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Rental Homes For Joplin Victims; Obama Taps New Joint Chiefs Chairman

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If you're just getting going after the holiday weekend and need a quick recap of the top news:

— "Joplin Victims Offered Existing Homes": "Some of the people left homeless by the Joplin tornado could be placed in rental homes nearly an hour's drive away, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will consider bringing in trailers, as it did for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, if enough homes are not available." (The Associated Press)

"Obama Taps Army General To Lead Joint Chiefs": "President Barack Obama Monday nominated Army General Martin Dempsey to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Navy Admiral James Winnefeld to be Vice Chairman." (All Things Considered)

Gadhafi Refuses To Leave, South African President Says: "Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is not prepared to leave Libya but will press efforts to find a political solution to the country's conflict, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday." (Reuters) [Note: NPR follows AP style on the spelling of Gadhafi's name. Other news outlets use different spellings.]

— Endeavour Prepares To Return: Space shuttle Endeavour, now on its last mission, is on schedule to land Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the pre-dawn hours. (NASA.gov)

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