The economy, as we just reported, is on lots of minds again as the new week gets going. Federal Reserve policymakers gather tomorrow and are expected to talk about whether they may need to be more aggressive about trying to get things moving again.
As for other stories making headlines, they include:
— DAWN.com — U.N. Says Flood Crisis In Pakistan Is Bigger Than Tsunami, Haiti Earthquake: "The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed the combined total in three recent megadisasters - the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake - the United Nations said Monday. The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the Pakistani government estimates that over 13 million people have been affected — two million more than the other disasters combined."
Related data from the U.N.: Maps, other documents about the crisis in Pakistan.
Flood survivors line up for food supplies in Nowshera, Pakistan, on Sunday.
— Los Angeles Times — "Slain American Workers Were Devoted To Service": "They were a disparate group of American altruists who had long cared for the poor and ailing, thrown together on a mission to provide medical help in the most daunting and needy of places. Last week, the six Americans were among 10 volunteers shot to death in a remote swath of Afghanistan while returning from an aid mission, a tragic end to their years of risk-laden service in the war-ravaged and impoverished nation."
Related story by The Guardian — "Karen Woo's Fiance Identifies Her Body After Afghanistan Murder": "The fiance of Karen Woo, the British doctor killed in the ambush of aid workers in northern Afghanistan, had the harrowing task today of identifying her body just two weeks before they were due to wed. The remains of Woo and the bodies of nine other aid workers, including six Americans and a German, were flown back by helicopter to Kabul where many of them will be buried in the city's only Christian graveyard."
Related story on Morning Edition — "Taliban Return To Northern Afghanistan": "Violence in southern Afghanistan, heartland of the Taliban, is expected. But some of the new U.S. troops surging into the country this year are being sent north, to areas previously thought to be free of Taliban influence."
— The New York Times — "Students Spared Amid An Increase In Deportations": "The Obama administration, while deporting a record number of immigrants convicted of crimes, is sparing one group of illegal immigrants from expulsion: students who came to the United States without papers when they were children."
— BBC News — Mia Farrow Testifies That Naomi Campbell Said Liberia's Taylor Gave Her 'Huge Diamond': "Actress Mia Farrow has testified that model Naomi Campbell said she got a 'huge diamond' from men sent by ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor. Ms Farrow's testimony directly contradicts Ms Campbell's account that she received two or three stones and did not know who sent them."
— The Associated Press — "Oscar-Winning Actress Patricia Neal Dies At Age 84": "Patricia Neal, the willowy, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award for 1963's Hud and then survived several strokes to continue acting, died on Sunday. She was 84. Neal had lung cancer and died at her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, said longtime friend Bud Albers of Knoxville."