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8:28am

Wed July 17, 2013
Economy

Market Mood Improves After Bernanke Remarks

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Ben Bernanke's latest comments are at the top of NPR's business news.

Stock and bond markets reacted positively to the Federal Reserve chairman's latest remarks on the economy this morning. Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill delivering the Fed's twice-yearly update on the economy and Fed policy before the House Financial Services Committee. NPR's John Ydstie joins us now to talk about it. And John, what was it that Bernanke said that impressed the market?

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8:00am

Wed July 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 9:06 am

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer keeps an eye on his dashboard computer as it reads passing car license plates.
Ross D. Franklin AP

License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.

But they notice you: A scanner can ID thousands of plates a day. And a new ACLU report says the vast majority of police agencies now use them.

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7:08am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Fed's Monetary Policies Not On 'A Preset Course'

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:22 am

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., last month.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that when and how the Fed winds down its stimulus programs will depend on economic conditions.

Here's the key passage from Bernanke's prepared remarks:

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6:20am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

4 Zimmerman Jurors: Juror B37 Does Not Speak For Us

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 2:44 pm

George Zimmerman "probably feared for his life," juror B37 told CNN.
Gary W. Green EPA/LANDOV

Four women who served on the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from Juror B37, the anonymous woman who gave an extensive interview to CNN about the case.

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5:32am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa'

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 5:13 pm

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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