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The Senate s passed legislation to help create jobs. The bill includes federally subsidized bonds for public works in 20 billion dollars to keep highway building projects going. NPR s David Welna reports it also gives tax breaks to employers who hire the long-term unemployed.
The jobs bill goes to President Obama with the votes of 11 Senate Republicans, the only Democrat voting against it was Nebraska s Ben Nelson. The bill costs 17. 5 billion dollars that will be paid through tougher rules on reporting assets held abroad. The main thing the bill does is exempting employers from paying payroll texes on new hires who have been without work for two months or more. The sponsor of that provision, New York Democrat Charles Schumer. "As we begin to growing the economy, there are a good number of employers who say, you know, maybe I should hire a personnel. I'm beginning to see orders, I'm beginning to see growth. The payroll tax holiday pushes them over the edge.
Another jobs related bill remains Stalled in Congress over differences and how it s funded. Democrats promise more jobs bills in coming weeks. David Welna, NPR News, the Capitol.
The president also wants support for his health care overhaul legislation from a Liberal House member. Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio who had previously opposed the overhaul bill has changed his mind. Kucinich says it s not what he wants but it s instead toward its goal of limiting health care costs for Americans.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still waiting to hear from Israel s prime minister about steps he could take to restore confidence in the peace process with the Palestinians. NPR s Michele Kelemen reports.
In a nearly 45-minute call last week, Clinton criticized Israeli plan to build 1, 600 housing units in East Jerusalem and she urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do something to show his commit to making peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu still hadn t called her back by the time she got on a plane to Moscow for a meeting of would-be Middle-East peacemakers, Russian, the US, United Nations and European Union. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said there is no deadline for Israeli response and Clinton is in just waiting by the phone. But State Department officials had expected a call by now. US envoy George Mitchell delayed a trip to the region. He was hopping to start indirect talks between the Israelis and Palestinians this week. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Washington.
Prosecutors in Pakistan have charged five Americans with planning terrorist attacks. The young men are also accused of conspiring to wage war against Pakistan s allies. The Americans pleaded not guilty. They came to attention last November after their families reported them missing to US authorities. One of the young men have left a farewell video depicting war scenes and saying Muslims should be defended. All the young men are Muslims.
On Wall Street just before the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 47 points at 10, 732. The NASDAQ was up 11.
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Chinese companies selling advertising space on Google s search pages have send the company an impassioned letter, it reminding redress its search engine pulls out of China. NPR s Louisa Lim reports from Shanghai.
The letter is signed by 27 Chinese companies who sell ads space on Google s Chinese search pages. It spells out the cost of the Google s threatened departure from China, saying that tens of thousands of Chinese employees have focused on selling advertising space for the search engine. Two months ago, Google threatened it would leave China over hacking attacks and said it might lift censorship of its Chinese search engine. But so far, it has not acted. The letter calls for cloudy about Google s future saying the countdown certainty is hurting business. It calls for Google to spell out what compensation it will offer when company listed its signature to the letter told NPR that Google s departure will destroy 1/3 of its business. A statement from Google said that the company is reviewing the letter. NPR's Louisa Lim, NPR News, Shanghai.
The Emergency Financial manager for Detroit schools wants to close 44 city schools. Robert Bobb says that s about a quarter of the system schools. He says Detroit will lose about 30, 000 students over the next five years. The Emergency Financial manager wants to renovate other Detroit schools and consolidate some more.
Volunteers are still laying sand bags along the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota and they move head Minnesota. The National Weather Service is warning the river will crest above flood stage this weekend by as much as 20-feet. Last spring, the river crested twice, damaged dozens of homes in both states and remained above flood stage for two months.