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A bomb exploded at a busy market in southwest Pakistan today. Police say at least 63 people were killed, at least 180 others were wounded. The attack occurred in a Shiah Muslim neighborhood in the city of Quetta, which has been targeted several times in recent months by hardline Sunnite militants.
On March 1st to cross the board spending cuts that will reduce federal spending by 85 billion dollars beginning to take effect. NPR's Brian Naylor reports the Obama administration is starting to sound the warning bell.
What's known as a sequestration in Washington speak will cut domestic spending by 5% and the defence budget by about 8%, its effects will be widespread, any government employees will face temporary layoffs or full loads. Air travelers may be confronted with longer lines at security because of fewer TA screeners and then delays in getting off ground due to fewer air traffic controllers. Homeland security says there will be fewer boots on the ground patrolling the border with Mexico. The fillers won't happen overnight. Senate democrats will take up a proposal later this month to replace the sequestra with more agreed cuts and higher tax on millionaire, but with republicans supposed the plan is expected to fail. Brian Naylor NPR News, Washington.
Republican congresswomen, Martha Roby, claims the president and senate democrats are using the sequester, as a way to push through another tax increase.
It is a shame that a commander in chief is using the military he weighs, as leverage for an ideological crusade for higher taxes. These games have to stop. The weekly republican address will be said the president should replace the automatic cuts with more responsible spending cuts. She said the republican led the house has already vote twice on such bills. But the democrat controlled senate has failed to act. Both the house and the senate are in recess all next week.
Federal inspectors and repair crews are getting their first look aboard disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph. The vessel is in the port of Mobile, Alabama, after 4,000 passengers spent almost a week at sea without power. Pat Duggins of Alabama public radio has more.
Repair team inspecting the engines and electric systems which failed while the Triumph was off Mexico Yucatan peninsula, cleaning crews are also removing the raw sewages in the hall ways. Jimmy Lyons is the head of Alabama state port authority, he says Carnival has canceled up to 15 voyages for the Triumph, which means it could be April before the ship sets sail again.
Those voyages are package standard forward in five-day voyage, so you can get to do the math on that on, and, you talk about a couple of months sending ill. All of the work under the supervision of the national transportation safety board, and inspectors from the Bahamas where the Triumph was registered. For NPR News, I'm Pat Duggins.
A month long school bus strike in New York city is over. Union leaders say they've been assured by several mayor hopefuls. That concerns about job security would be considered. The current mayor said the city won't be held hostage by the union.
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A spokesman for the Vatican says the Roman Catholic church is considering whether it can call a conclave to elect a new pope sooner than March 15th. Pope Benedict is expected to resign February 28th. The rule say a conclave should be called 15 days after a vacancy to allow cardinals enough time to get to Rome. But since the cardinals know now be needed, a sooner day may be possible.
Cleanup is underway in Russia, a meteorite exploded yesterday over the Euro mountains. It blew out windows in more than 4,000 buildings. Some 1,200 people were injured, most by flying glass. Russia apparently isn't the only place to have been visited by bright light in the sky this week. NPR's Allison Keyes explains.
Dozens remain hospitalized and some 1,200 were hurt, mostly by flying glass, when a meteorite exploded in the sky over Russia yesterday. Now a space center in San Francisco says its sky calls about the straight of light in the sky that appeared last night. Jolie Hamling, told KGO TV.
"The sites like a big, like a flash of lightning. "
And in Cuba, residents in the city of Rodas, told the website Cubasite, they saw a bright light in the sky earlier in the week and feel to large explosion. Allen Hell, at the German air space center say.
"I think in the future, we might be confronted with increasing number of incidents like this."
He says that's because more and more of earth surface has covered by cities. Allison Keyes, NPR News.
The supreme leader of Iran said today his country is not building nuclear weapons, but it could if it wanna to. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in his website, that Iran believes that all nuclear weapons must be abolished . But he said that if Iran intends to build them, the US couldn't stop it.
I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.
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