Japanese Stocks Take a Plunge

Trailing the action on Wall Street last week, the Nikkei average lost about 376 points today.

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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Hey, welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. We're always available online at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin, in for Alison Stewart.

LUKE BURBANK, host:

And I am Luke Burbank.

Coming up, we're going to hear the story of an Iraqi man who sort of cast his lot with the U.S., and it looks like he might be paying the price. He's in exile now. He's hoping the U.S. will take him in. We've got NPR's Deborah Amos to tell us that story.

First though, let's hear about today's top stories from our guest newscaster who traveled all the way here to do two newscasts. So savor this - savor this flavor, everybody. It's Korva Coleman.

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KORVA COLEMAN: And good morning again, everybody.

Turkish authorities now say at least eight troops are missing from a weekend clash with Kurdish rebels. At least 12 Turkish soldiers died in a rebel attack on a military convoy. Turkey's parliament has voted to allow Turkish troops to pursue rebels over the border into northern Iraq. Despite U.S. and Iraqi government pressure not to do so, Turkey's president says he will take appropriate action when the time is right.

At least a dozen fires in Southern California have scorched more than 35,000 acres, leaving one person dead and several homes and other buildings destroyed, including a castle. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared seven counties disaster areas. Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao says there's one major reason the fire has spread.

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DOUALY XAYKAOTHAO: The problem is the wind. The National Weather Service clocked 50 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts, and officials say wind speeds could surpass that today. LA County Fire Chief Michael Freeman said the low humidity and lack of rain makes the canyon fire potentially very dangerous.

COLEMAN: That's a report from Doualy Xaykaothao in Los Angeles.

Thousands of people have evacuated, including all public elementary schools in Malibu, California.

Louisiana's governor-elect: 36-year-old Congressman Bobby Jindal. The Republican lawmaker bested a dozen other candidates. He will succeed Governor Kathleen Blanco next January. Jindal is the first Indian American chief executive here in the United States. He first ran for governor four years ago at a ripe old age of 32. His first state job was as Louisiana health care secretary when he was 24.

If you've got AT&T Wireless, you've now got access to Napster. The telecom company is offering Napster's entire music library to you at a cost of $1.99 per song. There's about five million songs to choose from. Yes, that's right, five million. You can transfer songs to your computer or upload any Napster song from your computer to your phone. But AT&T officials have yet to tell you which phones will work with the service. There's one phone they definitely won't work with, the iPhone, which supports Apple's iTunes service.

And I'm sorry, but it won't be the Cleveland Indians in the World Series this year, as everybody first thought. The Boston Red Sox crushed the Indians last night, 11 to 2. At the beginning of the series, Cleveland was actually ahead, three games to one, before choking. Now Boston will meet the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night for game one in the World Series. Who would have thunk? Tomorrow, the sun will probably rise in the west. Remember, the news is always online at npr.org.

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BURBANK: You know we've been working on kind of really tightening up our fact checking on the BPP, and I just want to know your sources on that whole sun thing. I mean, do you haveā€¦

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COLEMAN: Journalists never reveal their sources, Luke. You know that.

BURBANK: All right. Fair enough. Korva Coleman, thank you so much.

MARTIN: Thanks, Korva.

COLEMAN: You're welcome. Thanks, Rache.

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