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Tue September 6, 2011
Top Stories: Wildfires; Obama's Ratings; Postal Service's Losses
Wildfires continue to blaze in parts of central and northeast Texas, as we reported earlier. There are so many and they're moving so fast, in fact, that NPR's Wade Goodwyn says there just aren't enough firefighters and aircraft to battle them all effectively.
We'll keep an eye on developments there this week.
Meanwhile, other stories making headlines this morning include:
-- "Voter Discontent Deepens Ahead Of Obama Jobs Plan": "President Barack Obama this week will try to launch a political comeback amid the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and a growing sense of economic foreboding here and across the country among voters who are increasingly questioning their president's skills and priorities." (The Wall Street Journal)
-- "Postal Service Warns It Could Lose $10 Billion This Year": "The U.S. Postal Service could lose up to $10 billion and have little more than a week's worth of money left in the bank when its fiscal year ends Sept. 30, the nation's top postmaster will tell Congress Tuesday. Postal officials are hoping the latest numbers will finally compel lawmakers to grant them new legal authority to alter delivery schedules, close post offices and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers." (The Washington Post)
-- Convoy Of Gadhafi Fighters Enters Niger: "An armed convoy of about 50 vehicles from Libya has crossed over the southern desert border into Niger," the BBC writes. It adds that the convoy "is believed to be carrying mainly Tuareg fighters" who had been paid by ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to fight for his regime. Gadhafi's whereabouts are not known
Related headline: "Libyan Rebels Threaten To Invade Bani Walid." (Morning Edition)
-- "European Stocks Rebound From Two-Day Tumble": "European stocks gained [today] after the Euro Stoxx 50 Index's biggest two-day drop since 2008 left it trading at the cheapest in more than two years. U.S. index futures pared earlier losses and Asian shares dropped." (Bloomberg News)