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From NPR news in Washington, I’m Lakshmi Singh.

Fighting words from President Obama in Milwaukee today is Democrat’s face stiff election year competition over his handling of economy. At the Milwaukee Labor fest in Wisconsin today, the President describes his critics more talk than action.

“So powerful industries has been dominating the agenda from Washington for a long time, and they are not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That’s not of my prepared remarks, it’s just, but it’s true.”

Confronted with a high unemployment rate, the President is proposing more infrastructure investments. NPR’s Jeff Bready reports that ahead of this announcement, Labor secretary Hilda Solis heavily promoted the plan on NBC.

The administration wants congress to prove a huge new transportation plan to stimulate the economy. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was on the Today show to talk about the plan.

“About 50 billion dollars for highway, highspeed rail, transportation projects that we really need to concentrate on. That would put people back to work immediately.”

The plan cost for rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads as well as 150 miles of airport runways and high-speed rail projects. Solis says individual elements already have been shown to have bipartisan support in congress. Still, Republican leaders are skeptical. In this mid-term  election year, they say more spending is not the solution the country needs to jump start this sputtering economy. Jeff Bready, NPR news.

Later protesters are underway across French. They are over the government’s plan to raise the retirement age. NPR’s Felipe Breeze in Paris says they are expected to cause widespread disruption.

France’s labor unions hope several million people will turn up in the streets to oppose the government’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Strikes across the country are expected to cause considerable disruption, especially to schools and public transport. The protests will last 24 hours. They began this evening local time with mass demonstrations planned for tomorrow. The French President Nicola Sarkozy appears unmoved by all this. He believes raising the retirement age is essential if France is to plug massive future deficit in its pension system. Yet this is a turbulent time for the unpopular Sarkozy. These strikes follow weekend protests across France over the government’s repatriation this summer of hundreds of Roma people, Egyptians to Bulgaria and Romania. Felipe Breeze, NPR news, Paris.

A hurricane watches in an effect for the coast of Texas and Mexico in the Gulf because of tropical storm Hermine. Forecasters say the storm has topped sustain winds of 60 miles per hour and may grow into a hurricane before makes landfall possibly by tomorrow morning. The watch issued today covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay.

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The boulders are cleared out what’s left of a police station that was the site of a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan today. At least, 17 people were killed, including school children. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for this attack. It was the third in Pakistan under a week, adding to pressure the country’s already feeling from the recent floods. The UN is appealing for hundreds of millions of dollars more in humanitarian aid.

A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry claims that hallucinogens can be used to reduce anxiety in patients with late stage cancer. NPR’s Alix Spiegel has the story.

Three decades researchers have shyed a way from doing medical experiments with hallucinogens. The practice could get bad raps in the 70s. But according to the California’ Psychiatry behind this study, hallucinogens' of promise and shouldn’t be abandoned. This study, though, is small, very small - only 12 people. Patients with advanced cancer and high anxiety levels, injested of their capsuled silicide or placebo, and then they were given psychological tests, including a test which measured oceanic boundlessness. The patients were tested periodically for the next six months. According to the researchers, six months later, patients who took the real drugs scored lower on anxiety. Again though the tests is very small so more research would be needed. Alix Spiegel, NPR news, Washington.

US markets are closed for the holiday but trading overseas ill some modest skins - major indexes in Europe have risen a third of a percent today.

I’m Lakshmi Singh, NPR news, in Washington.


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