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NPR News in Washington. I'm Jack Speer.

President Obama is praising the fact that lawmakers appear to be moving towards approval of a small business jobs bill and while the president blasted those he says he is standing in the way that's planned to extend tax cuts for middle income households. Speaking at the White House today, Mr. Obama said the country simply cannot afford to extend cuts for the wealthiest American households.  Individuals earning more than 200,000 dollars a year and households with incomes about 250,000 dollars annually.

"700 billion dollars to give a tax cut worth an average of 100,000 to millionaires and billionaires. And it's a tax cut economists say would do little to add momentum to our economy. Now I just don't believe this makes any sense."

That's made it allow in all the Bush area tax cuts to continue cost the government roughly 3.6 trillion dollars over ten years.

World Trade Organization has warned the Boeing company is receiving illegal government subsidies, but NPR's Schaper reports US and European sources differ over the impact of the ruling.

US sources familiar with the case confirm that the WTO has issued a preliminary and confidential ruling that some government researches and development grants tax rated infrastructures support provided to Boeing in recent years violate international trade laws. European trade officials are claiming victory. But the US sources claim the amount of support for Boeing ruled to be illegal is far less than the European Union subsides given to Airbus that the WTO ruled to be illegal back in June. Chicago based Boeing and its European rival Airbus have been battling for years over the subsides that both claim how the other gain is unfair competitive advantage in the worldwide commercial airplane market. And there is a lot of stake, it's a market estimated to be worth three trillion dollars over the next couple of decades. David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.

The Obama Administration says oil and gas companies must plug thousands of old wells and dismantle unused production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. NPR's Jeff Brady says new rules have been expected even before BP's disaster like Horizon disaster.

The industry calls that thousands of unused wells, platforms and pipelines. Equipment want to produce oil and gas but now just sits there. Companies have been reluctant to dismantle some of the equipment because it might be used again some day. But federal regulators worry the equipment could become damaged, especially during storms. The new rules say that the well that's been active for five years must be permanently plugged and production platforms that aren't being used have to be dismantled in a timely manner. The rules affect nearly 3,500 wells and 650 platforms. A spokeswoman for the American Petroleum too says the new rules were expected and for most companies complying with them want to be an issue. Jeff Brady, NPR News.

Stock move higher today, the remaining with a fairly narrow trading range as the government announces the nation's mine factories' utilities were a bit busier last month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climb 46 points, the NASDAQ was up 11 points today.

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A federal appeals court announced today it has rejected an Indian tribe's challenge to a bridge project intended to restore the health of Everglades in South Florida. Three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling the federal courts do not have jurisdiction over the tribe's claims. Tribe had claimed the projects west of Miami violated environmental laws and would cause flood in nearby lands. The mile-long bridge is intended to improve waterflow in the Everglades.

Known for his sardonic wit, longtime newsman Edwin Newman has died. Newman was a steady presence on NBC for more than three decades beginning in the 1950s. He was 91, NPR's Elizabeth Blair has more.

Edwin Newman did it all. He reported the news, analyzed it and gave his opinions about it. He interviewed heads of state, athletes and artists. Newman was the first to the report President John F. Kennedy's assassination on NBC radio. The next day, he delivered a personal commentary on NBC TV.

"One's first feeling of course was that it was a dream, not real. After that came the dispiriting and hopeless feeling that it was banal and absurdity and that is the feeling that persists."

Edwin Newman wrote best-selling books on language and how it's abused on a daily basis. But he also wrote that a world without mistakes would unquestionably be less fun. Edwin Newman died of pneumonia in Oxford, England. Elizabeth Blair, NPR News, Washington.

In an effort to capture more of international freight businesses, giant UPS already known for is brown trucks and large fleet of planes announces it will begin offering ocean freight service. The Atlantic-based package shipper says the new services already available between US and Japan with plans expand to other parts of Asia over the next six months.

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.


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