By Mark Memmott

There's already been breaking news from Afghanistan and Pakistan, as we reported a short time ago, about deadly attacks in Kabul and Peshawar.

As for other stories making headlines, they include:

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of the most powerful politicians in Kandahar, speaks about the need for more combat operations in his office in Kandahar city, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/A.R. Khan, CP)

Ahmed Wali Karzai. (A.R. Khan/AP)

-- New York Times -- "Brother Of Afghan Leader Said To Be On CIA Payroll": "Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years," say current and former U.S. officials.

Related conversation on Morning Edition -- The Times' Mark Mazzetti tells NPR's Renee Montagne that Ahmed Wali Karzai has long been rumored to be involved in Afghanistan's drug trade, but might be of use to the CIA in peeling militants away from the Taliban:

-- San Francisco Chronicle -- "Bay Bridge Closed After Repair Falls Apart": "Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge's cantilever section made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing the indefinite closure of the region's busiest bridge."

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-- USA TODAY -- Year Later, Poll Shows Changed Views On Obama: "As the anniversary of the election approaches, the tidal wave of hope that swept (President Barack) Obama into office has ebbed and some perceptions of the president have changed, the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. He's seen more as a down-the-line liberal, less as someone who can bridge partisan divides. Still, he retains a fair share of voter regard and his approval rating, while no longer in the stratosphere of those early days, remains at 50% or just above in Gallup's daily survey. A year later, it's a wait-and-see nation."

-- Morning Edition -- Bill And Melinda Gates Make The Case For More Global Health Aid. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife Melinda talk with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the aid work they do. Bill Gates fires back at critics who say too much aid makes some nations too dependent. "I think it's pretty outrageous to say that you ought to wait some years to create a few hundred jobs, and let hundreds of thousands of children die," he says:

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7:45 - October 28, 2009