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In Egypt, at least 17 people are dead; scores of others were injured. NPR's Leila Fadel reports 6 were killed in four blasts in the capital targeting security forces but more dying clashes are reigning protesters and police.
Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour called the bombings cowardly acts also vowed to bring those involved in the attack to justice. He said in a statement that Egypt had defeated terrorism in 1990s, and would do so again. Immediately following the bombings, more than 200 Muslin Brotherhood supporters were arrested. And despite the fact that an extremist militant group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility, most people blamed the ousted Brotherhood for the attack. The Brotherhood condemned the bombings in a statement, and said it was being unfairly accused of violence. Leila Fadel, NPR News, Cairo.
A mediator at the Syrian peace talk in Geneva says a Syrian government delegation and a western backed opposition would meet tomorrow in the same room. The announcement came on the day, the two sides were set to meet but failed to do so, but a continuing disagreement over the agenda for the talks. Respective sides have not held face-to-face talks since the start of the country's now three-year-old civil war.
The United States will have security personnel on the ground in Russia to protect athletes during the Olympic Games. As NPR's Tamara Keith explains Obama administration officials say they're working with Russian government.
Senior administration officials say US security personnel have been coordinating with the Russian government for months if not years in advance of the Sochi games.
"I think it fair to say we're always seeking more information from the Russians."
That's why House press secretary Jay Carney, who added that the Russian government is taking security at the games seriously.
"We have no doubt that's in their absolute interests to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and security of the Olympic Games, and we're working with them and other nations in taking precautions we can take."
Carney says American athletes in Sochi will be protected by diplomatic security agents and the FBI. Tamara Keith, NPR News, the White House.
The worst week for Wall Street in more than a year as jitters about the shrink of the global economy helped pull the Dow down nearly 500 points in the past two days alone. The broad market was down more than 2% today as investors poured out emerging markets flooded into the safety bonds. Comes Brian Wesberry with First Trust Portfolios.
"A lot of this kicked off earlier in the week when China reported a weak purchasing managers index (PMI) report which showed that their manufacturing sector was on the weak side. Argentina has also had a big drop in its currency and currency in Turkey is falling. Emerging markets are having problems."
On Wall Street, the Dow dropped 318 points today, to close at 15,879; the NASDAQ was down 90 points , end the session at 4,128; the S&P 500 dropped 38 points today.
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A former aide to Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who was arrested on child pornography charges has took his own life. According to Maryland medical examiner officer , 35 years old Ryan Loskarn hanged himself in his parent's home where he had been living as he waited for trial on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography. Loskarn was arrested last month by US postal agents and was fired following his arrest. He would face up to 30 years in prison.
The Department of Justice may make less risky for banks to do business with marijuana industry. NPR's Martin Kaste reports.
Federal law bans banks from taking drug money, and that means state-sanctioned pot stores often end up having to handle a lot of cash. That worries Attorney General Eric Holder and he now says he's looking at ways to make it safer for banks to accept pot money. Justin John is part owner of a marijuana store in Denver, called DanK.
"There will be nice for everybody to be on the up and up, be transparent and function more like a normal business."
But banks may remains skittish, especially if all the DOJ (Department of Justice) does is tell it prosecutors to deprioritize these money laundering cases. Without clear legal cover, some banks may still decide that the pot business is not worth risking their federal charters. Martin Kaste, NPR News, Seattle.
Officials in New York now say the much-delayed opening of the 9/11 museum will take place later this year. According to officials of the national 9/11 memorial, the museum dedicated to victims of the terror attack is scheduled to open in May. In addition, the board oversees the museum set ticket charges this week, say admission would be 25 dollars for most adults, the amount is similar to suggested donations and museums in New York.
I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.