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Welcome back to the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. We are on digital FM Sirius Satellite Radio, online at, and on the couch - what are you doing on the couch? Bad listener! I'm Mike Pesca. Coming up, pups on Prozac. But first, let's get the latest news headlines from the BPP's Mark Garrison.


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MARK GARRISON: Thanks, Mike. Two soldiers missing in Iraq for more than a year have been found dead there. Gordon Dibler got the news about his stepson yesterday.

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Mr. GORDON DIBLER: You know, sometimes it would feel like, are they really looking? And then, of course, when the sergeant showed up today, sad to know, you know, of course they were, and that this was the result.

GARRISON: The soldiers disappeared in May, 2007 after an ambush. A promotion for a top U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, sailed through the Senate. A bipartisan vote confirmed him as top commander of all the U.S. forces in the Mideast. Petraeus designed a recent troop increase know as the surge. The Senate also confirmed his deputy to take Petraeus' old job as top Iraq commander.

With the ink still moist from the president's pen, civil-liberties activists are suing to challenge the law expanding government spying powers. Here's NPR's David Welna.

DAVID WELNA: As he signed it into law, President Bush hailed Congress' overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as landmark legislation vital for American security. He said it would also protect their liberties, but a group led by the American Civil Liberties Union sharply disagrees. They filed a lawsuit with a U.S. district court in Manhattan to block the new law from being implemented. Jameel Jaffer heads the ACLU's National Security Project.

Mr. JAMEEL JAFFER (Director, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union): The new law gives the government the power to conduct dragnet surveillance that has no connection to terrorism or criminal activity of any kind. In our view, a law like this is fundamentally inconsistent with the Constitution.

WELNA: The ACLU also separately filed a motion to make public any constitutional review of the new law done by the Secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

GARRISON: NPR's David Welna reporting. Brewer Anheuser-Busch has fought a takeover bid by a Belgian company, InBev, but things could be changing, at least according to a New York Times report. Time says Anheuser-Busch is in talks with InBev to let the deal go through. One source says InBev may sweeten the bill by paying more. No confirmations of a talk from either company.

Plans by the Food and Drug Administration to require suicide warnings on epilepsy drugs were rejected by an advisory committee. NPR's Joanne Silberner has more.

JOANNE SILBERNER: According to an FDA analysis, the drugs increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions by 80 percent. The agency issued a warning to physicians last January. It asked advisors about requiring a warning on the label as well for consumers to see. The committee voted 14 to 4 against a warning label. Committee members expressed concern a highlighted warning could scare people with epilepsy away from the drugs.

WELNA: NPR's Joanne Silberner with that story, and that's your news for now. It's online all the time at

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