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10:18am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Thousands Ordered Evacuated, As Rain Continues To Pound Northeast

The headline of today's Philadelphia Enquirer says it all:

Enough already with rain!

Philadelphia along with the rest of the Northeast has had a period of intense rainfall that in some places extends 10 days since the tropical cyclone Irene worked its way across the region.

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9:54am

Thu September 8, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Growing Violence Clouds Afghanistan's Future

Alissa Rubin is a reporter for The New York Times. She is currently the Bureau Chief in Kabul. She was previously based in Baghdad.
The New York Times

August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. Sixty-six U.S. service members were killed, including 30 Americans who were shot down in a Chinook transport helicopter by the Taliban on August 6.

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9:05am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Kabul To Jalalabad: A Postcard From The Road

A predator drone in the Jalalabad sky.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

The road from Kabul to Jalalabad that NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne and I took earlier this week passes through some spectacular scenery — the road carves its way through the Kabul Gorge, between craggy, rock cliffs on one side and the Kabul River on the other –- often, a dizzying 1,000 feet below.

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8:28am

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Look Up! It's A Star In The Midst Of A Violent, Bright Death

These images show Type Ia supernova PTF 11kly, the youngest ever detected—over the past three nights.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Something violent is going on the night sky, right now. And scientists studying the phenomenon said yesterday that with a pair good binoculars or a telescope you can see a star in its final throes causing a spectacular explosion called a supernova.

Even though the star is 21 million light years away from Earth, the explosion is the closest and brightest astronomers have found in decades. Today will be its brightest night.

Reuters reports:

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7:43am

Thu September 8, 2011
Europe

Europe's Shaky Finances Rattle U.S. Economy

In 1999, the core European Union countries created a common currency, the euro, which is used by about 327 million Europeans.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

For nearly two years, the Greek debt crisis has been causing financial and political turmoil in Europe.

Now, the widening European troubles are undermining U.S. stock prices and increasing the odds of a global recession.

The crushing debt loads incurred by Greece, as well as Italy, Ireland and others, have "badly rattled global financial markets," Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, said Wednesday.

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