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Obama And Jobs; Paying For Afghan Security; And Paramedics Return to Tiger Woods' Home

Good morning, it's Tuesday, December 8, 2009, and here are some items news junkies may find of interest.

President Obama makes remarks later today on the nation's economy, specifically, how to create new jobs. Although many fewer jobs were cut in November, economists say there's no way the US economy can return to full health until more people are working, and therefore, shopping. One idea under discussion: since bailed out banks are quickly repaying federal money they got to stay afloat, perhaps the government could use these dollars to for some kind of stimulus effort or, as conservatives wish, to pay down the budget deficit. NPR's Jim Zarroli explains today on Morning Edition:

At least 112 people died in five car bombs in Baghdad today and 400 people are hurt. NPR reporters in the Iraqi capital say they could hear the blasts from where they were. NPR's Corey Flintoff has sound of one of the attacks: he reports all the bombs occurred near government buildings.

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Kabul talking with Afghan leaders
. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country can't possibly start footing the whole cost for its own security force until nearly 2025.

And news reports say a woman has been taken by ambulance from the home of golfer Tiger Woods to a local hospital in Florida. Her identity and condition aren't known, but speculation and contradiction abound, with one report saying the woman has been on life support and a completely different one saying she's left the hospital.

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