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To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

Colleges are under pressure to revamp how they handle sexual assault cases. Some schools, rather than trying to train administrators to act like prosecutors, are outsourcing the job to real ones.

Janet Yellen Brings A Different Leadership Style To The Fed

Melissa Block talks to Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent for The New York Times, about the leadership style of Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve.

Ebola Nurse Fights Second Quarantine In Maine

The debate over how to monitor people returning from areas stricken by Ebola in West Africa heated up on Wednesday, with a nurse in Maine threatening to violate her state's quarantine policy.

Most Cavs Fans Willing To Forgive LeBron On His Return To Cleveland

LeBron James is back and Cleveland is getting psyched. Local basketball fans seem to be willing to forgive James for leaving town in search of NBA glory in Miami. As Thursday's season opener approaches, bar and restaurant owners are anticipating record business, sports talk radio is buzzing with hope, and a massive mural of James in a Cavaliers uniform is going up on the side of a downtown building. This year marks a half century since the Cleveland Browns won the city's last sports championship and Clevelanders are looking to quench the thirst of a long dry spell.

Some On Public Housing Waitlists Are Taking Their Vouchers To Smaller Cities

In the last few years demand for public housing assistance has skyrocketed, while congressional funding has stayed flat. Right now federal funds covers less than a quarter of families in the United States eligible for a housing voucher. Waitlists for vouchers in big cities are often years long, if not closed all together. That means those seeking housing aid are heading to small cities, like Cheyenne, Wyo., because of shorter wait times.

Federal Reserve Votes To End Quantitative Easing

Federal Reserve policymakers voted Wednesday to end a giant bond-buying stimulus program that's been in place in one form or another for the last six years.

T. Boone Pickens On The Plummeting Price Of Oil

Melissa Block talks to oilman T. Boone Pickens. He told the Wall Street Journal that energy companies are pumping too much oil and that none of them wants to be the first to stop.

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's 'Independent Sheen' Has Faded

With less than a week to go before Election Day, the governor's race in Colorado remains tight between Democrat incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez. Melissa Block talks to Denver Post political reporter John Frank about the race.

Stagnant Wages Could Drive Voters At The Polls Next Week

Voters say the economy is uppermost on their minds this election season. But are the candidates speaking to Americans' pocketbook concerns?

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.