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

Scathing words from President Obama to Republican leaders critical of his handling of US economy. NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports that during  an appearance in suburban Cleveland, Mr. Obama singled out House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.

President Obama parachuted into the backyard of the House Minority Leader John Boehner and he attacked him directly, mentioning Boehner at least eight times by name in the speech. These economic addresses by the president often take on a part in their tone. This is the first time here he has singled out one individual quite so emphatically by name, so many times in a single speech. Almost flaming Congressman Boehner as some sort of a bogeyman, of course Congressman Boehner was left remaining in charge of the House of Representatives before Republicans pick that in House November. And so the argument that President Obama made in Cleveland today was: all these are the people you want running Congress. NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

BP’s out with results of an internal probe into a rig explosion in April that led to the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. NPR’s Dan Charles reports that contractors who drill the well for BP are calling the report “misleading”.

The report points out eight failures either of equipment or of human judgment, cement that was supposed ceal the bottom of well didn’t, perhaps because that specific formulation wasn’t adequately tested at  high pressures. The drilling rig crew didn’t see or understand pressure readings that hinted that oil and gas are pushing up from below. And they didn’t react in time when those hydrocarbons actually started flowing. Also, the blowout preventer on the ocean floor didn’t work. The report immediately set off a dispute among the various companies that may share blame for the disaster. BP contractors like Halliburton which supplied the cement and Transocean which operated the drilling rig accuse BP of downplaying its own role. Dan Charles, NPR News, Washington.

Economic growth slowed over the summer in most regions of the US. That is according to reports compiled by the Federal Reserve. In its so-called “beige book”, NPR’s Anthony Brooks has details.

According to the US Federal Reserve, there were widespread signs that the economic growth is at ease throughout this summer months. The beige book, a compilation of anecdotes reports found signs of a modest growth in the five western districts: so Saint Luis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas and San Francisco. Growth was either mixed or slowed down altogether in five other areas: New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta and Chicago. According to the Fed, the biggest weakness were in real estate and construction. Home sales were also down, following the aspiration of homebuyer tax credits. But two areas of the country: Boston and Cleveland reported increases. The Boston Fed said high-tech companies, manufacturers and service-sector firms all reported increases in business. Anthony Brooks, NPR News, Boston.

On Wall Street, the Dow was up 46 points at last check at 10,387. This is NPR.

Researches are on for at least eight people since a wildfire broke out outside border of Colorado on Monday. That blazes scotched more than 700 rather 7,000 acres and destroyed at least 53 homes. Some of those homes belong to firefighters, more than a thousand people remain evacuated.

A new study finds Australia and New Zealand are the most charitable nations in the world. NPR’s Pam Fessler reports the United States ties for fifth place with Switzerland. 

The findings are based on Gallup Poll results from 153 nations, representing most the world’s population. Individuals were asked if they donated money or time to a charity or helped a stranger in the past month. Over all, 20% of people said they volunteer time; 30% gave money; 45% helped a stranger. Those numbers were substantially higher in the US. There was wide variety in the kinds of giving. In Liberia for example, very few people donated money, but more than 76% said they helped a stranger. The study also finds that the level of giving is tied more closely to the happiness of a country’s population than to its wealth. The report was released by the Charities Aid Foundation and International Giving Group. Pam Fessler, NPR News, Washington.

A Florida church appears unswayed by outcries from religious diplomatic and military leaders to drop its plans for burning copies of the Koran in protest Saturday the ninth anniversary of the of the 9/11 terror attacks. Critics warn the action will endanger the lives of American troops.

Last check on Wall Street: Dow was up 46 points at 10,387.

I’m Lakshmi Singh, NPR News, Washington.


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