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Coming up, Mounties are live in the studio, peaking into the control room right now.

But first, let's hear about today's top stories from the BPP's Laura Conaway.

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LAURA CONAWAY: Good morning again.

Riots broke out minutes - literally minutes - after Kenya announced the winner in its presidential election Sunday. The incumbent winner of the election, Mwai Kibaki, hails from one tribe. His opponent, Raila Odinga, is from another. After Kibaki was made the winner, thousands poured out of shanty towns and began smashing shacks and setting fires. Rioters dragged members of rival tribes out of their houses and beat them to death.

NPR's Gwen Thompkins has this report.

GWEN THOMPKINS: Just after the announcement was made, I was there at Kibera, and the people there were irate. They were saying that the election had been stolen. I saw scores and scores of young men with very big sticks, some with machetes, some with pocketknives, some with bricks, and they were all trying to get out of Kibera and take to the streets. Others were knocking down the stalls in the market areas.

The police were on the scene. They were sealing the slum. I also went to an area that was as stronghold of Mr. Kibaki, the incumbent, who's just been sworn in today. And that area wasn't filled with people who were gloating, per se. It was filled with people who looked like they were getting ready to be attacked by somebody else. And they said that they were ready for the attack.

CONAWAY: That was NPR's Gwen Thompkins.

Washington D.C.'s troubled school system spent a pile of money it didn't need and couldn't afford on its creaking heating system, according to this morning's Washington Post. Harmful minerals in the water aid away at the pipes of the ancient boilers. And those minerals could have been taken out for just $100,000 a year. They weren't. School administrators say they never had the money. Meanwhile, they faced bills for emergency repairs of $10 million this year alone.

GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani joins his rivals in trying to show his stuff after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. Giuliani has been campaigning in New Hampshire ahead of the state's January 8th primary vote.

Mr. RUDY GIULIANI (Former Mayor, New York; Republican Presidential Candidate): When a horrible event like the assassination of Mrs. Bhutto in Pakistan takes place, it does remind everyone that there is this terrorist threat that can strike, it seems, almost anywhere in different ways.

CONAWAY: Other candidates for president have used the assassination of Bhutto to stress issues ranging from their experience in dealing with foreign policy to their tough stands on illegal immigration.

And in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers for their 13th straight win.

That's the news for now. It's always online at npr.org.

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