Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion : The Two-Way Also: Five people killed in shooting south of Seattle; Taliban take hostages after helicopter crashes; rescue teams work to reach earthquake victims in China; fliers brace for flight delays due to FAA furloughs.
NPR logo Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion

Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Boston Bombings: Monday's Developments; (our running coverage).

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good.

Book News: E.L. Konigsburg, 'Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' Author, Dies.

Other stories making headlines:

— "Plant Explosion Unites Small Texas Community." (Morning Edition)

— "5 Dead In Shooting South Of Seattle." (The Associated Press)

— Taliban Takes Hostages After Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing. (CNN.com)

Related details from NPR's Sean Carberry in Kabul: "The Turkish government says there were eight Turks, an Afghan interpreter, and two pilots on board the civilian charter flight."

— In China, "Rescue Teams Blast Roads Amid Aftershocks" Following Weekend's Earthquake. (BBC News)

— "Fliers On Watch For Delays From FAA Furloughs." (USA Today)

— "Hearing To Continue Monday In Ricin Letters Case." (The Associated Press)