Sluggish As The Shutdown Leaves Agencies Shortstaffed

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:37 pm

The government shutdown is starting to hamper trade. More than 40 federal agencies involved in trade shipments — from the EPA to the Commerce Department — have trimmed their staffs, resulting in a slowdown or halt of goods.

Science
3:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Nobel Chemistry Prize Goes To Scientists Who Made Computer Models

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:37 pm

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel Wednesday. Karplus, Levitt and Warshel won the prize for laying the foundation for computer models that help researchers understand and predict chemical processes like the purification of exhaust fumes or photosynthesis in green leaves.

What Comes Next? Conversations On The Afterlife
3:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A Philosopher's 'Afterlife': We May Die, But Others Live On

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Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:37 pm

Philosopher Samuel Scheffler doesn't believe in a traditional afterlife — that is, he doesn't think that a spirit or soul survives the body's physical death. But he does believe in another kind of afterlife: Regardless of what we think about our own life after death, Scheffler tells NPR's Robert Siegel, we all trust that others will continue to live after us. And, much like faith in a spiritual afterlife, that belief changes what we choose to do with our days on earth.

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It's All Politics
3:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas?

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally in Haltom City on Oct. 3.
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Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:44 pm

In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.

Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.

Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis came to the Capitol in Austin wearing running shoes and ready to block a restrictive abortion bill.

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