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The latest headlines.

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Hey, welcome back to the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. We're so many places. Digital, FM, Sirius Satellite Radio, and online, of course, at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin.

ALISON STEWART, host:

And I'm Alison Stewart. Coming up, a man who travels very slowly, and a man who writes very short stories. But first, let's get some news headlines.

BILL WOLFF: This is NPR.

MARTIN: Thanks, Alison. The Los Angeles Times is apologizing this morning for using documents that were apparently fabricated. They used them in a story about the 1994 shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur. Here's NPR's David Folkenflik.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: Shakur survived that assault, but it sparked a clash that ended in the deaths of some of the biggest names in hip-hop. The LA Times reported earlier this month that one of those rappers, Sean Combs, knew about the attack in advance, and that it was arranged by some people attempting to curry favor with him. The Los Angeles Times said it relied on interviews with key figures from the attacks, and on FBI documents.

Combs has denied the claim, and now TheSmokingGun.com says those FBI files looked fishy. The website published a lengthy rebuttal that says one of the key figures, James Sabatino, is an accomplished con-man and liar who could not have done all the things that the record suggests. Sabatino is currently serving time on federal charges.

MARTIN: NPR's David Folkenflik reporting. The Florida state legislature has issued a formal apology for the state's history of slavery. The resolution passed overwhelming in the Senate and the House yesterday. Florida State Senator Arthenia Joyner says she cried while listening to historic readings that detailed the cruelty of slavery.

State Senator ARTHENIA JOYNER (Democrat, Florida): It was penetrating. It was painful, and I just tried to imagine what it was like to have lived in that era.

MARTIN: Florida Governor Charlie Crist called the apology a significant step towards reconciliation.

Buddhist monks disrupted a news conference organized by Chinese government officials in Tibet for a handpicked group of foreign journalists. The government-sponsored media tour marked the first time reporters had been allowed back into Tibet following anti-Chinese riots earlier this month. Here's the BBC's Dan Griffiths.

DAN GRIFFITHS: According to reports from some of the journalists on the trip to Lhasa, the protests happened during a visit to a temple in the city. A group of about 30 monks shouted that Tibet was not free. They also said the Dalai Lama was not behind the recent riots in Lhasa.

The Chinese government has blamed the violence on the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and his followers. Government minders who are traveling with the journalists tried to pull the reporters away during the monks' demonstration. During their tour of Lhasa, the foreign journalists say they saw many burnt out buildings and soldiers on every corner in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa.

MARTIN: The BBC's Dan Griffiths in Beijing. Finally, more Americans are heading towards sunnier weather. According to the latest results from the U.S. census of the 50 fastest growing metro areas in 2006, 27 were in the South, and 20 were in the West. Dallas-Fort Worth saw the biggest jump. It added more than 162,000 people between July 2006 and July 2007.

Atlanta came in second, followed by Phoenix. Experts credit strong local economies and affordable housing prices for the growth in the South, but not every city is seeing an increase. Detroit, Michigan, lost more people than any other metro area - a drop of more than 27,000.

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