By Mark Memmott
As our day begins, there's fresh -- and mildly encouraging -- news from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. In a new report, the global economic development agency concludes that:
Recovery from the global recession is likely to arrive earlier than had been expected a few months ago but the pace of activity will remain weak well into next year.
You can expect to hear more about the economy, and why the Obama administration believes its actions have helped turn things around, when Vice President Joe Biden speaks this morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Other news that's occurred overnight includes:
-- Word from the western Chinese city of Urumqi about more protests there. In July, ethnic clashes between the majority Han and ethnic Uighurs left about 200 people dead.
-- A vote by the Iranian parliament to approve President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new cabient. the ministers include "the first woman in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic," the BBC reports.
As for stories making headlines:
-- Morning Edition -- Obama Seeks To Regain Momentum On Health Care. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the administration's strategy and the address President Barack Obama will make before Congress next Wednesday:
Related story by The New York Times -- "Obama Aides Aim To Simplify And Scale Back Health Bills": "President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements."
Related story by Politico -- "Obama's Speech: High Risk, High Reward."
Related story on Morning Edition -- "Minnesota Experiment Puts Patient Health First." NPR's David Welna reports:
Related story on Morning Edition -- "Records Of Health Worker Misdeeds Kept Secret."
-- USA TODAY -- "Women Take Over The Workplace": "Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women's roles and massive job losses for men during this recession. Women held 49.83% of the nation's 132 million jobs in June and they're gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
Related story by The New York Times -- "A Reluctance To Retire Means Fewer Openings."
-- Los Angeles Times -- "Crews Probe Point Of Origin As Fire Marches East": "Fire investigators hunched under a scorched, 20-foot-tall oak tree off Angeles Crest Highway on Wednesday afternoon, using wire mesh sifters to search through the ash in an attempt to determine whether the largest brush fire in Los Angeles County history was deliberately set."
-- Morning Edition -- Haqqani Network Conducts Its Own Reign Of Terror In Afghanistan. The Haqqani Network is a terrorist group that is not as well known as the Taliban or al-Qaida. From its base in Pakistan, the group has mounted a series of sophisticated attacks in Afghanistan. NPR's Renee Montagne talks with terrorism expert Vahid Brown about the group:
One final thing to note: The body of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will be interred in a mausoleum this evening at Forest Lawn Glendale, just north of downtown Los Angeles. It's supposed to be a private ceremony.
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