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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh.
Europe is in the throws of unprecedented flight disruptions for a third day because of a growing ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland this week. At least 17 countries have shut down their airspace. Frank Browning reports travelers are scrambling to find other ways of getting to their destinations.
At least 15 million people have had their travel plans disrupted since the airports began closing Thursday and it could be several days before the repercussions of the shutdown are sorted out. Travelers as far away as Bangkok have found themselves trapped and unable to return home. Some airports in Norway have reopened. Full service at Europe's two majorhubs, London Heathrow and Paris's Charles de Gaulle may not be fully restored even until the first of the week. Despite the ten-day on rail strike in France, French rail has managed to add international train service toward Britain, Belgium and Holland. Airlines have not committed to reimbursing travelers who are in use tickets. For NPR News, I'm Frank Browning.
NPR's Joe Palca is in Iceland where he and a team of scientist got a close uplook today as the ash plume raking havoc across the continent.
This is astounding, I have to say it made me think of "Lord of the Rings" when they go into the temple, I mean, the valley of doom whatever Mordor was like this end of the earth kinda thing. This completely black cloud settled down over the road. And the two scientists, two women that I have been traveling with, were across the road from me, and it’s not a wide road and I couldn't see them at all. NPR's Joe Palca.
The flight disruptions in Europe are affecting world leaders’ plans to fly to Poland this weekend for a State Funeral. The latest cancellation comes from President Obama. Details from NPR's Allison Keyes.
In a statement, President Obama says he’s spoken with Poland’s Acting President Komorowski and told him he regrets not being able to make it to Poland due to the volcanic ash that's disrupting air travel over Europe. Mr. Obama added that he and his wife Michelle continued to have the Polish people in their thoughts and prayers, and will support them in anyway they can as they recover from this terrible tragedy. President Obama went on to call the late President Kaczynski a patriot and closed friend and ally of the United States. Some other world leaders, including the Canadian Prime Minister, the King of Spain and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also been forced to cancel their travel plans because of the ash. Allison Keyes, NPR News, the White House.
The Poland still plans to hold its State Funeral for President Lech Kaczynski who was among 96 people killed in a plane crash a week ago. Today Poles marked that tragic moment.
A memorial service held today for the 96 victims in that crash. Their names were read aloud and for one minute sirens wail to mark the moment Poland's president and many other members of Poland's political elite were killed.
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Toyota says its own engineers have confirmed a potentially dangerous problem with one of its Lexus SUVs. NPR's Martin Kaste has details.
On Tuesday, consumer reports ... this GX460 showed a handling problem that might cause the vehicle to roll over on tight, fast turns. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons says the company immediately took the problem seriously.
We contacted / them to get the details of their driving evaluation. And Tuesday night in the United States what would be Wednesday morning in Japan we began attempting to replicate that driving procedure. We have sense of being able to duplicate that condition and we are evaluating potential remedies at this point time.
Lyons says the problem affects 5,400 SUVs in the US, some are already sold, others still on dealer lots. Toyota has suspended sales of the model while tries to come up with the fix. Martin Kaste, NPR News.
President Obama says financial firms need to be held more accountable for the bad decisions they make. He uses his Internet radio address this week to make the case for new rules. The president has long argued for sweeping change to the financial regulatory system, that he says, / should prevent risky practices and avoid another financial meltdown.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor slams Congress’ / Democratic leaders for passing a string of measures, that he says, will cost taxpayers nearly dearly rather over the next decade. In the Republican Party address, Cantor says Congress has / enacted 25 tax increases, that he says, will cost small businesses and individuals nearly 700 billion dollars over ten years.