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House Approves Arming Syrian Rebels to Fight Islamic State

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 4:30pm
The House voted in favor of arming Syrian rebels to combat Islamic State militants, the first broad test of sentiment about President Obama's plans to expand military engagement in the Mideast.

Currents: Books: A Celebration of Silver, Seen in Ravishing Detail

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 4:19pm
“Georg Jensen: Reflections” is one connoisseur’s take on the Danish luxury company.






ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 4:15pm
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.






New ‘Genius Grant’ Winner Alison Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 1:40pm
“The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Ms. Bechdel, a new MacArthur fellow, has been sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which plans to publish it in 2017.






Live: Fed Decision, Yellen News Conference

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 1:20pm
Amid Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen's press conference, our live blog analyzes how close the central bank is to exiting its easy-money policy.

U.S. Security Leaders Detail Terrorist Threats for House Panel

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 1:04pm
FBI Director James Comey said he is worried about "a terrorist diaspora" out of Iraq and Syria as fighters leave extremist groups there and return to their homes.

Books of The Times: Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:34pm
Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”






Getty Foundation Announces Grants for 20th-Century Buildings

New York Times - California News - September 17, 2014 - 12:06pm
The Getty Foundation’s “Keeping It Modern” program focuses on the conservation of 20th-century architecture.

U.S. Inflation Gauge Falls

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 11:55am
Consumer prices fell in August, the first monthly decline for the inflation measure since April 2013, a reading that could lend support to some Federal Reserve policy makers who are seeking to move slowly in lifting ultra-low interest rates.

F.T.C. Fines Yelp and TinyCo for Violating Children's Privacy Rules

New York Times - California News - September 17, 2014 - 11:31am
The commission found that the companies violated a privacy act known as Coppa in part because they didn’t obtain parental consent before collecting information from children under 13.

Ginseng Demand Boosts Prices, Tempts Poachers

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 10:42am
Strong demand for wild ginseng growing on shady hillsides in Appalachia and the Midwest has boosted prices for the herb and encouraged people to dig it up and sell it illegally.

Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 9:25am
Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.






Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 8:11am
A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.






Pentagon Sees Possible Role For Troops in Militant Fight

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 7:57am
America's top military officer raised the prospect that limited U.S. ground forces would be needed to battle Islamic State militants if fighting in Iraq grows more difficult.

Health Law's Election Impact Dims

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 7:21am
Though Republicans continue to hammer away at the Affordable Care Act, the health-insurance law is losing some of its punch in the 2014 campaign. Polls show that voters don't see the law as a top concern.

Ebola Is New Challenge for U.S. Military

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 6:14am
President Barack Obama's plan to contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa presents the U.S. military with a logistical challenge with few precedents, one that it will be under pressure to execute quickly.

ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees, Nonfiction

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 5:00am
The nonfiction nominees for the 2014 National Book Award include Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams.

U.S. Program Sends Schools Surplus Arms

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 3:43am
A program that drew criticism for supplying military equipment to local police also provided assault-style rifles, grenade launchers and armored vehicles to public schools.

U.S. Incomes End 6-Year Decline, Just Barely

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 17, 2014 - 2:58am
Americans' incomes ticked up in 2013 for the first time since the recession, and the poverty rate fell for the first time since 2006.

Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

NY Times Books - September 17, 2014 - 2:00am
Plumbing the depths of American literature’s darkest comedian.
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