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      John F. Kennedy's grave site sits on top of a hill, overlooking Washington. And there is a clear visual of line to the Lincoln Memorial. His grave sits beside Jacqueline, Patrick and daughter, and an eternal flame burns in the center. Liz Jones visiting from England says it's a bittersweet day to be visiting here.
      The index is a composite of monthly prices in 20 major markets and it appears to show recovery through most of the country. Of those major markets, only Las Vegas and Detroit continue to decline in June.
      President Obama has approved the creation of a special interrogation task force that would be dedicated to gathering intelligence from so-called high-value detainees suspected of terrorist activities. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
      More troops needed in Afghanistan, that's the message today from NATO military commanders to President Obama's envoy. A resurgent Taliban has taken hold in many areas thought to be stabilized by US forces in that country.
      Iraqi workers today use huge cranes to put up concrete walls around the Foreign Ministry and other government buildings targeted in suicide truck bombings that killed nearly 100 people three days ago.
      The claims by incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his main rival Abdullah Abdullah stoked tensions across this country as allegations of election fraud grew. In Kandahar, which is Karzai's home province, there were reports of filled ballot boxes even before the polls opened in five districts in two city polling centers.
      The Obama administration has confirmed plans to bring an end to the popular Cash for Clunkers program. In a statement, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says there's enough money to continue accepting submissions until the deadline this Monday evening.
      At least 95 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts in Baghdad today, hundreds were wounded. It was Iraq's bloodiest day of the year so far. In Washington, the Obama administration condemned the violence. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
      President Obama met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the White House today to discuss the possibility of restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. After their meeting, Mr. Obama expressed cautious optimism.
      President Obama says US military operations in Afghanistan are crucial to national security. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting, this is fundamental to the defense of our people.
      Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is indicating that the administration may have backed away from its insistence on a government insurance entity to help cover the tens of millions of Americans who do not currently have health insurance.
      A suicide bomber triggered a powerful blast outside NATO headquarters in Afghanistan's capital today. At least seven people were killed and nearly 100 others were injured. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Kabul.
      President Obama traveled to Montana today to promote his administration's health care initiative, telling an audience at a town hall meeting there that the news media may have bear some of the blame for overemphasis on scenes of angry protesters at other meetings across the country.
      The number of US households in some stage of foreclosure took another bump-up in July. The group RealtyTrac which maintains an extensive database of foreclosure activity nationwide says foreclosure filings last month were up 7% from the previous month, 32% from the same period a year ago.
      The interest rate setting arm of the Federal Reserve has wrapped up its two-day meeting in Washington, taking no action on a key overnight bank lending rate it controls.
      President Obama today took his health care proposal to a town hall style meeting in New Hampshire where the President told a mostly supportive crowd he will not sign any health care initiative that adds to the deficit. The President also said the proposal would contain strict guidelines to prohibit insurers from dropping coverage.
      The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States have wrapped up a brief summit meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico. President Obama also held a one-on-one meeting with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon where the two discussed the unprecedented wave of drug-related violence in Mexico.
      Divers have now recovered seven bodies from yesterday's midair collision of a helicopter and a small plane over the Hudson River in New York City. All nine people aboard the two aircraft are presumed dead. Wreckage of the helicopter was hoisted out of the river today. From member station WUNYC Marc Garber has more.
      Searchers are looking for the bodies of nine people who were aboard a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane that collided in midair over New York's Hudson River today. From member station WNYC, Marc Garber reports.
      The nation's job market shrank by 247,000 positions last month according to the Labor Department. That amounts to a 0.1% decline from June to July, the smallest in a year and another sign the recession might be easing. NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.
      The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.
      North Korea's official media agency says the country's leader, Kim Jong-Il, pardoned two jailed American reporters and ordered their release during a visit today with former President Bill Clinton.
      Several reports out today reinforce earlier indications that the economy is stabilizing. Construction spending in June beat expectations by climbing 0.3% over May. Manufacturing activity rose in July to the highest level in nearly a year.
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says in order for the nation to have a sustained economic recovery, the administration will have to reduce the massive federal budget deficit. NPR's Audie Cornish has the story.