3:00pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Markets Volatile As Fed Makes Announcement

Domestic and foreign markets are still reacting to Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. debt. And now states and cities are seeing their risk assessments lowered.

3:00pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Europe

Londoners Press Leaders For Action Amid Violence

London's mayor, Boris Johnson, faced hostile questioning from local residents when he visited a riot-hit area of the city Tuesday. They wanted to know why the police had been unable to prevent gangs of youths burning and looting the area on Monday night. Meanwhile, Londoners armed with brooms and shovels started to clean up their city.

3:00pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Fed Sticks With Record Low Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors met Tuesday and announced that interest rates will likely remain at record lows for two more years. The action by the Fed was aimed at calming nervous investors.

3:00pm

Tue August 9, 2011
U.S.

Fallen Troops Arrive In Dover, Attended By Obama

President Obama added a trip to Dover Air Force Base to his schedule Tuesday. He was on hand — with top military leaders — for the return of the remains of U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

2:59pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Aid Boosted To Somalia; U.S. Mogadishu Vet Says He Would Return

Some 800 metric tons of food are on the way to East Africa, where more than 12 million people are suffering from a severe drought. The U.N. World Food Program is using nine airlifts to send high-energy biscuits to Kenya, where it will be distributed to famine victims.

The shipment is expected to be enough to feed 1.6 million people for one day. The United Nations says that 640,000 children in the Horn of Africa region are at risk of acute malnutrition.

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2:09pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

D.B. Cooper Update: FBI Says No DNA Match With New Suspect

Our colleagues at public radio's Northwest News Network (N3) first reported a DNA mismatch between the new suspect in the 1971 D.B. Cooper skyjacking and evidence from the hijacked plane.

The failed DNA test was disclosed Friday by Marla Cooper, the woman who claims that her late uncle, Lynn Doyle (L.D.) Cooper, was the famous skyjacker.

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1:47pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

China Sees Inflation Spike; Prods 'Relevant Nations' To Tighten Deficits

China said its politically sensitive inflation rate hit a 37-month high of 6.5 percent in July. Food costs, rose by 14.8 percent from a year ago, according to reports. Above, people shop for produce at a Beijing market Tuesday.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

As the world's financial markets struggle to cope with fears of a U.S. recession and a spreading European debt crisis, China on Tuesday called for more cooperation to stabilize markets and encourage growth.

Adding its seal of approval to a joint statement from finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 nations issued Monday, China's top officials urged "relevant nations" to cut their deficits and get debt problems under control.

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1:39pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

In Nigeria, Selling Men On Birth Control Is An Uphill Battle

Abubakar Rigasa, a peer educator, discusses family planning options with a group of men in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Courtesy of PSI

Nigeria is a crowded place — it's the most populous nation in Africa, with about 155 million people. That huge population is a concern, and in the past 20 years, the birth rate has barely changed, according to the country's National Population Commission, with the average woman giving birth to five kids in 2010.

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1:34pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Arrives At Dover AFB To Pay His Respects To Fallen Troops

Originally published on Tue August 9, 2011 1:53 pm

President Obama arrived unannounced at Dover Air Force base in Delaware, today. He was there to pay his respects to the 30 troops killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. The remains of the servicemen were brought home by two transport planes.

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is traveling with the president, has this report:

The Chinook helicopter crash was the deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the war began a decade ago. 30 Americans were killed, almost two dozen of them Navy SEALS.

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1:02pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

In Wake Of Two Triathletes' Deaths, NYC Event May See Changes

Triathletes begin the 1,500-meter swim (just under 1 mile) in the Hudson River as part of last year's New York City Triathlon. Two race participants died during this year's swim portion.
Dario Cantatore Getty Images

The New York City Triathlon was the scene for an unprecedented tragedy Sunday, is considering changes to its screening process, after two competitors died during Sunday's race. Both Michael Kudryk, 64, and Amy Martich, 40, died during the swim portion of the event.

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