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Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Goes on Bicycle Ride

Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Goes on Bicycle Ride

ABC News(FORT KENT, Maine) — A nurse who returned from fighting Ebola in West Africa challenged the demands that she remain quarantined by leaving her home Thursday morning for a bike ride with her boyfriend.Kaci Hickox, 33, went on the bike ride with her boyfriend in Fort Kent, Maine, after vowing last night she wasn't willing to "stand here and have my civil rights violated." State officials said they were preparing to file a court order to enforce a mandatory quarantine, but it would first have to be approved by a judge.Hickox was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders. She returned to the United States on Friday, landing in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, where she was questioned and quarantined in an outdoor tent through the weekend despite having no symptoms of the lethal virus.Hickox registered a fever on an infrared thermometer at the airport, but an oral thermometer at University Hospital in Newark showed that she had no fever, she said.After twice testing negative for the Ebola, Hickox was released and returned home to Maine on Monday. Maine's health commissioner announced that Maine would join the handful of states going beyond federal guidelines and asking that returning Ebola health workers be self-quarantined for 21 days."Our true desire is for a voluntary separation from the public. We do not want to have to legally enforce an in-home quarantine," Maine Health Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in a statement. "We are confident that the selfless health workers, who were brave enough to care for Ebola patients in a foreign country, will be willing to take reasonable steps to protect the residents of their own country. However, we are willing to pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for Mainers."Hickox said she doesn't think it is reasonable."I will go to court to attain my freedom," Hickox told Good Morning America Wednesday via Skype from her hometown of Fort Kent. "I have been completely asymptomatic since I've been here. I feel absolutely great."The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn't consider health workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa to be at "high risk" for catching Ebola if they were wearing protective gear, according to new guidelines announced this week. Since they have "some risk," the CDC recommends that they undergo monitoring -- tracking symptoms and body temperature twice a day -- avoid public transportation and take other precautions. But the CDC doesn't require home quarantines for these workers.Someone isn't contagious until Ebola symptoms appear, according to the CDC. And even then, transmission requires contact with bodily fluids such as blood and vomit.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is ‘One of the Better Teams’

Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is ‘One of the Better Teams’

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Third-ranked Auburn (6-1) will get one the biggest tests this season when they travel to fourth-ranked Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers are 3-1 in their SEC matchups this year and head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware of Mississippi's defense that is only allowing 10.3 points per game.

"[They have a] great defense [and] very good on offense," Malzahn said. "They have a senior quarterback who has a lot of experience. He's a very nifty runner in their zone read and power [run game]."

"Overall, this is one of the better teams in their country," he added.

Malzahn credited the work Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has done in a short amount of time at the school.

"He's really good at what he does," Malzahn said.  "He's a great coach, he's a great communicator, he's got great vision. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of the best at what he does."

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No Shortage of Tanning Beds for Students at Top Colleges in US

No Shortage of Tanning Beds for Students at Top Colleges in US

iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — College students at top schools in the United States have plenty of tanning beds at their disposable, according to a newly published study.Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that nearly half of the top 125 colleges and universities from the U.S. News and World Report had indoor tanning beds either on campus or in off-campus housing. They also found that more than 500,000 students have access to tanning beds on campus."In 14 percent of colleges, the campus cash cards that students can use to make purchases for food and books were able to be used to pay for tanning at local salons," said Dr. Sherry Pagoto, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.Indiana University's website advertises that students can use their campus access card at a tanning salon near campus. The university declined comment to ABC News.The researchers found that 96 percent of off-campus housing that offered tanning beds did so at no charge. One luxurious off-campus apartment complex near the University of Arizona had a tanning bed inside the building."One of the myths of indoor tanning is that it provides a safe tan," ABC News senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton said. "If you speak to any skin expert, any dermatologist will tell you there is no such thing as a safe tan."A study in the International Journal of Cancer found that 76 percent of melanoma cases among 18 to 29 year olds were attributable to tanning-bed use."These indoor tanning salons are dangerous,” Ashton said. “They are expensive, the risks far outweigh any possible benefits and they're unnecessary.”

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Jobless Claims Jump to 287K

Jobless Claims Jump to 287K

iStock/Thinkstoc(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were higher last week, increasing by 3,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Oct. 25, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 287,000. The previous week claims stood at 284,000, revised up from 283,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average decreased, however, falling by just 250 to 281,000.

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Man Survives Driving Off Cliff, 17 Hours Trapped Underneath Vehicle

Man Survives Driving Off Cliff, 17 Hours Trapped Underneath Vehicle

iStock/Thinkstock(BOONE, N.C.) — A man in North Carolina survived 17 hours pinned underneath his vehicle after he fell asleep behind the wheel and drove off a cliff, authorities said.Joseph Woodring's vehicle fell at least 60 feet when he went off the road in Boone, N.C., on Tuesday night, according to State Highway Patrol.The crash launched Woodring, 21, from his vehicle, which landed upside down and pinned him underneath it. He was found Wednesday afternoon."He was lying on his side. Both legs were pinned under," Dale Watson told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV. "He wanted some water so I give him some water."Watson said Woodring told him he fell asleep while driving. It took rescue crews an hour to raise the vehicle off him.Woodring was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, according to the State Highway Patrol.

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See the Birth of Modern Medicine from the Doctor Who Collects the Negatives

See the Birth of Modern Medicine from the Doctor Who Collects the Negatives

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The early days of modern medicine, before penicillin and anesthesia, can seem gruesome by today's standards. But archivist and collector of medical photography, Dr. Stanley Burns, thinks it’s important to look back at the early days of medicine to understand how far modern medicine has come in just over 100 years.Burns, the founder and archivist of the Burns Archive, has lots of evidence about how crude early medical treatments could be at the beginning of the last century. From electroshock for blindness to scoliosis cures that look torturous, the haunting photographs from the Burns Archive can be beautiful and scary reminders of how rudimentary medicine was just a century ago.“The doctors 100 years ago were just as smart and interested in helping their patients as we are today,” Burns told ABC News. “The problem was they labored under inferior knowledge and technology.”Burns’ photography archive includes thousands of pictures ranging from early medical operations to Civil War-era photos of prosthetic limbs, some of which were featured in a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.His newest exhibition is decidedly more macabre. It’s a collection of memorial photography, which are pictures of the deceased for loved ones, mainly from the turn of the 19th century.The photographs of the posed deceased are being featured at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York, until this January.Earlier this year, Burns’ incredible knowledge about the birth of modern medicine has been utilized at his newest side-job -- medical adviser on the Cinemax drama The Knick. The show centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital at the turn of the 19th century, just as now common surgical techniques were being developed. It’s a show tailor-made for Burns’ sensibility.“What I’ve been able to do is help make the medicine in the year 1900 come alive,” he said.Burns not only vets the set and the procedures, he implemented “medical school” for the actors. Burns taught the show’s stars like Clive Owen how to properly stitch up a wound so that the camera could stay close on their hands during the operation scenes.He said, “They were more serious about learning the medical [techniques]” than some students.When Burns asked why they were so meticulous, his new students answered, “It’s going to be onscreen, it’s going to be forever.”Burns said he hopes his medical archive and the show will help people realize that medicine is an ever-evolving field and that the crude procedures shown on The Knick were actually cutting edge for the time."When doctors 100 years from today look at what we’re doing they’ll look at us the same way," he said.

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Man Says He Wrongly Confessed to Murder After Undergoing ‘Exorcism’

Man Says He Wrongly Confessed to Murder After Undergoing ‘Exorcism’

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A man claims he was under a sort of exorcism when he confessed to killing a fellow member of a religious group in Kansas City, Missouri, whose death was originally ruled a suicide.The body of Bethany Deaton was found Oct. 30, 2012, in the back seat of her minivan with the doors locked and a note inside."My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose this evil thing," the note read, according to court documents. "I did it because I wouldn't be a real person and what is the point of living if it is too late for that? I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will still save me."Deaton, 27, was a member of a religious group called the International House of Prayer, which was led by her husband, Tyler Deaton. A few weeks after her death, Micah Moore, another member of the group, confessed to her slaying.Tyler Deaton had a cult-like following within the group and controlled virtually every aspect of some members' lives, according to court documents.When Moore confessed, he told police Deaton ordered him to kill his wife to stop her from telling anyone about sexual assaults against her in the house, according to police records. The three lived in a communal house with other male members of the group."This is a horrible, horrible crime," Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. "A young woman lost her life. She lost her life in a very violent way and today, we do know what happened to her."Now Moore claims he only confessed to killing Deaton because he was under the influence of what some have called an exorcism. Moore, who is scheduled for trial next month, has pleaded not guilty."They were the statements of a distraught and confused young man," his attorney, Melanie Morgan, said.The medical examiner has also changed the manner of Deaton's death to undetermined."We are aware of no evidence that a crime has occurred," Morgan said.The International House of Prayer denied any affiliation with Deaton's group in a statement to ABC News.

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San Francisco Giants Fans Celebrate World Series Title with Couch Fires

San Francisco Giants Fans Celebrate World Series Title with Couch Fires

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Big crowds hit the streets of San Francisco late Wednesday to celebrate the Giants' third World Series title in five years.People burned couches and other debris in the city's Mission District after the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the decisive Game 7.Two people were shot in the Mission, police told ABC News station KGO-TV.

 

SF won the #worldseries. This guy is swinging on live wire on a bus. lol

A video posted by Tony Bell (@tb_tonybell) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:29pm PDT

 

Police haven't said how many arrests were made.

 

I'm covered in beer #GoGiants #madbum

A video posted by Jeff Dean (@most_jeffinitely_) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:49pm PDT

A victory parade is scheduled for Friday.

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Report: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Expecting First Baby

Report: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Expecting First Baby

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jessica Biel and hubby Justin Timberlake are expecting their first child, a source tells Radar Online.A pal of the 32-year-old actress tells the gossip website, “Jessica is at least three months pregnant and she’s due in April!”A second source claims that Biel has been cautious about going public with the news because she's had problems getting pregnant in the past.“Jessica has had tense times in the past when it comes to having a baby, so it is not surprising that she is staying mum on confirming the news publicly yet,” the insider notes.The couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary a little over a week ago while vacationing in New Zealand.

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Dylan Penn Approves of Dad Sean Penn’s Romance with Charlize Theron

Dylan Penn Approves of Dad Sean Penn’s Romance with Charlize Theron

Barry King/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sean Penn's relationship with Charlize Theron has received a stamp of approval from his daughter Dylan Penn.The 23-year-old model told Us Weekly this week that she approves of the romance, saying of Theron, "She's awesome."Dylan notes she hasn't seen much of the two because they're in South Africa shooting The Last Face, in which Theron stars. Penn is directing the project."As long as my dad's happy, I'm happy for both of them," she adds.When asked what makes Theron so special, Dylan tells the magazine, "Well, she's brilliant for one thing," adding, "and she's the only woman since my mom [Robin Wright] who can shut my dad up. The only woman! That is a f**king challenge so...She's a powerhouse."Penn, 54, and Theron, 39, were first confirmed to be dating in January.Penn and Wright were married in 1996, six years after Dylan was born. They divorced in 2010. Penn was also married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989.Theron was previously in a nine-year relationship with actor Stuart Townsend until their split in 2010. She has a two-year-old son Jackson, whom she adopted in 2012.

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Amanda Bynes’ Mother Granted Conservatorship

Amanda Bynes’ Mother Granted Conservatorship

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes' mother has been named the conservator of the actress, who's currently in a California psychiatric facility on an involuntary hold.People magazine reports a court granted Lynn Bynes control over her daughter's estate on Oct. 22.The petition for the conservatorship stated that the 28-year-old actress had exhibited erratic behavior prior to the hold, and had been "spending large amounts of her savings."Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for the second time nearly three weeks ago. A judge extended the hold by 30 days on Monday.Bynes' mom previously held a conservatorship over her daughter last year, after Amanda was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was presented with the 2,532nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.The 28-year-old actress was joined at the ceremony by co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, as well as The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre.An emotional Cuoco-Sweeting praised them all during her speech, saying, "This cast has changed my life in more ways than one. That's why I'm here."Cuoco-Sweeting starred on the TV series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Charmed before landing the role of Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

The CBS sitcom moves from Monday night to Thursday night, beginning this week.

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Most Breastfeeding Friendly Airports Really Aren’t

Most Breastfeeding Friendly Airports Really Aren’t

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Are most U.S. airports “breastfeeding friendly” as they claim to be?Not according to Michael Haight and Joan Ortiz, authors of the article, “Airports in the United States. Are They Really Breastfeeding Friendly?”The pair polled 100 airports, 62 of which claimed they were friendly to women who need to feed their children. However, Haight and Ortiz learned that only 37 airports actually offered a lactation room.What’s more, just eight out of the 100 airports surveyed that designated a specific area for breastfeeding moms made sure that it wasn’t also a restroom and that it also featured a table, chair and electrical outlet.So, the authors conclude the only true “breastfeeding friendly” airports are: San Francisco International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Baltimore/Washington International, San Jose International, Indianapolis International, Akron-Canton Regional (OH), Dane County Regional (WI), and Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional (FL) airports.

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Laws to Deter Underage Drinking Appear to Work

Laws to Deter Underage Drinking Appear to Work

iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Social host laws that hold adults responsible when underage drinking is happening on their property may be helping to drive down the number of teens who use alcohol at weekend parties.Mallie Paschall, a senior research scientist at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California, admits that there’s no direct proof yet of a link between these laws and a decrease in underage drinking.However, the early findings are encouraging after a study of 50 California communities, half of which put the onus on parents or adults if people under 21 are caught imbibing at their homes or establishments.In areas where social host laws were enforced, which can mean stiff fines, there were fewer reports of underage drinking parties.Paschall explains that most teens get alcohol from social sources, such as parents or other adults, so it would stand to reason that laws that target those sources will result in a decline of underage drinking.He adds that besides strict enforcement, there also has to be an aggressive public campaign about social host laws to inform parents about the penalties they face for allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property.

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Humility Is the Virtue Women Want in a Man

Humility Is the Virtue Women Want in a Man

iStock/Thinkstock(HOLLAND, Mich.) — To the chagrin of the stereotypical nice guy, it seems that women are attracted to bad boys because they represent something naughty and dangerous. Certainly that’s true in the movies and even in some real life cases. But as Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren of Hope College in Michigan explains, what women really want in a man is somebody who exudes humility rather than conceit. In fact, that’s how men prefer their women too.In a series of three experiments involving hundreds of college students of both sexes, the overwhelming majority were more attracted to a possible significant other who was willing to “overcome desires for power and superiority” in order to build and sustain a long-term romantic relationship.People viewed as humble are better at evaluating their own strengths and weaknesses, have an easier time accepting criticism and are regarded as helpful and selfless.So perhaps, it’s the mean guys who really finish last.

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There’s More than One Mike Myers…and Freddy Krueger Too

There’s More than One Mike Myers…and Freddy Krueger Too

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sometimes fate can play cruel tricks. Other times, it’s your parents who do so.Either way, there are number of people walking around in the U.S. whose names are identical to characters from scary movies or even the folks who make scary movies or books.This being Halloween time and all, the folks at Whitepages did some checking and found 13 names or real life Americans that fans of the horror genre will immediately recognize.However, while you might think they’re pretty cool, imagine going through life with a name like Norman Bates:

1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282 (333 in Ohio)2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068 (168 in Texas)3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96 (9 in Texas)4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30 (4 each in Pennsylvania, California, and New York)5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25 (10 in Georgia)6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10 (2 in California)7. Wes Craven (Director): 7 (2 in North Carolina)8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7 (2 each in California and Maryland)9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6 (3 in Florida)10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5 (2 in Washington)11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4 (3 in Pennsylvania)12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2 (1 each in Texas and North Dakota)13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in California

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IRS Announces Tax Guidance Related to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

IRS Announces Tax Guidance Related to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

MariuszBlach/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Internal Revenue Service issued tax guidelines regarding charitable and other relief related to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.The IRS press release notes two tax designations designed to promote donations and aid for West Africa. Employees, the agency says, "may donate their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief" to Ebola victims in West Africa. In doing so, an employee would forego leave in exchange for employer cash payments made before Jan. 1, 2016. That donated leave will not be included in income or wages of the employee, and employers can deduct the amount of the cash payment.The second guideline allows American employees in West Africa to receive reimbursement from an employer-sponsored charitable organization for medical expenses incurred as a result of the outbreak, without the reimbursement being included in the individual's income for federal tax purposes.The announcement follows similar steps taken following other international disasters, including the Japan earthquake and tsunami and the Haiti earthquake.

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Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks

Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- The Boston Bruins' blueline takes another hit.Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning.Krug broke the finger after getting slashed during his final shift in the Bruins loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.Krug joins a growing list of injured Boston defensemen. The B's are already without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a left knee injury and Kevan Miller, who has a dislocated right shoulder.Despite the growing list of injuries, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is staying upbeat.“For us, with our system, it’s about not just about the defensemen, but really the whole aspect of all the guys on the ice and playing a good system,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what we need to have.”The Bruins (5-6-0, 10pts) re-called defensemen David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from their AHL affiliate in Providence to pick up the slack.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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Federal Reserve Ends Bond-Buying Program, Will Keep Interest Rates Low

Federal Reserve Ends Bond-Buying Program, Will Keep Interest Rates Low

Cameron Whitman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it would end its recession-era bond purchasing program, noting improvement in the labor market and the financial landscape.According to a press release, the Federal Open Market Committee found at their September meeting that with the economy growing at a moderate pace and improved labor market conditions, the bond-buying program can be ended this month. "Moreover, the [Fed] continues to see sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing progress toward maximum employment in a context of price stability," the release read.The Fed did, however, reaffirm its belief that interest rates should remain where they are for the time being.

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