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First Lady of Argentina Becomes President

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner replaces her husband as the nation's top official.


Welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. We are always available online at Hey, everybody, I'm Alison Stewart.


And I'm Luke Burbank.

Coming up, we're going to talk about man and machine love.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Not the gross kind, the vacuum cleaner kind.

STEWART: I said nothing.

BURBANK: Okay, that still sounds kind of gross. People who have become very, very attached to their little robotic vacuum cleaners, and even dress them up in pretty outfits. You'll want to stick around for that.

First though, we've got today's top stories from our own Rachel Martin.

BILL WOLFF (Announcer): This is NPR.

(Soundbite of music)

RACHEL MARTIN: Hey good morning, everyone. Argentina has elected its first woman president. Her name is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and this is what it sounded like yesterday when her supporters heard the election results.

Unidentified Man #2: (Spanish spoken) Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

(Soundbite of cheering)

MARTIN: Kirchner replaces her own husband, President Nestor Kirchner, as Argentina's leader. Nestor Kirchner announced earlier this year he would not seek reelection and would, instead, support his wife's candidacy. Critics say it's part of a ploy by the couple to try to alternate terms and extend their leadership.

Cristina Fernandez Kirchner easily beat out her rivals, winning well over 40 percent of the vote. Her election as Argentina's president comes 60 years after another famous political wife, Evita Peron, helped win women in Argentina the right to vote.

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog group said yesterday he has no evidence that Iran is actively working to build nuclear weapons. Mohammed ElBaradei leads the International Atomic Energy Agency. Speaking on CNN's Late Edition, ElBaradei said the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program has been exaggerated, and he's concerned about the growing rhetoric from the United States.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran of lying about the aim of its nuclear program.

And in other news close to the home, a fire at a beach house in North Carolina destroyed the building and left seven people dead. A dozen college students had gathered at the beach house in the town of Ocean Isle for a weekend getaway. Six of the seven students killed attended the University of South Carolina, six others survived. One witness described seeing three students sitting on the ground and screaming as the house burned and another jumping from a window into a nearby waterway.

Debbie Smith is the mayor of Ocean Isle.

Mayor DEBBIE SMITH (Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina): The whole community is devastated. We have not had this kind of tragedy at Ocean Isle ever. And that, you know, a fire is bad enough, the loss of life is what makes it so tragic.

MARTIN: The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Okay, hey, listen to this.

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Unidentified Man #2: You think it is over, but the games have just begun.

MARTIN: Oh, is that too scary for morning radio? Maybe. I think it's scary. That's part of the trailer from "Saw IV," and it wasn't nearly enough to frighten away movie goers this weekend - quite the opposite.

Horror fans flocked to see the Halloween perennial which led the box office with $32.1 million in ticket sales. Since the first "Saw" film became a horror sensation in 2004, Lions Gate has released a new chapter each October.

Debuting at number two this weekend was something a bit lighter. Disney's "Dan In Real Life," a romance starring Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche that took in $12.1 million.

Stay with us, we're going to talk more about "Saw IV" and how it has impacted, or not, the horror film industry as a whole.

That's the news and it's always online at

BILL WOLFF (Announcer): This is NPR.

STEWART: That is scary.

MARTIN: Very scary.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Thanks, Rachel.

BURBANK: All right, thank you, Rachel.

MARTIN: Thanks, and you're welcome.

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