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Economy
4:36 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

A worker welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa., in February. Hourly wages in the U.S. remained unchanged last month.
Keith Srakocic AP

Maybe it seems like just yesterday that you were storing away your holiday decorations.

Maybe it actually was yesterday because life gets busy and tasks get put off, and before you know it, half the year is over and you're scrambling to catch up.

So in case you have been too busy to pay close attention, here's what we now know about the just-ended half of this year's economy:

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Goats and Soda
4:34 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

This is a photo taken in the town of Smell No Taste, where a teenager died of Ebola this past week. The home where he passed away is now under quarantine.
Abbas Dulleh AP

A curious detail appeared in stories about the death this week of a 17-year-old boy from Ebola.

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History
4:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Rejection Of Flag Exposes Larger Truths About The Confederacy

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:35 pm

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National Security
4:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do'

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:35 pm

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Around the Nation
4:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:35 pm

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