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Iraq's prime minister is here in Washington, asking for help to battle a resurgent Al-Qaeda. Here is NPR's Michele Kelemen explaining Iraq is asking for weapons and more intelligent sharing, not boots on the ground.
Two years after he refused to let US troops stay in his country, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government needs America's help to battle a local Al-Qaeda affiliate that is once again become a regional threat in Iraq and in neighboring Syria. Speaking through interpreter at Washington think tank, he described Al-Qaeda as a dirty wind that wants to spread worldwide.
"They carry their rotten ideas everywhere."
Some leading senators have blamed al-Maliki for his mismanaging Iraq politics and fueling the violence by disenfranchising Sunnis but the Iraqi prime minister says all Iraqis Sunnis, Kurd and Shia have been victims of terrorist bombing. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Washington.
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 340,000. NPR's James Rolly reports the drop comes at the time when the job's market is slapping.
The Labor Department said the number of people filing for unemployment compensation for the first time fell by 10,000. Overall, the four-week average first time claim has been rising, but the Labor Department officials say that is partly because of the government shutdown which temporarily forced a lot of people out of work. But the shutdown is over now and officials say the labor market appears to have recovered still the trend of the job's market is down for the years. The average number of new jobs created has been fallen somewhat every quarter. The government is expected to release its unemployment report for October next week. James Rolly, NPR News, New York.
It is official. Vice President Joe Biden doing the honors as former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in as the Democratic Senator for New Jersey today.
"As you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and you will well and faithfully discharge the duty of office on which you are about to enter, so help you god."
"Congratulation senator, welcome to..."
Booker became the second African-American in the senate. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the 44-year-old Booker will be a welcoming addition to the body.
"We are going to find Cory Booker is going to be a great asset to this nation and the senate."
Booker was elected to fill up the term of Senator Frank Lautenberg who died earlier this year.
Federal appeals court has moved today to reinstate at least part of Texas's toughest abortion restriction that requirement of doctor work at clinics have admitting privilege at the nearby hospitals. This means as many as a dozen clinics providing abortion in the state will not be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as tomorrow. Panel of judges of the Fifth Circle of Appeals ruling just three days after judge ruled the provision of requirement admitting privileges serves no medical purpose.
On Wall Street today, the DOW Jones industrial average was down 73 points, the S&P 500 lost six points.
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Shell Oil says it will submit its plan for increased oil exploration in the Arctic. Company says there is no firm plans have been made of drilling more to take place most likely spot would be in the Chukchi Sea. Plans submitted a proposal in the next few weeks will announce to Shell's parent company Royal Dutch Shell PLC, unveiled its third quarter earning's numbers. Shell attempted to drill above the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea in 2012, but suffered from serious setbacks.
The legal battle behind one of the year's biggest pop song has only been getting more complicated. As NPR's Neda Ulaby reports, the family of Marvin Gaye is filing a lawsuit against the writer of his song, Blurred Lines.
Maybe you remember that over the summer the Blurred Lines writers preemptively sued Gaye's family. It appeared Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. were pretty sure they were going to get sue themselves. They were right. On Wednesday, Gaye's family filed a suit claiming copyright infringement of not one but two of Gaye's songs including After the Dance. Of course, the Blurred Lines song writers say they are only paying tribute to Marvin Gaye not infringing on his copyright. At this point, that fictive suits and counter suits has assumed the proportions that had been intellectual property so popular. Each side has hired its own musicologists to help prove its point. Neda Ulaby, NPR news.
US officials say they have found a tunnel that connects Tijuana, Mexico to industrial area in Santiago. Authorities said the tunnel equipped the electricity, ventilation and rail system was apparent to design to smuggle large quantity of drugs. Nation immigration and custom enforcement officials seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine. Three people are in custody.
I am Jack Spree, NPR News in Washington.