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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening his counterparts from more than two dozen anti-ISIS coalition partners in Brussels on Thursday. Carter aims to goad them into stepping up their contributions to the war on ISIS. But the meeting coincides with what Sunni Arab partners consider a far greater threat in Syria: a Russian-Iranian-Assad offensive on the verge of recapturing Aleppo from rebels.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear in congressional testimony Wednesday she sees an economy that faces increased risk. Her assessment was sufficiently downbeat to practically remove the possibility of another interest rate hike at the Fed's next monetary policy meeting in March.
The Ferguson City Council made a provocative decision Tuesday night to attached conditions on a consent decree with the federal government. The decree was aimed at moving the city forward after Michael Brown's shooting death, but city officials contended that the agreement could lead to financial ruin. Needless to say, the council's choice wasn't well received by the Department of Justice or residents.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.
More than 95,000 metric tons of methane has leaked from a natural gas well in Los Angeles since late October, and the leak still has not been fixed. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Stephen Conley of the University of California, Davis, and Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford University.