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Quebec's premier is leveling new verbal attacks against the executives of the railway company that owned the runway train, involved in last weekend's fiery crash in LAC-MEGANTIC. Pauline Marois, got in a close look at the charred debris today, and strongly criticized Rail World's management for taking too long to respond the victims' needs. More bodies have been recovered, meanwhile bringing the confirmed death toll of 20, dozens more people are still missing and feared dead.
Republican senator, Ryan Paul is proposing a bill to stop 1.5 billion dollars in annual US assistance to Egypt in the week of last week's military coup. Several lawmakers have been calling for similar action. But the Obama administration says the funding is key to the US's national security interest. White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"We're going to be very deliberate and cautious as we assess this, and as we review our assistance programs and the president has asked that all the agencies involved in assistance to Egypt, including, of course, the defence department review those assistance programs as we make these evaluations."
Senator Paul meanwhile criticized president Obama for refusing to call last week's action that ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, a coup.
Mexico's president is the latest head of state reacting strongly to allegations that the US spied on various nations including his. Here is the latest from NPR's Carrie Kahn.
The allegations of US spying south of the border was reported in a Brazilian newspaper citing documents leaked by former security consultant Edward Snowden. President Pena Nieto said Mexico has asked the US to his foreign ministry for immediate information regarding the allegations. He says the current controversy does not damaged the strong US-Mexico relationship. Pena Nieto is in Sun Valley, Idaho, attending a business conference. Mexico's attorney general is also looking into the reports that the former administration of Felipe Calderon allowed the US to set up centers to monitor phone and internet communications inside Mexico, that issue is also the cost of spy ware which might have been sold the Mexico at highly inflated prices. Carrie Kahn NPR News, Mexico city.
In central Florida, closing arguments resumed shortly in George Zimmerman's murder trail for the death of Trayvon Martin. The 17-year-old, who was unarmed when he was killed last year. Zimmerman maintains he killed Martin in self defence.
Investigators say they have DNA evidence linking a woman's rape and murder in the 1960s to the infamous Boston Strangler. They say forensic evidence shows a familiar match between the victim Mary Sullivan and Albert H. DeSalvo, whose remains will be exhumed to see if there is an exact match. DeSalvo initially confessed to a 11 Boston area murders, he later recounted his confession. DeSalvo was killed in 1973 in prison where he was serving time for other crimes.
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New claims for jobless benefits rose last week in the US. The labor department says they went up by 16,000 but NPR's Dave Mattingly reports economists say the increase is insignificant.
New jobless claims rose to a seasonly adjusted 360,000 but that's still in line with steady job gains in the US economy. And chief economist Scott Brown at Raymond James & associates, says July also brings with its seasonal volatility.
"You turn to see a large swings in the adjusted figures in the early part of July. You've got seasonal plan retooling shutdown in the auto industry, so there is a big spike in another adjusted claim every year this time."
And Brown notes there is due to July 4th holiday. Dave Mattingly NPR News, Washington.
Microsoft is announcing some strategic changes in the way of dicey business, saying it needs to innovate faster. At the time when PC demand is declining, the world's largest software maker says it's focusing more now on devices and services. CEO Steve Ballmer sent a memo to employees today, stating that the changes be Microsoft's organizing the company by function. In morning trading, Microsoft shares rose $0.50.
Chile's largest labor union is staging a nationwide strike. Packets of violence were reported from the otherwise peaceful demonstrations. Small groups of hooded protesters hurled fire bombs and torched public transit bus. No one was injured but two dozen people have been arrested.
At last check on Wall Street, Dow was up 158 points at 15,450, up now more than 1%.
I'm Lakshmi SIngh, NPR News in Washington.