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From NPR News in Washington. I'm Nora Raum
BP officials say they are encouraged by the way a cap is working to prevent more oil from gushing from a broken well in the Gulf of Mexico. Vice President Kent Wells says they are closely monitoring information on pressure and temperature since the well was capped.
"Based on that information at the point in time, we'll make decision on whether to end the test and going to containment mold or continue on with the test or any other decision that might be taken at that time."
Wells say so far there's no sign that oil is escaping again. BP stopped the flow Saturday for the first since April 20th when the oil rig exploded,killing 11 workers. Meanwhile the cleanup continues and much of the Gulf of Mexico is off-limits to fishing. Although the spill has caused great hardship, not all fishermen are opposed to more drilling in the future. From member station WUSF in Tampa, Joshua Steward reports.
A. Prood's been a longline fisherman since high school. He usually has six boats trolling Gulf waters for grouper and other popular restaurant fish. But his catch is done and some of his boats are staying at the docks. Prood is worried about the future of his business and he's filed a claim with BP for his lost revenue. But he doesn't want oil drilling stop all together in the Gulf.
"I don't want to pay 5, 7 dollars a gallon for fuel. If that would happen, I will lose a business. We could afford even run these boats, so we got to have a domestic oil."
Prood does not support deepwater drilling, but he thinks there's a sweet spot that's not too close to shore either. For NPR News, I'm Joshua Steward in Tampa.
Officials in Arizona report the number of people dying in the desert is on pace to set a record for a single month. Migrants just are counting to dessert heat as they tried to cross into the US illegally. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix. Mark Marion reports.
Since July 1st, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office in southern Arizona have received 40 bodies, enough to prompt to use of a refrigerated truck for the space to store some of them. At the current rate the county will surpass the single month record of 68 bodies recorded in 2005. Numbers for the first six months of the year are up dramatically as well. Officials attribute that to well above normal temperatures this spring combined with hidden border security. Arizona's new immigration law which allows police to ask people about their immigration status will enforce another law is scheduled to go into effect in less than two weeks. But there are lawsuits pending that could result in any junction. For NPR News. I'm Mark Marion in Phoenix.
About 40 miles east of Phoenix, three hikers are still missing in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. The men are from Utah while looking for the legendary Lost Dutchman Golden Mine. Their vehicle was spotted empty almost a week ago.
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Officials in Pakistan say at least 16 people were killed in an ambush on civilian vehicles in the northwestern region near the border with Afghanistan. The BBC's G reports there's been a number of recent attacks in the vow area.
Local officials said the group of civilians which included the women was traveling in a small convoy through the Kurram tribal area towards Peshawar. All of those killed are thought to be Shiite Muslims who've become particularly vulnerable to attack in this roadless and Shitte-dominated area. The road between Kurram and Peshawar has become a terrorist flashpoint. The direct route only takes few hours and that've been various attempts by the security forces recently to secure the road. But militant violence has continued with frequent attacks on Pakistani forces and on local Shiites. The BBC's G reporting.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he agree to direct peace talks with Israel if Israel accepts a future Palestinian state based on land occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967. President Obama's envoy to the region George Mitchell said a Palestinian state would be part of an ideal settlement.
"It also will include peace between Israel and Syria and normal isolations between Israel and all of the countries of the region."
Mitchell met today with Abbas and yesterday with Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu.
Tennis star Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot. Officials say she cut her foot last week on glass at a restaurant. No details were provided. She's to miss three tournaments leading to the US Open.
I'm Nora Raum. NPR News in Washington.

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