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Deadly Attack In Kabul; Missile Defense System In Doubt; Terror Probe Continues

Good morning.

Several stories have broken since we signed off last night. Among them:

— The Associated Press — "Suicide Car Bomber Hits Italian Convoy In Kabul;" At Least 16 Killed: "A suicide car bomber attacked an Italian military convoy on a road in Afghanistan's capital Thursday, killing six Italian soldiers and 10 Afghan civilians, officials said. ... Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility, saying in a text message that they had ordered had carried out the suicide attack against foreign forces."

Also in Afghanistan — "Karzai Defends Afghan Vote."

The Denver Post — "FBI Searches Two Aurora Residences In Connection With Anti-Terror Probe": "Federal investigators released an Aurora man late Wednesday night after 8 1/2 hours of questioning in connection with a multi-state anti-terrorism investigation. Najibullah Zazi, 24, left the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building after 10:30 p.m. — but is scheduled to return this afternoon for another round of questioning, according to his attorney, Art Folsom. The move came after a day that saw federal agents raid Zazi's apartment and a house where his aunt and uncle live."

Related report from NPR's Dina Temple-Raston on Morning Edition: "Raids In N.Y., Denver Yield Questions, No Arrests":

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— The Associated Press — "Obama Scrapping Missile Shield" In Poland & Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Says: "The Czech prime minister says President Barack Obama has told him that the U.S. is abandoning plans to put a missile shield in the Czech Republic and Poland. Czech Premier Jan Fischer told reporters in Prague on Thursday that Obama phoned him to say that Washington has decided to scrap the plan that had deeply angered Russia."

Related reports — "Pentagon to announce major changes to missile defense system," Reuters says; "pool report" from Baghdad says that Vice President Joe Biden declined comment on the news.

— NPR News — Folk Singer Mary Travers Dies; She Was 72. NPR's Paul Brown reports:

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— NPR News — Actor/Comedian Henry Gibson Has Died; He Was 73. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates reports:

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As for other stories making headlines today, they include:

The Washington Post — Baucus' Bill "May Weather The Blows": "On the surface, it appears that no one is happy with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — and that may be the best news President Obama has had in months. Within minutes of the release of the Senate Finance Committee chairman's long-awaited health-care reform bill Wednesday, the attacks started flying. ... But behind the rhetorical fireworks was a sense that the fragile coalition of major industry leaders and interest groups central to refashioning the nation's $2.5 trillion health-care system remains intact."

Related story by The New York Times — "Magic Number For Democrats In Senate On Health Bill Is 60": "The unveiling of a compromise health care proposal has Senate Democrats pondering a daunting mathematical challenge: how to keep all 59 Democrats united and attract at least one Republican to pass an overhaul measure."

Related story on Morning Edition — "Republicans Who Helped Craft Health Bill Don't Endorse It". NPR's David Welna reports:

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Politico — "In The Race From Race, Democrats Rebut Jimmy Carter": "Jimmy Carter is 84 years old and three decades removed from the White House, but he still has the power to make Democrats run. Away from him, that is. From the White House to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Democrats raced to distance themselves from the former president's claim that racism was behind Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie" outburst and other attacks on President Barack Obama."

New Haven RegisterArrest "Imminent" In Death Of Yale Grad Student.

Coming up later today: The Census Bureau releases figures on August housing construction, at 8:30 a.m. ET; President Barack Obama holds a health care rally in College Park, Md., starting around 11:40 a.m. ET.

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