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At the October meeting, the Fed decided to end the third round of monthly asset purchases program, as it sees the economy is improving on track from the worst financial crisis in decades. It also pledged to keep low interest rates in the longer run to nurture the hard-earned recovery.
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Marsha the stray cat, pictured with local resident Irina Lavrova, has been hailed a hero after saving an abandoned baby from freezing to death in Russia.
AN abandoned newborn baby was saved from freezing to death by the unlikeliest of hero - a stray cat, Daily Mail reported yesterday.
The tabby named Marsha climbed into the box the infant had been dumped in and kept the child warm for several hours as the mercury plunged below zero, the report said.
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"The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha … he was not damaged by the experience," a hospital spokesman told Central European News.
Nadezhda Makhovikova, who lives in the flats in Obninsk in the Kaluga region of Russia, told REN TV she ventured into the stairwell after hearing what sounded like a cat meowing in distress.
"When I went down, I saw it was the baby crying," she said.
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Marsha has since been spoiled rotten with food by the residents in the block of flats, the report said.
The cat was found curled around the baby boy for warmth after the infant was abandoned in the stairwell of a block of flats.
Police have launched a search for the parents while the baby is being cared for in a hospital.
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