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From NPR News in Washington, I am Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can't cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. Altogether, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen delegates for Republicans Mike Huckabee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination race between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish, NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify at tomorrow's congressional hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear. Star pitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tomorrow's hearing released a statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Knoblauch, and convicted drug distributor Kirk Radomski were being dropped from the witness list. Pettitte and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH anabolic steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections; Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in Congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldman, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS journalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intensive search is underway for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the journalists but said all efforts are underway to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average rose by 4 points, oil prices fell back in Asian trading, U.S. light crude for March delivery fell by 55 cents to $93.04 a barrel in electronic trading.

This is NPR News.

There was a major service disruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held Blackberries in North America. NPR's Elaine Korry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their Blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of RIM which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This has been the second major Blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off Internet access across North America for hours. Elaine Korry, NPR News.

The Associated Press is reporting that more than a half the veterans who committed suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found that Guard or Reserve members were 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans' advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as they transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

I am Carl Kasell, NPR News in Washington.

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anabolic steroids: any of a group of usually synthetic hormones that are derivatives of testosterone, are used medically especially to promote tissue growth, and are sometimes abused by athletes to increase the size and strength of their muscles and improve endurance
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Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia are next up tp have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's // reports.
While Washington D.C residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, voters can choose to cast ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. All together, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen for Republicans Mike Huckbee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democratic nomination race between Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. // NPR News.

Three men schedule to testify tommorrow's congressonal hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on two major witnesses who will appear. Star picher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They'll // a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldmen reports.
Last night, the house committee holding tommorrow's hearing released the statement saying picher Andy Pedic, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will being dropped from the witness's list. Pedic and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained by McNamee. In the recent / report and doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Ped with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anabolic steroids. Ped acknowledged his injections, Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Ped didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Ped had already given a sworn deposition to the house committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night the Clemens will say in congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldmen, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS jounalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intense search is on the way for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occured Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the jounalists but said all efforts are on the way to find them. It requests that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The NK grows by 4 points, oil prices fail back in Asian trading, US crude for march delivery fail by 55 cents to $93.4 a barrel in electrinic trading.

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There is major service desruption yesterday for users fo wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NRP's Elen Corry reports.
Millions of people who rely on their blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage strick at about 3:30 PM eastern time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of ram which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This's been the second major blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off internet access across North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associate Press is reporting that more half the veterans who commited suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found the Guard or Reserve members were 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leader have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as they transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

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From NPR News in Washington, I’m Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia are next stop to have their say at presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR’s Ardie Cornish reports.

While Washington DC residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can’t cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and DC hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of party they are registered with. The Virginia’s primaries are open and voters can choose the cast ballot either they were Publican or Democratic race. Altogether, the primaries are present of potential 116 delegates for Republicans Mike Huckabee, John McCain while 168 pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrats’ nomination race between Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Ardie Cornish NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify tomorrow’s congressional hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the 2 major witnesses who will appear, star pitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They are waging a bitter public disputable whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clements. NPR’s Tom Goldman reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tomorrow’s hearing released the statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chuck Knoblauch and convicted drug distributor Kirk Radomski will be in drop from the witness list. Pettitte and Clemens are longtime friends, both training with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell Report on * Baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HDH * steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections, Clemens’ saying really denied McNamee’s claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn’t wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte already gave his sworn deposition to the House Committees. So did C, one of his lawyers said last night that C will say in congress what he said all along, he didn’t use banned drugs. Tom Goldman, NPR News Washington.

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Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average rose by 4 points. Oil prices fell back in Asia trading. US light Crude for March Delivery fell by 55 cents to 93 dollars and 4 cents per barrel and Electronic Trading.

This is NPR News.

There was a major service disruption yesterday for users of wireless handhold Blackberries in North America. NPR’s Elaine Korry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their Blackberries for wireless E-mail access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck about 3:30 PM eastern time. Blackberry maker Research In Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with the E-mail sever was later fixed. However, not all services were restored immediately. Shares of RAM which had traded up more than 5 percent were off one percent in after hours trading. The shares have more than double than the last twelve months. This has been the second major Blackberry outage in the year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off internet access across North America for hours. Elaine Korry NPR News.

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From NPR News in Washington, I am Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. All together, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen delegates for Republicans Mike Huckbee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination race between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish, NPR News.

Three men schedule to testify at tommorrow's congressonal hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear. Starpitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldmen reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tommorrow's hearing released the statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will being dropped from the witness's list. Pettitte and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained by Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report and doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anabolic steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections, Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte / already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldmen, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS jounalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intensive search is on the way for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the jounalists but said all efforts are on the way to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average grows by 4 points, oil prices felll back in Asian trading, US lightcrude for march delivery fail by 55 cents to $93.4 a barrel in electronic trading.

This is NPR News.

There is a major service desruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NRP's Elen Corry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of Ram which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This's been the second major blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off Internet access across North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associate Press is reporting that more than a half the veterans who commited suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found the Guard or Reserve members for a 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

I am Carl Kasell, NPR News.
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From NPR News in Washington, I am Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. All together, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen delegates for Republicans Mike Huckbee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination race between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish, NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify at tommorrow's congressonal hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear. Starpitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldmen reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tommorrow's hearing released a statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will being dropped from the witness's list. Pettitte and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anabolic steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections, Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte / already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldmen, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS jounalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intensive search is underway for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the jounalists but said all efforts are underway to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average grows by 4 points, oil prices fell back in Asian trading, US light crude for march delivery fell by 55 cents to $93.4 a barrel in electronic trading.

This is NPR News.

There is a major service desruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NRP's Elen Corry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of RIM(RIM就是Research in Motion啦) which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This's been the second major blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off Internet access across North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associate Press is reporting that more than / half the veterans who commited suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found that Guard or Reserve members for a 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

I am Carl Kasell, NPR News.
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From NPR News in Washington, I am Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. All together, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen delegates for Republicans Mike Huckabee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination race between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish, NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify at tommorrow's congressonal hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear. Starpitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tommorrow's hearing released a statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Knoblauch, and convicted drug distributer Kirk Radomski were being dropped from the witness / list. Pettitte and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anabolic steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections, Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte / already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldman, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS jounalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intensive search is underway for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the jounalists but said all efforts are underway to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average grows by 4 points, oil prices fell back in Asian trading, US lightcrude for march delivery fell by 55 cents to $93.4 a barrel in electronic trading.

This is NPR News.

There was a major service disruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NRP's Elaine Korry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of RIM which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This's been the second major blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off Internet access across North America for hours. Elaine Korry, NPR News.

The Associated Press is reporting that more than a half the veterans who commited suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found that Guard or Reserve members for a 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

I am Carl Kasell, NPR News.
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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Carl Kasell.

Voters in Virginia , Maryland and the Dstrict of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race .they go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress . they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C. hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contests of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. Altogether the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen (116)delegates for Republicans like Huckabee and John McCain, while 168 pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination races between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish , NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify at tomorrow's congressional hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear . Star pitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian MaNamee . They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldmen reports.

Last night the house Committee holding tomorrow's hearing released a statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will be dropped from the witness's list . Pettitte and Clemens are long time friends , both trained with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball , McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth Hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anobolics steroids . Pettitte acknowledged his injections . Clemnens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pattitte already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee , so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in Congress what he said all along. He didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldmen, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS journalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping . while Iraqi police said an intensive search is underway for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses say the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the journalist but said all efforts are underway to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more infromation is available.

Japanese stock prices remained virtually unchanged today, The Nikkei Average rose by 4 points , Oil prices fell back in Asian trading. U.S light crude for March delivery fell by 55 cents to $93.04 a barrel in electronic trading.

This is NPR News.

There was a major service disruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NPR's Elen Corry reports.

Millions of people who rely on the blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Blackberry maker research in motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed. However, not all service was restored immediately . Shares of RIM which had traded up more than 5% were off 1% in after- hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in last 12 months. This has been the second major blackberry outage in the year . Last April a software malfunction shut off internet access accross North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associated Press is reporting that more than half of the veterans who commited suiccide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. wer members of the National Guards and Reserves. The A.P. is quoting an analysis made by the Department Veterans clears of death among veterans of both wars. It found guards or reserve members were 53% of the veterans suicide from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have lean heavily on guards and reserve troops in the wars. Veterans adovocates say guards and reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world . President Bush signed the bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff. and do a better job of persvaing and treating vets.
I'm Carl Kesell, NPR News in Washington.
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