By Mark Memmott
There was breaking news earlier from San'a, Yemen, where British ambassador Timothy Torlot survived what authorities believe was suicide bomb attack aimed at his convoy. Torlot was not injured. The attacker died.
Other stories making headlines this morning include:
-- WWNO in New Orleans -- "Oil Spill Could Take Months To Contain": "About 42,000 gallons of crude oil is leaking daily from a well nearly a mile below the surface. It had been attached to a drilling platform that exploded into a fireball Tuesday before sinking 36 hours later. The Deepwater Horizon platform was operated by Transcocean of Houston for BP. BP is in charge of cleanup. Executive Doug Suttles said if remote-control equipment can't stop the oil, engineers are working on a way to put a containment dome over the leak." Eleven of the rig's workers remain missing and are presumed dead.
Related report from WWNO's Eileen Fleming for the NPR newscast:
From a related report by the Houston Chronicle: "High waves and stiff winds, meanwhile, kept oil skimmers and other environmental cleanup vessels back at port in Venice, La., for the better part of Sunday, allowing the oil slick to widen to about 600 square miles. Those same heavy weather conditions were keeping the sheen safely away from the Louisiana coast, though some communities had deployed booms around particularly fragile shorelines as a precautionary measure."
-- Politico -- "Wall Street Showdown" Looms On Floor Of Senate" "Even as both sides closed in on a Wall Street reform deal, Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that Democrats will fail to push the overhaul bill through the chamber Monday. That sets up a sharply partisan -- but potentially short-lived -- showdown on the Senate floor."
Related report by the Associated Press -- Shelby Sees "No Deal On Financial Overhaul Before Vote": "The lead Republican in negotiations with Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd on financial overhaul legislation says no agreement is likely before a key Senate floor vote Monday afternoon. Sen. Richard Shelby said 'I don't believe we'll have a deal today,' although he also noted that the two sides had set a meeting for early afternoon. The Alabama Republican predicted on ABC's Good Morning America that a measure ultimately will be passed because both Republicans and Democrats understand the agitation among voters for something to be done about high-risk business practices."
Related story on Morning Edition -- "Senate Panel To Hear From Goldman Sachs Executives": "Goldman Sachs executives face a Senate panel that's looking at the causes of the financial crisis Tuesday. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin accuses the company of profiting from the crisis, even as it sold some of the risky investments that brought on the collapse. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed fraud charges against Goldman. At issue is whether Goldman mislead investors." NPR's Yuki Noguchi talks with ME host Steve Inskeep:
-- The Charleston Gazette -- "Obama Honors Dead Miners": "Thousands sang and prayed at a public memorial service in Beckley on Sunday, remembering the 29 coal miners who died in the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County. With the miners' families sitting up front at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, President Obama delivered the eulogy. He pledged to ensure safe working conditions underground, but said, 'We cannot bring back the 29 men we lost'."
Related report on Morning Edition -- Obama Says Nation Will Honor Men's Memories By Improving Safety. NPR's Don Gonyea reports:
-- The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss. -- "Everything's Gone"; Recovery Work Begins After Deadly Weekend Storms: The worst storms since Hurricane Katrina in September 2005 left 10 people dead in Mississippi. Tornadoes ripped apart communities several communities in Yazoo and Choctaw counties. "Everything's gone," said Doug Kirk of Yazoo City.
From a related story by the Associated Press: There were two storm-related deaths in Alabama.