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Senate majority leader Harry Reid has blocked too long shot moves by GOP senator Ted Cruz into having the senate approved without changes, the stop gap spending bill passed by the House to keep the government operating pass the end of this month. NPR's Craig Windham reports Reid says the bill is dead on a rival in the senate because it includes provision that would define the president's healthcare law.
To keep Raid and democrats from removing the defunding provision, Cruz is likely to try to stall consideration of the House measure with the filibuster and he's urging his GOP colleagues to join him.
"It is our obligation to our constituents to do everything we can to prevent the majority leader from funding Obama care with just 51 votes."
To sustain filibuster though, Cruz will need the support of at least 40 other senators. There are 46 republicans in the senate. But in number of them, including senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, say they will not support the effort by Cruz and other TEA party backed conservatives to hold up the stopgap spending bill. Craig Windham NPR News, Washington.
Officials in Kenya now say the security forces there are in control of nearly all of the upscale shopping mall, where militants opened fire over the weekend leaving more than 60 people dead and many more wounded. Kenyan foreign minister said today they are very certain there are few if any hostages still inside the Westgate mall. Represented Somalian terrorist group, Al-Shabaab began shooting people on Saturday, so that clear if gunmen may still be inside that facility.
Wall Street is still giving over its shock at the federal reserve decision last week to delay cutting its bond purchasers, Steve Beckner of Market News International says one key federal reserve bank president says there should be a two-part test before quantity of easing a scale back.
Not only most labor market improve, says New York FED chief, William Dudley, the economy must show enough forward momentum to make him confident improvement will continue. The vice chairman of the FED's policy making federal open market committee, says the drop in the unemployment rate overstates labor market improvement, and he says the economy isn't growing fast enough to sustain sufficient job creation to keept the rate heading down. Only when Dudley sees better number, will he be comfortable cutting the 85-billion-dollar monthly bond buying. Dallas FED chief Richard Fisher says the FED should do so now. Atlanta's Dennis Lockhart suggests it's not yet time. For NPR News, I'm Steve Beckner.
Smartphone maker Blackberry, which has found its cellphone increasingly under the gun, in terms of falling sales as now sets to agree to be acquired by a consortium, for 4.7 billion dollars. Consortium being led by Fairfax financial holdings property and casualty insurance company, offered nine dollars a share in cash to Blackberry, comes as the company's reporting quarterly losses, upwards of a billion dollars.
Stocks after a radical showing last week, gave ground to begin the new trading week, the Dow was down 49 points at 15,401; NASDAQ fell nine points; S&P 500 lost eight points today.
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The death toll as a result of recent flooding in Colorado has now risen to eight. That's after authorities there announced they discovered the body of a 79-year-old woman along the banks of the big Thompson river over the weekend. The woman's name was not being released, but authorities say she was one of three people listed in missing and presumed dead. Vice president Joe Biden was in Colorado meeting with that state's governor today.
Number of unauthorized immigrants living in the US has stopped declining. NPR's Ted Robbins says a new report indicated the first changing that trans since the recession.
The Pure Research center says the total number of unauthorized immigrants is 11.7 million, still below the 2007 high, more than 12 million, but up from numbers during the recession. The halted decline is not statistically significant, but it may be politically significant and in immigrant debate. The study's author, Jeff Pasellx, says fewer Mexicans are crossing the border illegally, and more people are arriving legally from other places.
"The none Mexicans are disproportionately people who come on temporary visas and overstay."
Central Americans, Asians, South Americans and people from the Caribbean now make up about 40% of all unauthorized immigrants in the US. Ted Robbins NPR News.
Officials of the Dallas zoo say Patrick, the gorilla, has anger issues. He's now going to be sent out for south Carolina for therapy. Officials in Dallas say the decision comes after the 430 pounds male lowland gorilla, beat one female gorilla and sneered the others. South Carolina zoo is known for working with gorillas with behaviour problems. Zoo officials say Patrick has no trouble with humans because he was cranky behaviour though he's been kept in its own habitite separated from the other gorillas in the zoo.
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